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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: THTanner)

    my clock mentor has a gorgeous lange clock... photos in this thread: https://goo.gl/AJEgEz

    on his SECOND ultrasonic cleaning of the movement he found a note inside the winding barrel:

    San Francisco Oct. 1, 1910
    Bought from J. C. Pascoe who loaned the clock to the
    playground cafe of the Golden Gate Park. The woman
    wanted to through (ed. 'throw') us out when we wanted
    to do for it total cost of clock LKF.AL Clock originally
    made for OHM by Adholphe Lange of Dresden
    the note is about a third of the size of a fortune cookie fortune... here's a zoomed-in version and how it compares in size to a seth thomas regulator 2 label.





    i believe there's another thread on the forum about stuff found in clocks...


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    i collect antique clocks because i get all that extra time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTD View Post
    Larry, I hope you meant to write 'a chicken feather'.........!!

    JTD
    Yea it was a feather, the whole chicken would have really made a mess.
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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: lpbp)

    Along the lines of this thread, I purchased a copy a book "Old English Clocks: The Wetherfield collection" from eBay a while back. It turned out that this was an original edition, from 1907 - and the book was numbered 16 in the series. Even more, tucked inside the book was a letter from Mr Wetherfield himself, in his own handwriting, addressed to a major US clock collector and thanking him for his interest in the collection. Later editions of this book note that Wetherfield did not want his collection broken up and sold to the US, so this is an interesting historical artefact!

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: zedric)

    Just checked the letter and the collector it's addressed to is Walter H Durfee, if anyone knows anything about him? It mentions that Wethersfield was sending him three copies of the book.

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: zedric)

    Walter H. Durfee was a famous maker of long case clocks in the late 19th-early 20th century. There is quite a lot of information about him on line and in books. And I think there was quite a comprehensive article on him in the NAWCC Bulletin.

    JTD

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    I am having a lot fun reading through this thread. Keep posting!!
    My father gave me a Junghans German Wall clock(late 19th century). He always kept stuff inside the clock.
    When he gave it to me, strangely it had a bunch of chiquita banana stickers
    inside it (from countries around the world, I remember him collecting them). I keep a few guitar pick in it now,
    and the Chiquita banana stickers are still there.

    Rob

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: musicguy)

    Musicguy, perhaps your father used banana oil to lubricate the movement.

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: lpbp)

    Quote Originally Posted by lpbp View Post
    Yea it was a feather, the whole chicken would have really made a mess.
    Several years ago, after someone mentioned that his neighbor cleaned his clock by dipping a chicken feather in kerosene and rubbing it on the pivots, I mentioned that I like to just dip the whole chicken in kerosene and let it loose in the case. This thread was born from that comment.
    A man with a clock always knows the time. A man with two clocks is never sure.

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: stewey)

    If you use banana peel instead of leather in the hammers you get a very Mellow Yellow sound according to Donovan

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    Musicguy, perhaps your father used banana oil to lubricate the movement.
    If you are not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. Vince Lombardi

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: THTanner)

    Quote Originally Posted by THTanner View Post
    If you use banana peel instead of leather in the hammers you get a very Mellow Yellow sound according to Donovan

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: smike)

    Quote Originally Posted by smike View Post

    i believe there's another thread on the forum about stuff found in clocks...
    Yes, I started that one very similar to this one.

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    About 2 years back my Daughter found a saved human molar (tooth) and a small glass vial labeled as Black Leg serum in the bottom of a 30 day cottage clock. They were stuck in the gap between the lower front case and the case bottom. Those were returned with the clock, shown to the owners and tucked back into the case as they had been for some time, although without as much lint.

    I have seen a nice hand built "German Box Clock" style wall clock that rotates out a security style pump shotgun when a portion of the side case is manipulated... Glad the owner didn't think I overcharged or anything. Kind of took me by surprise when it was demonstrated, it was very clever and looked well made.
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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: THTanner)

    Took the back board of a Black columned mantle clock to investigate it's condition today & found what looks like mouse poison inside, reminded me of Hickory Dickery Doc, Mouse won't revisit this clock.
    4" dia. round hole in the back board, with no provision for a cover evident.

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: jpbaun_clock_service)

    I have found the occasional interesting source for bits that people have used to repair clocks. Bits of printed tin can for instance.

    I have been looking for a bracket clock for a while and the nearest I have got is the use of bracket clock mounting straps to form stirrups for gut pulleys and movement mounts for longcase.

    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: Items found in clocks (By: shutterbug)

    Maybe somebody hid the glasses from their sibling or parent and forgot they did it or was to scared to tell dad that they did it.

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