Austin Steele Tall Clock

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  1. John Teeter

    John Teeter Registered User
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    Jan 31, 2001
    I have a wood movement tall clock with the dial signed "Austin Steele". The movement is a standard 30 hour Leavenworth. I have found that Austin Steele purchased movements from Mark Leavenworth at various times.
    Has anyone seen another Austin Steel dial or label?

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  2. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

    rmarkowitz1_cee4a1 Registered User
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    I have not seen another.

    Couldn't you just imagine that would be the name of some detective from a 1930's radio drama.."Austin Steele, Private Eye" or something like that?

    Just have to comment. What a FABULOUS folk art dial (looks like the first pic is post-cleaning and some judicious inpainting/restoration).

    Howzabowt pics of the whole clock?

  3. John Teeter

    John Teeter Registered User
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    Jan 31, 2001
    I had Kathi Edwards clean it up for me. It did not have a case so I am using one that I had.
    What is nice is that Mark Leavenworth was in Waterbury and the dial is also a Waterbury style, but maybe unique. I did find that an Austin Steele owned a woolen mill in Waterbury. I imagine that he was trying to get into the clock business which was growing at the time.
  4. Peter A. Nunes

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    #4 Peter A. Nunes, Apr 4, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011

    John, I think your Austin Steele dial is mounted to a William Leavenworth movement, not Mark. Mark used two upper dial mounting studs, William only one. In both cases, they were threaded into the upper stiffener, then pinned inside the front plate. Good, well lit photos of the movement would be helpful to illustrate this obscure point.

    This is the only example I have ever seen.

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