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    Default Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co.

    My new clock acquisition is a Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Company.

    It has the flat top behind the arch, the knob on the inner door is close to the edge which requires the main door to have a recessed area to accomodate it. The time movement has an outside fly, the nickle plated bob is engraved.

    I believe the dials have been repainted. The dial chapter ring diameter seems too large and is covered up some by the bezel.The calendar dial seems to have an incorrect patent date of March 18,1870. There is a case design patent date of March 18, 1879, design No. 11,073 by Lucius L. Culver. I thought the calendar movement was usually put on the dial. If this was repainted it was before 1964 according to reliable information I have. According to the information I have I am the 3rd owner of this clock.

    I will make a more thorough report on this clock in the Seth Thomas thread in the near future.

    I welcome any comments on this acquistion. Especially information on the G J Pettigrew Clock Co. Fort Worth, Texas. I have had difficulty getting information on this company. Were these made for Pettigrew through the Culver brothers Southern Calendar Clock Company?

    E.D.


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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: MDean)

    Nice score E.D. You have me drooling. I need a 7 for my collection.

    It appears you have a very nice example. It also looks correct compared to the pictures from Mr. Ly's publications. I wish I had one to compare it with.

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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: lamarw)

    Quote Originally Posted by lamarw View Post
    Nice score E.D. You have me drooling. I need a 7 for my collection.

    It appears you have a very nice example. It also looks correct compared to the pictures from Mr. Ly's publications. I wish I had one to compare it with.
    LamarW, Thanks for the comments.
    I'm very fortunate to have had the opportunity to purchase this clock. The 7s just don't seem to come up too often for sale.
    I did find an obit for a Pettigrew, G.J. in Texas died 10/1/1906.

    I guess I'll have to run over to Texas and research old documents for the G.J. Pettigrew clock company. I love researching the history of clocks and anything associated with them. Maybe some Seth thomas "specialists" on the forum can help.

    E.D.
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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: MDean)

    I also noticed you have the correct and possibly original key for the clock. I received the orginal key for my Fashion 4 and have managed to obtain correct Fashion keys for the rest of my collection. Your mustache hand on the upper dial is also correct.

    I belive TimeSavers still sells the Fashion finials. I noticed a couple of yours have the common problem with broken tips. It is kind of an owner's call to replace, repair or just leave the finials as they are on the clock.

    Once again, you have a real gem and in great condition.

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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: lamarw)

    LamarW, Yes the key is original. I plan to keep the finials as they are. Looking closely at them I can see tiny teeth marks! I guess the middle one tasted the best. I'll keep the original finials since those teeth marks are part of the story. I can see a seam down the center of the larger finial in the center. I'm not sure what type of wood is used on the replacements or if they are constructed the exact same way.

    What is really nice is that there was a small sealed envelope inside the clock. On the outside of the envelope there was a note explaining that this clock had always been owned by the (x) family before he bought it in 1964. I steam opened the envelope. Inside was a hand written note to his wife about buying the clock for his wife on their 22nd wedding anniversay. It also mentioned how he did not want her to know how much he paid for it and then he wrote "and now you know". Inside were receipts. He bought the clock in 1964 for 100.00 and paid it off in four payments. I have signatures from the two most recent owners in those receipts.

    Now if I can get info on that clock company.

    E.D.
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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: MDean)

    Not only is it a beautiful clock but what an intriguing mosaic you are starting to put together........................this one is actually"talking" to you!!
    Bruce
    Es mejor morir de pie, que vivir de rodillas.....Emiliano Zapata Salazar

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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: Bruce Barnes)

    Emit:

    Your friend Daniel is totally happy for you in getting that wonderful and beautiful looking Fashion Clock.

    I cannot imagine it not running daily and telling you the time of day and and the date.

    Enjoy for many years to come.

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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: dweiss17)

    Quote Originally Posted by dweiss17 View Post
    Emit:

    Your friend Daniel is totally happy for you in getting that wonderful and beautiful looking Fashion Clock.

    I cannot imagine it not running daily and telling you the time of day and and the date.

    Enjoy for many years to come.
    Hi Dan ! Good to hear from you. Thanks for the nice comments.

    Yes, Iím certainly having fun doing the research and I plan to enjoy this one for a long time. I was told it had not worked for quite a few years. I took the long drop pendulum off the hanger to transport it. When I got home and set it on the table it just started ticking away without the pendulum. Iím not letting it run for now until I check the movement. Iíll post pictures of it later; itís the one with the outside fly.
    E.D.

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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: Bruce Barnes)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Barnes View Post
    Not only is it a beautiful clock but what an intriguing mosaic you are starting to put together........................this one is actually"talking" to you!!
    Bruce
    Hi bruce, I like the way you stated that: “this one is ‘talking’ to you”.

    Well it did some more talking,

    I just noticed the ink stamp on the back: 9881H

    This one was built in August of 1889.


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    Interestingly on the back upper left it is punched with the numbers 78.

    I wonder if this is a production number. Are there other FASHIONs marked in this manner? Looking at the alignment each number was punched separately.



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    The word FASHION is etched into the glass then gold leafed.

    It is not entirely clear in the Ly’s S.T. books which models have the etched glass. I read three past bulletins about these clocks and I'm still not sure which ones were etched.




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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: MDean)

    That is probably the nicest #7 Fashion I have seen. I think the #3 thru #8 all had etched glass with gold leaf. I do hope you follow up on the story of the Pettigrew Clock Co. Nothing has been written about them that I know. Another interesting company along the same line would be the Dixie Calender Clock Company. I have seen their name on long pendulum white dial Seth Thomas clocks and on New Haven black dial fashion clocks. Again good luck with your research and let us know what you find.

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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: MDean)

    Here is a picture of inside the case and closeups of the outside fly. Also shown is the flat top behind the arch, and a closeup of the inner door knob with the hollowed out main door to accomodate the knob. These characteristics are typical of the Pettigrew Fashion No. 7. The bob has the rose engine engraved design.

    bo - I appreciate your comments and info. I have started researching Pettigrew and will post when I gather more information.



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    Default Re: Seth Thomas FASHION CLOCK No. 7, G J Pettigrew Clock Co. (RE: MDean)

    Oh boy, I really like that one, Emit!
    Jurgen "tempus nostrum"

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