George H Clark Ogee clock – movement and dial work

One cannot deny the classic style of an American Ogee clock. This one is in great shape and required almost nothing to get it to top form. 30-hour shelf clocks are abundant but not many cases survive years of wear and tear. This George H. Clark 30-hour shelf clock is a very good example of … More George H Clark Ogee clock – movement and dial work

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How to remove a 30 hour clock movement from its case and one important note

In the process of adjusting the strike side on a George H Clark 30 hour clock I decided to make a video showing how to remove and install a 30-hour movement from its case. Part of the video concerns the adjustments required for the clock to run correctly but also shows steps required to safely … More How to remove a 30 hour clock movement from its case and one important note

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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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Sperry and Shaw 30 hour four column New York Style shelf clock – servicing the movement

I decided that it was time to service this attractive New York-styled Sperry and Shaw 30 hour time and strike, four column hour-strike clock. The case measures 25 1/2 inches in height by 14 inches in width, very close to the dimensions of a typical ogee clock. This clock is an estate auction buy. The … More Sperry and Shaw 30 hour four column New York Style shelf clock – servicing the movement

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Waterbury, New Haven or EN Welch – A true Frankenstein clock

Is this attractive 30 hour weight driven Ogee a Waterbury, a New Haven or an E.N. Welch? All of the above, actually and perhaps more. The older the clock and the greater the number of owners means there is an increased chance that there have been minor and even significant changes to the clock Is … More Waterbury, New Haven or EN Welch – A true Frankenstein clock

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The Canada Clock Company (Hamilton Clock Co.) – a brief history

If one were to ask those with a keen interest in Canadian antique clocks, the word Pequegnat would immediately come to mind. Pequegnat produced clocks for close to 40 years and left an indelible mark on Canadian culture. Predating Arthur Pequegnat is a lesser known clock maker (or clock-makers) that made clocks between 1872 and … More The Canada Clock Company (Hamilton Clock Co.) – a brief history

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Arthur Pequegnat Bedford – bringing a handsome mantel clock back to life – Part II

This is Part II of a two part series in which I describe the final finishing of an Arthur Pequegnat Bedford clock case. In Part I I described the challenges of repairing the clock case and the minor repairs to the movement. In the first part of the series I also described how I acquired … More Arthur Pequegnat Bedford – bringing a handsome mantel clock back to life – Part II

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Sperry and Shaw 30 hour 4 column New York Style shelf clock circa 1846-47

I have the 30-hour clock bug and my collection of them is steadily growing, but where to put them all? I have not decided where to put this one and for the moment it is on the floor of my work room. Sperry and Shaw were not thought of as a high end clock company … More Sperry and Shaw 30 hour 4 column New York Style shelf clock circa 1846-47

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Interesting steeple clock from the short-lived Hamilton Clock Co. (Canada)

I wasn’t on the lookout for another steeple clock but when I discovered this on a local online for-sale site I just could not pass it up. Let’s clear something up from the outset. The Hamilton Clock Co in the United States and the Hamilton Watch Co were probably associated with each other in some … More Interesting steeple clock from the short-lived Hamilton Clock Co. (Canada)

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Blackforest shelf clock (Canadian made) gives me grief but decides to run again

The clock is a 1937 Blackforest Royal Tour commemorative edition shelf clock with an 8-day time-only “plate” clock movement. Plate clock movements are so-called because they were typically used on kitchen clocks with Dutch Delft plates such as this one in the next photo. The movement is likely German and could have been made by a number of … More Blackforest shelf clock (Canadian made) gives me grief but decides to run again

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Featured article on Chelsea Clock blog about my blog

The following is an article that was featured on the Chelsea Clock blog I have always had a fascination with clocks. As a young boy I can remember the schoolhouse clock in my grandparents’ kitchen and the ticking sound it would make that echoed through the entire house. We all have busy lives and despite my … More Featured article on Chelsea Clock blog about my blog

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Clocks we saw while on a visit to Spain and Portugal

In the early spring, my wife and I travelled to Portugal and Spain. We attended our daughter’s destination wedding in Sintra, Portugal and we decided to expand our stay, visit Spain and see the sights in Barcelona and Montserrat. Spain has always been on our bucket list and it did not disappoint. Being a clock … More Clocks we saw while on a visit to Spain and Portugal

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Elisha Manross Steeple Clock – addressing spire issues and other things

I am not a huge collector of steeple clocks but I was intrigued by one I found in an old barn. I bought 4 clocks as part of a barn find this past winter (2018). Two including this one are salvageable. The two others are for case and works parts only. $5 for a clock … More Elisha Manross Steeple Clock – addressing spire issues and other things

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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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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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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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The art of veneering – Part III – staining and finishing

This is Part III and the final part 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. A recent acquisition, this is an 8-day … More The art of veneering – Part III – staining and finishing

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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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The art of veneering – Part I – general assessment and the work to be done

This is Part I of a three part series on my first venture with 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. Repairing veneer on a clock case is inevitable. As much as … More The art of veneering – Part I – general assessment and the work to be done

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