19th Century 7.5 inch convex dial clock

novicetimekeeper

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Not without issues this one.

oversize winding hole and some adjustment to falseplate to make fit. Backbox has no dovetails, and cockbeading on bottom door is on the
case not the door. Surround side rails are both shaped but one is thinner and newer. Original was nailed, replacement screwed. Dial is very thin and poorly repainted.

Bezel looks like an early spun one, has a number of cracks. Movement looks ok but pendulum is homemade and crutch has been bent to suit.

Overall not my best buy but wasn't that expensive and will look much better when restored.

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Chris Radano

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Yes but it's 7.5". Last I checked that is pretty small. When I see these small pendulum movement dial clocks, they seem to come 2 different ways. Either heavily used with chintzy homemade restorations..... or shiny, glaring brand-new looking restored.
 

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As you say with a bit of TLC it will come up well. What will you do with the bezel, repolish it a little or a lot or replace ? i am interested because of its cracks and as often happens with early 400 day spun all brass bases, the cracking can become quite severe from excessive polishing ( as the stresses are relieved, I believe)
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Chris Radano

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I have a stress cracked spun bezel on a Black Forest clock. I used silicone to seal the cracks from the back. No, I didn't gob it on. And then the glass also helps keep it rigid. This particular clock I think has small tabs to retain the lens. I know I used a modern material, and I've seen some crappy silicone clock bezel jobs. But this one I was proud of. The bezel is not easily replaced.
 

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In this one the glass has fallen out though I have it. It seems to have been held in with a small amount of mastic. There are tabs to hold the glass but I agree a more permanent fixing of the glass would make the bezel more rigid.

I'll send the dial off for a repaint, something earlier may be found on it under the heavy finish, if not Ray and his date will have to go I think.

The surround is nice, the case will clean up, the hands are ok, it will look good on the wall.
 

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Since "Ray" is offset left, there was probably more to the signature that is now lost. Further, "R" could possibly be an interpretation of another letter, such as "A". The signature in it's current state may be only an erroneous result of interpreting whatever scant amount was legible to the dial strengthener.
 

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Since "Ray" is offset left, there was probably more to the signature that is now lost. Further, "R" could possibly be an interpretation of another letter, such as "A". The signature in it's current state may be only an erroneous result of interpreting whatever scant amount was legible to the dial strengthener.
Yes I agree, but if nothing can be found I think I'd rather go without. The Bezel is around 1860 on, the movement plates could be anywhere in a century, and the pillars Rose has as 1815. I have no idea where the 1843 on the dial is supposed to fit with that lot.

I think the bezel may be a later thing as the rest of the clock seems earlier.
 

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