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Filmmaker/author Liz Goldwyn
shares the story behind her treasured Tiffany clock.

Photograph courtesy of Liz Goldwyn

My grandmother, Frances, gave this clock to my grandfather,
Samuel Goldwyn Jr., in 1949 on the occasion of their 24th wedding
anniversary. It’s especially meaningful because it’s one of the
things that I’d always admired that my father kept on his bureau.
It’s got the initials SG on it, which are also my father’s initials, and
they’re kind of tarnished with age. I would always play with the
clock when I was a little girl. I liked that it could fold up. It just
seemed like this heavy object that was kind of a secret. It
seemed so unusual and it was something that was obviously
very sentimental to my father because of where he kept it.

“In the past year or so, I’ve been
thinking a lot about the idea of time,
and how we measure it.”

When my father passed away it was given to me. In the past year
or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of time, and how we
measure it. I like imagining that this vintage clock holds all these
memories and sentiments that my grandparents or my father were
experiencing then that I am experiencing now. I grew up in the
house that my grandparents built and I would always imagine
what their lives were like. This clock is a symbol of their marriage
and their time—literally their time—that has been passed down
to me. Today, it lives on my dressing table next to a photograph of
my grandmother.