IIII or IV on a clock dial face? Why the difference

Clocks with Roman numerals have ‘4’ as ‘IV,’ while others use ‘IIII’. Why? There is no a definitive answer. There are a handful of competing theories and one of them might just be the correct one. Let’s look at a few. When Roman numerals were used by the Roman Empire, the name of the Romans’ … More IIII or IV on a clock dial face? Why the difference

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Chauncey Jerome 30 hour ogee – servicing a #1.314 time and strike movement

I bought four clocks at an estate auction several weeks ago, this and three other Ogee clocks plus a parlour clock. This clock is no less interesting than the others but I was lucky enough to research its maker and date it fairly accurately. I wish I knew its provenance but nevertheless it is an … More Chauncey Jerome 30 hour ogee – servicing a #1.314 time and strike movement

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Addressing an upper tablet replacement on a Seth Thomas column and cornice clock

This is a fine example of a Seth Thomas column and cornice clock with sleigh front made prior to 1867 and sold by the R.W. Paterson Company of Canada West. Both the lower and upper tablets appear to be original and are in very good condition. Unfortunately this antique American column and cornice time and … More Addressing an upper tablet replacement on a Seth Thomas column and cornice clock

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The challenges of restoring an Ansonia Drop Extra wall clock when the clock is rare and parts are hard to come by

I acquired four old clocks in a barn find. Two, a 30 hour Ogee and a mantel clock were totally unsalvageable although I managed to take off some veneer, case parts, a movement, boards, case hardware and a few other items. Two others were worth a second look. One is an Elisha Manross 30 hour … More The challenges of restoring an Ansonia Drop Extra wall clock when the clock is rare and parts are hard to come by

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Elisha Manross Steeple Clock – the early days of the American clock

I acquired four old clocks in a barn find. Two, a 30 hour ogee and a mantel clock were salvageable only that I was able to take veneer, case parts, one movement and a few pieces. The two other clocks are worth preserving. Though it is missing some case parts one of them is an … More Elisha Manross Steeple Clock – the early days of the American clock

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If clocks could tock – the stories they could tell

I wish I knew the stories of all of my clocks. Antique and vintage clocks evoke a time when life was simpler than the hectic times we live in today. Those nostalgic times when the things we bought and cherished were living memories of people and places that are gone but not forgotten. Antique clocks … More If clocks could tock – the stories they could tell

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Chauncey Jerome 30 hour Ogee – a 156 year old American clock that is a tribute to the man himself

I bought four wonderful clocks at an estate auction several weeks ago, this and three other Ogee clocks plus a parlour clock. This clock is no less interesting than the other three but I was lucky enough to research its maker and date the manufacture to within a year or two. Noble Jerome’s invention showed … More Chauncey Jerome 30 hour Ogee – a 156 year old American clock that is a tribute to the man himself

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