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    tigerlily24
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    Default Seth Thomas PRR

    I am trying to determine the meaning of the PRR 38690 number on the face of this clock. I know nothing about clocks, but so far I think this is a Seth Thomas No. 2. I just don't know what this number on the face means. Has anyone seen this before. Thanks for your help.


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    tigerlily24
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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    I am trying to determine the meaning of the PRR 38690 number on the face of this clock. I know nothing about clocks, but so far I think this is a Seth Thomas No. 2. I just don't know what this number on the face means. Has anyone seen this before. Thanks for your help.


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    tigerlily24
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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    I thought it might be Pennsylvania Railroad. I have learned that there were about 10 - 15 railroads that used the PRR initials at one time or another. I emailed Seth Thomas but they were purchased by Colibri (sp?) 4 years ago and they have none of the prior history.

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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    Your clock was part of the Pennsylvania Railroad's inventory, as the lettering/numbers on the dial indicate. I've seen quite a few of these Seth #2's with the same dial markings. A nice piece of RR history.

    BOB

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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    Welcome tigerlily24, Bob is right. I worked at the PRR in the Penn Fruit Building in Phila., Pa. in 1964 and saw some of those clocks hanging in offices there. That is a very valuable and collectible clock.
    Mike C.
    aka clock whisperer

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    tigerlily24
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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    Thanks for the info. I would like to know if anyone could tell me what book would be the best for me to purchase to get an approximate value of this clock. My library doesn't offer much and there are so many books out there. Also does the PRR number on the front identify it in anyway, such as what depot or station it was in or is it just a serial number. Thanks again.

    Terry

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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">does the PRR number on the front identify it in anyway, such as what depot or station </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Probably right. I believe I read somewhere that the serial #'s were also handy for the service scheduling, and record keeping, of all the different regulators the PRR used. Today we may never know exactly where yours was actually stationed.
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> I would like to know if anyone could tell me what book would be the best for me to purchase to get an approximate value of this clock </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Keep your eyes out for the popular clock auctions (Schmitt's, Horton's, Cottone, Tom Harris, etc. -am I allowed to mention these names? Not trying to advertise.). This is probably the most up-to-date way of guaging the value of your regulator. Also, a similar specimen may occasionally appear on ebay. Thanks for the pictures!

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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    Tigerlily24:

    You may want to contact the archivist at the Penn. RR (or whatever RR now owns the former Penn RR) and see if they still have those records. I have contacted archivists at other RR's on other issues and they have all been very helpful whenever the records still exist.

    They tend to be very proud of their history.

    RobertG
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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    Would anyone know if these dials were painted at the Seth Thomas factory or if the railroad company procured them and then had them painted with whatever designation they wanted after they received them? Just curious.

    Derek

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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    I have been digging around for information about this clock. It seems that most of the clocks have the PRR initials stamped on the case of the clock. I have read of some that have the serial number on the face but I haven't seen any with the PRR included with the serial number. Is this unusual? I would also be interested to see the answer to the question Derek posted. Thanks for all of the help.

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    D. Meek
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    Default Seth Thomas PRR (RE: tigerlily24)

    As far as Pennsylvania railroad research is concerned, try the PRR historical society. I belong to another railroad historical society, and typically they have access to most railroad archives and information. They may be able to assist you.
    http://www.prrths.com

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