Any other examples of Orrin Cook clocks ?

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  1. dlb1052

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    Some time ago, I acquired this clock for a reason, in addition to my usual one of yes, there is still wall space available somewhere. The clock is labeled to Orrin Cook in Meriden, Connecticut. My husband was born and raised in Meriden so, this made the clock a must have. It is a typical half column and splat, nicely stenciled, with a lower looking glass. It has original top glass and I believe an early replacement mirror. It has a decent label with a heading displaying Cook's Improved Clocks in the arched border. The lower portion indicates J. Longling printer, Gazette Office, Middletown, a city on the Connecticut river 10 miles east of Meriden.

    The movement I believe is an 8.132 attributed to Ephraim Downs and compares to that detailed in the October 1970 bulletin #148 on wood movement shelf clock alarms by Ward Francilion and appears to be a type II.Ward attributes this movement to Mitchell, Atkins & Co. of Bristol, Conn. 1830-1836. There was a note inside the clock stating Atkins an Downs Bristol 1831-1832. I may need correction and clarification on whose it is.

    We are fortunate all the alarm components remain in place including the set disc, hour hand with rear pointer and an unusual 1 pound 3 ounce alarm weight.

    I have found very little information on Orrin Cook aside from the Spittler & Bailey listing of "Meriden, circa 1830 wood works shelf clocks, moving to Bristol, Conn. and living to age 81 in 1888".

    I know of only one other Orrin Cook clock without the alarm that is on display at the Meriden Historical Society.

    The city of Meriden has a rich history of manufacturing including Britannica (International) silver, Handel lamps, Charles Parker guns and Bradley and Hubbard cast iron and brass work to name a few.

    Meriden has several street names which probably are with the most prominent manufacturers of early clock making including Twiss Street, Coe Avenue, Bradley Avenue and Cook Avenue.

    Thanks for reading this LONG post, hope you enjoy. All comments appreciated. Diane

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  2. Raymond Rice

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    Great clock--lucky that all the alarm components have survived.
    Ray Rice
     
  3. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Very nice clock. Somewhat unusual type of alarm mechanism.

    I'm taking the liberty of providing a link to the article you cite:

    https://docs.nawcc.org/Bulletins/1970/articles/1970/148/148_575a.pdf

    Here's a relevant teaser pic from that article:

    alarm.PNG

    Thanks for posting.

    RM.
     
  4. Sooth

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    It's not often that I will say this, but: this is a new one for me. I have a few "Orrin" clock images in my files, but only Orrin Hart, not Orrin Cook. You have a wonderful and clearly rare clock.
     
  5. dlb1052

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    Thank you Ray. Yes I agree most times the alarm parts are long gone. Diane
     
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    Dear Sooth,
    Thank you for your kind comments. So happy you have something new to put in your file. I did however, make a typographical error as the printer is Longking not Longling. So sorry. Diane
     

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