A woodworks movement by Daniel Pratt Jr. and it actually works

Won at auction this spring is a Daniel Pratt Jr. reverse ogee with splat although this one is missing the splat, the decorative piece on top of the case. According to the label it was made in or after 1843. It was also missing the suspension spring and pendulum rod and the wire with regulating … More A woodworks movement by Daniel Pratt Jr. and it actually works

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Clock auctions – Ron’s rules for bidding

The psychology of auctions, now that would be a fascinating study. How bidders behave, the frenzy of bidding wars often called “auction fever“, and the emotions wrapped into the pursuit of that one item everybody seems to want would be very enlightening. Auctions are fantastic places to find great deals. I have found many clocks … More Clock auctions – Ron’s rules for bidding

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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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A custom test stand for weight driven ogee style clocks

A few weeks back I published an article on clock testing stands. While a single clock stand would be ideal for all movement testing purposes there are so many different types and styles of movements that one size does not fit all. The one stand I was missing was for testing weight-driven ogee style clocks … More A custom test stand for weight driven ogee style clocks

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Traditional shellac improves the appearance of an ogee clock case

This Chauncey Jerome 30-hour or one-day clock from about 1844-1845 is the example that I am using to illustrate the advantages of using traditional shellac as a finish coat. The mahogany veneer is in very good condition and it is evident that the clock was not subject to the abuse one would expect of a … More Traditional shellac improves the appearance of an ogee clock case

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Chauncey Jerome 30-hour movement – two unusual issues during servicing

I was not really looking for an ogee clock to add to my collection. But there it was sitting in a lonely corner of an antique shop calling me, “buy me”; and I did. It is probably the oldest one in my collection of 4 other ogee clocks. It was made in or about 1845. … More Chauncey Jerome 30-hour movement – two unusual issues during servicing

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Chauncey Jerome 30-hour ogee has stopped – the trouble with trundles

My Chauncey Jerome 30-hour Ogee weight driven time and strike clock has stopped for no obvious reason. Let’s see if we can get it going again. But first, no-one can deny that Chauncey Jerome had made a historic contribution to the American clock industry in the 18th century when he substituted brass works for wooden … More Chauncey Jerome 30-hour ogee has stopped – the trouble with trundles

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George H. Clark 30-hour Ogee clock – in very nice shape

This George H. Clark 30-hour shelf clock is a very good example of Connecticut form. The case form is called and “og” or “ogee”. a mathematical term that describes the “S” curve shape in the primary molding that surrounds the door. The clock has a brass time, strike, weight driven movement with original printed paper … More George H. Clark 30-hour Ogee clock – in very nice shape

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New Haven 30 hour Sharp Gothic (Steeple) – a curious fact

This is a recent acquisition bought at a local online estate auction site. It has a curious fact that I found quite intriguing. My wife and I saw a very attractive colonial style Stickley writers desk and while browsing further through the online catalogue I noticed 2 clocks. One was an IBM style time clock … More New Haven 30 hour Sharp Gothic (Steeple) – a curious fact

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Grandfathers clock – the drop door, the movement and other things – Part IV

This is the fourth and final article on this curious and somewhat homely Waterbury time and strike schoolhouse clock. I have a vivid memory of this Waterbury octagon short drop schoolhouse clock that hung in my grandparent’s kitchen when I was a young boy. Now that I have it what do I do with it. … More Grandfathers clock – the drop door, the movement and other things – Part IV

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My antique clock stopped, what do I do?

There are four general categories of clock mechanisms; quartz, electro-mechanical, electric, and mechanical. Mechanical clocks be they antique or vintage types are the focus of this post and if your clock has stopped perhaps I can help. It may surprise some to know that mechanical clocks need periodic winding Perhaps you have a newly acquired … More My antique clock stopped, what do I do?

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Looking for an antique Ogee clock? Now is the best time to buy

Ogee clock prices seem to be at their lowest level in years. If you have your heart set on an Ogee clock, there is probably no better time to buy than now. Ogee clock; clock design that originated in the United States in the 1830s, distinguished by a case (usually pine) the front outer edges of … More Looking for an antique Ogee clock? Now is the best time to buy

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Daniel Pratt Jr. reverse ogee and splat clock with mirrored tablet

This Daniel Pratt Jr. reverse Ogee shelf clock was made in Reading, Massachusetts, c. 1832-38. It has a splat-top mahogany case with half (?) reverse Ogee moldings flanking the door, painted wooden Roman numeral dial and mirrored lower tablet. The label inside states in part. Clocks manufactured and warranted by Daniel Pratt Jr. Reading Mass, … More Daniel Pratt Jr. reverse ogee and splat clock with mirrored tablet

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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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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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The art of veneering – Part II – veneer work

This is Part II of a three part series on my first venture into veneer repair on an antique clock. Prior to beginning this project I spent many hours researching veneer repair, watching YouTube videos and seeking advice from my knowledgeable colleagues at NAWCC. This is an 8-day Seth Thomas column and cornice time and … More The art of veneering – Part II – veneer work

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