An obituary for an E. Ingraham gingerbread clock – the case that is!

Can this gingerbread clock made by E. Ingraham be saved? Possibly, but this clock is destined to become a parts clock and I will explain why in this post. In the spring of this year (2022) 4 clocks were bought at auction. I can save three of them but not this one. Gingerbread clocks often … More An obituary for an E. Ingraham gingerbread clock – the case that is!

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Grand Assortment by Sessions – is the assortment really that grand?

This is not the first Grand Assortment clock from the Sessions Clock Co. that I have worked on. In June 2019 I repaired a family member’s clock. It is exactly the same model. The Grand Assortment was sold “six in a case” to retailers who then sold them separately. The name “assortment” seems appropriate and … More Grand Assortment by Sessions – is the assortment really that grand?

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Ansonia Canada 30-hour kitchen clock – almost as good as new

This attractive little clock was bought at auction earlier this spring. The walnut case is actually in good shape and the tablet looks not only original but is in decent condition as well. I expected a well-cared-for movement but to my surprise, it was in deplorable condition, a prime example of a clock that saw … More Ansonia Canada 30-hour kitchen clock – almost as good as new

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Refreshing an Ingraham “octagon top” 30-hour shelf clock – keep or sell?

This 30-hour shelf clock (hour strike) was manufactured by American clock-maker E. Ingraham and Co. in the 1870s. There are various iterations of the name over the maker’s history but this was the one the company used from 1861 to 1880. The clock was bought at auction in mid-March 2022 along with 3 other clocks. … More Refreshing an Ingraham “octagon top” 30-hour shelf clock – keep or sell?

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The case may be a lost cause but I can save the movement

The case might be a lost cause but I can certainly save the movement of this Ingraham Ocean series gingerbread clock. The clock came to me in fair condition but it was missing a key element, the glass tablet and for that reason, I am not inclined to source a replacement, the clock is just … More The case may be a lost cause but I can save the movement

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Ansonia 30-hour parlour clock with a very worn movement

I acquired a number of clocks at auction this past winter (2022). All were antiques and all were in poor to fair condition but each one had potential. The auction notes simply said the movements were untested which can mean just about anything from a failed, irreparable movement to something that might have been serviced … More Ansonia 30-hour parlour clock with a very worn movement

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Tick Talk Tuesday #41 – who made this clock?

Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I have received from readers concerning clock issues, challenges faced, a clock you would profiled or advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circles for the best possible answer PN writes: We bought this … More Tick Talk Tuesday #41 – who made this clock?

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Schatz and Sohne carriage clock – a second look

Schatz and Sohne, the maker of this pretty little 8-day carriage clock may not have considered that one day their carriage clocks would require servicing. Did they make a throw-away clock? We’ll see. Many were sold and typically gifted to family, friends, and business associates. Over the years they have either been tossed out, found … More Schatz and Sohne carriage clock – a second look

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Lessons learned from 10 years of clock collecting, repair, and restoration

Ten years have flown by very quickly. Just the other day I was cleaning a clock I serviced over 5 1/2 years ago and it struck me that I have been at this for over 10 years and loving it. Three years into the hobby I decided to begin blogging and have been at it … More Lessons learned from 10 years of clock collecting, repair, and restoration

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Seasonal changes in DST may be a thing of the past

On March 15, 2022 British Columbia (Canada) announced that the province is ready to spring forward with permanent daylight savings time (DST) as soon as the United States signs off on national legislation. Now approved by the senate the U.S. House of Representatives must take the time to review the bill. If it passes, the … More Seasonal changes in DST may be a thing of the past

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Tick Talk Tuesday #40 – identify Junghans bracket clock

Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I have received from readers concerning clock issues, challenges faced, a clock you would profiled or advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circles for the best possible answer S. writes; This clock was … More Tick Talk Tuesday #40 – identify Junghans bracket clock

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Tempus Fugit Time Company announces expanded capacity

I am very excited and I hope you are as well to learn that the Tempus Fugit Time Company is pleased to announce the opening of its latest factory in Gackle, North Dakota. The factory in Shanghai China was unable to meet the increased demand for clocks which inevitably meant expansion into North America. The … More Tempus Fugit Time Company announces expanded capacity

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Tick Talk Tuesday #39 – Mauthe box clock

Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I have received from readers concerning clock issues, challenges faced, a clock you would profiled or advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circles for the best possible answer NT writes: I was wondering … More Tick Talk Tuesday #39 – Mauthe box clock

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Are inexpensive carriage clocks worth fixing? Schatz and Sohne

Schatz and Sohne, the maker of this attractive 8-day carriage clock may not have considered the fact one day their carriage clocks would require servicing. Did they make a throw-away clock? We’ll see. Many were sold and gifted to family, friends, and business associates. Over the years they have either been tossed out, found their … More Are inexpensive carriage clocks worth fixing? Schatz and Sohne

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The thin line between restoring a clock to its former glory and ruining it

There is a thin line between restoring a clock case to its former glory and ruining it forever. While the intent is to make them look like the day they were made, many clocks get stripped and poorly refinished and the results are beyond sad. Although there is much debate in the world of antique … More The thin line between restoring a clock to its former glory and ruining it

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An 1848 Scottish clock – relearning sympathetic vibration

In 2020 my wife and I bought a Scottish tall case clock at a live auction. We had wanted one for years and it ticked all the right boxes for us, tall, stately, attractive, easy to repair movement, intact with very little actually missing. Not one person in the auction hall was interested in the … More An 1848 Scottish clock – relearning sympathetic vibration

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Tick Talk Tuesday #38 – Swigart replacement dial

Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I have received from readers concerning clock issues, challenges faced, a clock you would profiled or advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circles for the best possible answer GB writes: Yesterday I pick … More Tick Talk Tuesday #38 – Swigart replacement dial

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