Any info -Beautiful (19cent) Wooden Movement from Grandfather Clock in Box since the 40s or 50s.

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    #1 HarveyCat, Apr 4, 2019
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    Any info -Beautiful (19cent) Wooden Movement from Grandfather Clock in Box since the 40s or 50s. I found it today in Columbus NJ. (Cost was only $40) It is missing its pendulum, weights, bell and obviously the Grandfather Clock case - but it could make a wonderful "Wag on the Wall" Gears and all seem in very nice shape. Looks German or Dutch - likely imported - but this is not very far from the Pennsylvania Dutch country... Any help advice, ideas, identification or a guess of it's value would be great.
    Cheers,
    Harvey

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  2. Peter A. Nunes

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    This an American tall case clock movement, likely circa 1805-20. What is the distance between the plates?
     
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    #3 HarveyCat, Apr 5, 2019
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    Wow - thanks Peter. It's nice that it is so early and American. I assume you have seen enough to know. Here are some measurements & other photos. Where should I look for a maker's mark? None of the gears are missing any teeth. With weights & a pendulum (the right length) it might run. It could make a nice Wag on the Wall - as is.

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    Likely a movement by Gideon Roberts or one of his family members.
     
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    I see this on the web..

    The History of clock making in Bristol CT

    Gideon Roberts was known as the first clock maker. He was born in 1749 and died in 1813. Gideon himself made the first tall clocks and began the process of mass production. He also had an apprentice named Eli Terry, who would later add techniques that would make him the true leader of mass production.

    I also see a thread here

    Gideon Roberts wood works wag-on-wall

    Any idea where I could find correct pendulum, weights or bell? Would this be nice as a Wag on the Wall - or should it go to someone with a period case? Any idea of value?

    Here is one of his Wag on the Walls from that above thread (married piece)

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    That's one of my examples. I had several nice cherry brackets made up several years ago to display wooden movements. The parts you seek are often available in eBay and at Marts. Please note that this is an educational forum only, with no discussion of values permitted.
     
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    #7 HarveyCat, Apr 5, 2019
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    Thanks very much Peter. I like the brackets you made - we have a house from the early 1700s - this might look nice as a Wag on the Wall.

    Any pictures of correct weights, bell or a pendulum - also any rough guess as to pendulum length?

    And not to ask for too much - but if you have any more photos of how you would add brackets etc to make this work as a "Wag on the Wall".

    I like the cherry finish on your brackets.

    In the same box - it came with this piece of wood - same size as the whole clock face - any idea what that was for? See below..

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