Another right time, right place find...

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  1. Billy

    Billy Registered User

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    As my circle of friends will always give the blank look when I tell them of my latest find, I have to tell someone who can appreciate what I found at a local antique mall.
    The mall had a 20% off Fathers Day sale on sunday, so the wife and I went for a ride.
    The last aisle, in one of the booths, there sat a 400 day clock. Now, I normally pass these by, as I have several and really don't need any more.
    But, this one caught my eye as it had a disk pendulum with it.
    I checked it over, wire was broke, bottom block taped to the base, I'm guessing original dome.
    Everything was there. A complete unmolested 400 day clock.
    I bought it.
    By the book, it looks to be a D.R.P., plate 1047, by Jahresuhrenfabrik c. 1908. Serial number 57795.

    The best part? With 20% off and the sales tax, the final price was...
    $14.40. :D

    I will try to post pictures later today.
    Billy
     
  2. Ken M

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    That's the clock I've been looking for! Congratulations!!
     
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    Wow, guess I better start looking! That's a great find! I've been spending too much time on eBay.
     
  4. Kevin W.

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    Nice find, sure wish i found one at that price.:):):):)
     
  5. Billy

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    Finally got some pics for you.

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    That's incredible! :eek:
     
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    Billy, great clock! I've now documented almost a dozen of these made between 1907 and 1909, yours was made about 2nd quarter 1908 based on the serial number. You have the original pendulum since it is identified with the same number as on the movement. Evidently these were made for the Urania Clock Co., who was a wholesaler and one of several companies with the same name. Kienzle also used the "Urania" name as one of their clock models, and it is found on a number of different makers' clocks. In fact, the dial and bezel on your clock is identical to several documented with both JUF and Hauck clocks, all made for Urania.

    Will look forward to seeing it all dressed up, will appreciate the "after" photos for comparison.
     
  9. Billy

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    Thanks for the detailed info John. I will post photos of it cleaned up and running down the road. I generally collect project clocks during the summer for something to do during the winter months. But I may start a little early on this one.:)
    A side note...I had noticed the wire hanging down looked to be long enough to support the pendulum. So, opening up the bottom block, I found no broke off piece of wire. I just think the block had slipped off the wire at some point.

    I doubt the wire is original, but it has an that older bronzed look to it. Anyways, hooked it up, and the clock had action to it, but was sluggish. Most likely from being idle, who knows how long.

    So I'm confident with a good cleaning it should take right off.

    Billy
     
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    That's a great looking clock and a great price, too! I'm hoping to find one for my collection at the Houston regional in August.

    Rt
     
  11. Billy

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    Finally got around to sprucing up the old clock. Started out polishing the base and then made sure the movement would run. Had some action, but I put a new spring in to be sure. Thought I had the right size suspension, but didn't, so thats on order. Its running ok with the one that came with it. Looks to be about a .004 ought to do the trick. Once I was sure clock would run, tore the movement down again and polished it up.
    The only problem I had was the first spring I was gonna use collapsed. Brand new, but no temper to it. The second one was good. I have no idea where I got them as I bought them some time ago when I was on a 400 day jag.:mad: misc 019 (Small).jpg misc 030 (Small).jpg
     
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