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Clock

<p>As well as telling the time, a Morez clock said a lot about the family&rsquo;s social status.</p>

As well as telling the time, a Morez clock said a lot about the family’s social status.

A Morez clock such as this one on the wall of the living room, a most expensive purchase in its day, said a lot too about the family’s social status, since only the better-off houses could have afforded one.

The Moretz clock is named for the town in France where it was made. Timepieces like this one, from different clockmakers, began to appear in this part of the Catalan Pyrenees in the eighteenth century, and by the beginning of the twentieth they had become quite common. They were often carried over the mountains from the north by smugglers hiking through the passes with their packs on their backs.

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