9 Center Square P.O. Box 235
New Oxford, Pa. 17350


(717) 495-3395
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Gear on interior movement signed and dated John Hoover/1796
Cherry with lightwood inlays and poplar secondary
H: 108.5 with finials; W: 21”; D: 11”

The enameled dial is inscribed : Frederick- Buster for John or James Buster of Frederick County, Maryland. The main gear of the movement is incised “J.B.” and also “J. Hoover” for John Hoover (1771-1832) Emmitsburg, Maryland journeyman clockmaker.

The case is among the earliest and most ambitious pieces from the Upper Potomac Valley. The corner columns have an interesting combination of arched stopped fluting and relief carved vines. The base corner columns are inlaid in a vine and leaf pattern.

– Captain George Calmes (1756-1834), “Mount Pleasant” Ridgeley (now West) Virginia to daughter,
– Lucy Calmes (1780-1832) m. Roger Perry, Sr. (1767-1835) to son,
-Capt. Roger Perry, Jr. (1814-1880)m. Estelle Taylor (1883-1867) to daughter,
-Mary Calmes Perry (1856-1933) m. Rev. John Arthur Evans by sale to cousin,
-Sarah Van Lear Perry (1845-1920) m. Henry Shriver (1841-1896) by sale to
-Mrs. Walter James Muncaster of Cumberland, Maryland by descent to her daughter,
-Margaret Muncaster (1910-1998) by auction to:
-John J. Snyder, Lancaster PA.