Dorrin K Mace, Horologost

Dorrin K Mace, Horologost
The Clock Man in a pensive moment

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Bultman Funeral Home Clock

On permanent display at

1749 Mercer Grove City Road
Mercer, PA 16137-6333

Ph. 724 748 4058

The Bultman Funeral Home in New Orleans, LA, also known as The House of Bultman, was operated by members of the Bultman family from 1883 until 2005.  Several historic persons were prepared for burial by the Bultmans to include Confederate President Jefferson Davis, actress Jayne Mansfield, and writer Anne Rice’s husband, Stan Rice to name a few.
Damage from Hurricane Katrina prompted the closure of the Funeral home and the assets were put up for auction.
The clock was purchased by a collector in Michigan.  After the purchase the collector determined the clock was not to his liking and too much restoration was needed.  Once again the clock was put up for sale.
 Dorrin Mace from Pine Knoll Clock Shop purchased the clock in Saginaw Michigan to keep it from going to a scrap yard.

The clock was purchased by Pine Knoll Clock Shop in September, 2011.  After extensive cleaning and restoration to the movements, dials, hands and lighting, the clock was put on display in front of the clock shop in November, 2011.

After purchase of the clock Dorrin began to do research on the clock and the original owners.  It was determined the clock was from the 1940's and was prominently displayed in front of the funeral home.  The Bultman family was famous for their style and lavish parties given at the funeral homes.
Play write Tennessee Williams stayed for a period in one of the 3rd floor rentals and would look down at the clock for inspiration and time keeping.  The play Suddenly Last Summer was written while he was staying at the funeral home.  A scene from the play takes place in the atrium at the funeral home and is referred to as the Jungle Garden in the play.

Dorrin enjoys restoring the past and was very pleased to be able to restore this historic piece for display at the clock shop


  1. I am glad to see the clock is in good hands. The Bultman Funeral Home belonged to my grandfather's grandfather. I would have loved to have as much from that business as I could.

    1. You might be interested in knowing that we have determined the maker of this unique clock. After much effort we have determined the maker was Bevelo Lighting of New Orleans. Your great-grandfather special ordered this piece from the founder of Bevelo Lighting and wanted the style of the clock to reflect the style of the famous French Quarter Gas Lights, that Bevelo has so proudly been crafting since the 1940's Additionally, this clock is keyed to our carillon, the Westminster chimes call every 15 minutes from 7am to 9pm. Musical selections are played daily at 10am, 12noon, 3pm, and 6pm. Here is a blogpost on how the clock appeared when we acquired it:
      And another post on the carillon:

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