A Number of Loose Movements & Dials

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  1. Jim DuBois

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    I came across all these in one house, recently. Some pretty rare examples. Sadly, none of them are for sale.

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    All the same, still nice to look at! Some day maybe I will own one similar. Thanks Jim
     
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    The Joseph Wills example was a popular design for a 30 hour PA brass dial...the sun radiating from the center (or is it a compass?). Some will say it's rare, but I've seen a few for sale at auctions over the years. So, if you ever see that dial center, it's probably a PA 30 hour. Jos. Wills was from Devon, England, then to Philadelphia. But I've also seen that dial on Chester County, and I think Bucks County clocks, too.
     
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    I guess these are proof positive that a lot more really nice "inserts" exist than do good period cases. I guess I have always understood that but seldom have considered the implications. But, in my shop, I have perhaps 25 or more loose movements and more than 100 dials. Most of them are well deserving of a proper case. (and none of them are of the caliber shown above, most of them are later and considerably more modest than these)
     
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    I really like those dials. I have had two Jacob Godshalk clocks with that style engraved center portion. I recently acquired a reputedly Joseph Wills posted 30 hr. movement, no dial. Its previous owner pulled the dial and hands, fit them up with a battery movement, and sold it for "good money" at a group shop to an unknown cash buyer. Makes me a bit ill. And it was the sunbust dial, he still had a tiny photo of his "wonderful creation."

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    as least they secured the hour wheel. Usually these are lost as they are held in place by the dial.

    I bought a clock that had been converted with its original movement, all it had lost was the hand as they had kept the hour wheel safe as well. The additional holes in the dial were behind the chapter ring so no damage was done.
     

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