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    Default Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock

    We have a Colonial Mfg Co grandmother's clock, No. 1327 stenciled on the back, and what looks like number 70991327-1 handwritten in chalk on the back. I know that it has been said that the first two digits represent the year of manufacture, but the clock was in the previous owner's possession since at least the 1950s-1960s. The first two digits might instead be 10 instead of 70. Inside the mechanism reads Kienzle No.77633. Photo attached. Wondering when itClick image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Denicola)

    Hello,

    It is difficult to identify a clock based on partial photograph; we need to see the entire clock.

    Colonial stenciled on the back of the clock: model number and cutting number (number of clocks planned for that run)

    I would ignore any chalk writing as spurious. Colonial did not begin putting manufacturing date information until 1970s and it was a metal tag not chalk.

    It is listed in Colonial Manufacturing Co. 1919/1920 catalog, so I would believe it was produced 1918 - 1923 as Colonial was routinely changing its product offering.

    Andy Dervan

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Andy Dervan)

    Thanks so much for the help. Here's a photo with the full size shown.

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Andy Dervan)

    Don't know if photounattached, so I am trying again.

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Denicola)

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Denicola)

    It is missing two finials on top.
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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: harold bain)

    1327 is the main model name. Colonial clocks often came with two or three
    different movement options and sometimes optional dials as well.
    They would all share the same model name.
    For a particular model, the wood was usually of the same type but some
    were even offered in different woods but the same pattern for the cuts
    of the wood.
    Colonial liked using mahogany. Most of their clocks were done in mahogany
    but there were some oak and I believe even some others in things like cherry.
    Tinker Dwight

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: harold bain)

    Thanks. Yes, I thought something was broken off at each end of the decoration on top.

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    Thank you very much for the information. It looks like mahogany to me.

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Denicola)

    I took the liberty to enhance the picture up, so we can see the wood. It's a nice case with good proportions, appears to me to be mahogany. A thorough cleaning of the case will brighten it up.
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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Dave T)

    Hello,

    The clock is correct; it had only one finial. Fortunately it has survived well and is almost 100 years old.

    Andy Dervan

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Dervan View Post
    Hello,

    The clock is correct; it had only one finial. Fortunately it has survived well and is almost 100 years old.

    Andy Dervan

    Andy, Tran Duy Ly's Longcase Clocks And Standing Regulators shows this clock model with 3 finials. The poster notes that "I thought something was broken off at each end of the decoration on top."
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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: harold bain)

    In looking at it again, it doesn't seem like anything was broken off. Instead it looks like there were holes drilled on each side where maybe some decorative piece might have been inserted at one time.

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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Denicola)

    Quote Originally Posted by Denicola View Post
    In looking at it again, it doesn't seem like anything was broken off. Instead it looks like there were holes drilled on each side where maybe some decorative piece might have been inserted at one time.
    Yep, that is where the finials would have gone.
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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: harold bain)

    Denicola,

    Your pictures were great! Here is an image of model 1327 from Colonial's 1919-20 catalog.

    Enjoy,

    Terry
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    Default Re: Colonial Mfg. Co. Grandmother's Clock (By: Terry C.)

    Thanks. Happened to find another picture online that looks like the same one.Click image for larger version. 

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