Early clock by Waynesboro maker is on block


CHAMBERSBURG–A rare Waynesboro artifact is up for sale in an online auction.

Peter Grumbine was a well-known clockmaker in Waynesboro during the early 1800s. Grumbine was born in Maryland to Johannes Krumbine, of Lancaster, and Sophia Weber. He married Anna E Summerville and had three children.

He was first documented in Washington Township on an 1827 tax record as a silversmith. For the next 20 years he worked as a clockmaker and watchmaker.

The Waynesboro Village Record newspaper carried many of Grumbine’s advertisements for his clockworks establishment on East Main Street across from the Saddler’s Shop of William P. Weagly.

Grubine later served as the township secretary under the Representative Citizenship from 1862-1866. He died on April 5, 1867 in Waynesboro and is buried at the Greenhill Cemetery.

The only known examples of Grumbine’s clocks are showcased at the Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro, but one of the tall case clocks he built in 1834 is being auctioned online through Dec. 16.

“I’ve never seen one of these clocks for sale in all of my 30+ years as an auctioneer,” said Matt Hurley, of Hurley Auctions, which is handling the sale. “It being so local to us is definitely a momentous occasion.”

The auction is being held online now through Dec. 16 and will include an entire estate of antiques and primitives, including signed letters from Presidents Coolidge and Hoover. The auction may be viewed at  www.hurleyauctions.com and items will be available for public inspection on Thursday, Dec 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1201 Arbor Ridge Rd., Chambersburg.

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