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  1. David D'Apice

    William Pratt Banjo Surprise

    Brian -- thanks -- the clock is all apart on the bench -- as soon as it's remotely together again, I'll grab some shots of it --- we were too excited to photograph it before we took everything apart --- nobody was thinking at the moment -- it was too much fun.
  2. David D'Apice

    William Pratt Banjo Surprise

    After being lucky bidder on a banjo clock at the last auction, my 83-year-old Dad and I opened it to clean and overhaul the movement. To our delight, inside, scratched on the back plate, was "Made by Wm. Pratt, 1835" -- I can only assume it is original --- the movement holes all seem to line up...
  3. David D'Apice

    Roxbury Tallcase Clock ID

    Wow -- you guys are incredible with all this knowledge --- the case does appear to be fully mahogany -- and the red wash was clearly on there before the pencil service date of 1843 -- I have seen this wash inside lots of period furniture - I have no reason to doubt it was the first coat. I just...
  4. David D'Apice

    Roxbury Tallcase Clock ID

    Hi -- not sure --- I wonder if they didn't play a role during construction? I wondered if it couldn't have had a false plate at some time, but that seems unlikely given the fit of everything.
  5. David D'Apice

    Roxbury Tallcase Clock ID

    A few more photos from inside the hood. About as clean as I could hope for.
  6. David D'Apice

    Roxbury Tallcase Clock ID

    Sorry my photos aren't better guys --- here's are a few though --- this movement has been in this case since day one. Where it was or if it was before that, I'm not sure. RM and I were both at the auction, and his lineage is correct. The service date on the door (which has its original red wash)...
  7. David D'Apice

    Roxbury Tallcase Clock ID

    I agree - it was fixed to the wall --- it's no longer in that house. It was removed from there when I bought it.
  8. David D'Apice

    Roxbury Tallcase Clock ID

    Hi there Jim --- here's the dial and case ---- thanks for all your information -- I'm questioning Litchfield as well ---
  9. David D'Apice

    Roxbury Tallcase Clock ID

    This delightful tallcase came from an estate locally, and is said to have been there since its manufacture. Although the dial is unsigned, while blowing the dust off the seatboard, I found this carved name "S. Safford" --- and something below it that may resemble the date 1806. I learned that...
  10. David D'Apice

    Silas Hoadley 30 Hour Crime

    Hi --- sorry for the delay -- here are a few shots with bad lighting --- the clock is ticking away happily -- making the sort of snapping tick it was supposed to make -- these wooden works clocks are cool. A little touchup on the case here or there, and this one's ready for the next century! It...
  11. David D'Apice

    Silas Hoadley 30 Hour Crime

    Thanks guys -- I reached out to Don ---- hands on the way!
  12. David D'Apice

    Silas Hoadley 30 Hour Crime

    Hi everyone. Happy Summer -- I'm glad to report that this movement and clock is together and running!!! Wow. What an adventure. If memory serves me correctly, we used to be able to buy repro pewter hands for these clocks --- try as I have, I can't seem to find a supplier any more -- anyone know...
  13. David D'Apice

    Silas Hoadley 30 Hour Crime

    Here's what I've been able to find all over the cellar ---- the first photo is a closeup of the plates with a time side great wheel, barrel, clutch and motion works drive gear. I've even got the second wheel (even though it's missing a pinion leaf (yuck). The second photo is everything that...
  14. David D'Apice

    Silas Hoadley 30 Hour Crime

    I'm determined not to give up on the original plates from this clock --- all that was left was a dog leg plate and the big chunk was cut out (hacked) ---- I found a Hoadley front plate in my scrap bin and spliced it in as best as possible. The holes appear to line up at first analysis -- it...
  15. David D'Apice

    Silas Hoadley 30 Hour Crime

    RM --- right ---- I've got a note over to the American Clock and Watch museum to try to get photos of their Litchfield clock so I can locate a somewhat similar movement to what it should have been -- I've got to try -- these pieces are too cool not to.
  16. David D'Apice

    Silas Hoadley 30 Hour Crime

    I'm delighted to have this great simple grandfather -- a 30-hour Hoadley with no calendar mechanism. Can you imagine the mindset that would butcher such a beautiful piece of early American craftsmanship? If anyone has a pile of the right parts, I'd be so glad to put this thing back in order ---...
  17. David D'Apice

    Litchfield Papier Mache mystery

    Fairly correct fitting and looking dial.
  18. David D'Apice

    Litchfield Papier Mache mystery

    According to the dial -- the winding arbors are about 3.1875" across from each other, the two of them are about 1.242" below the hand shaft -- and the diagonal from winding arbor to hand shaft is about 1.9375. Not sure whether this would confirm 8 day versus 30 hour, but it might hint at it.
  19. David D'Apice

    Litchfield Papier Mache mystery

    Good thought --- here's what the backboard looks like -- I believe it was made about 50 years after the clock --- the cut out door is obviously the work of a hack. Open to interpretation!
  20. David D'Apice

    Litchfield Papier Mache mystery

    That Brown concept is interesting --- but the distance from arbors to hand shaft is still too great to fit the dial --- this is such a mystery ---- I'd hate to count the dial out. Intersting that the Brown label shows the same round coil witness! Thanks for the help. I'm still on the lookout!

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