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Bailey Banks & Biddle Bracket Clock - a little rough around the edges

gleber

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I founds this on Craigslist for about the cost of a good meal, and figured, Why not? The movement was described as missing the innards, but I could see pivots in the posted photo and as suspected it turns out it is only missing the pendulum rod/bob and gong, but otherwise seems complete and is functional. I think the biggest challenge will be to replace the missing pieces of molding to restore the case. It is also missing two top corner finials. I found this, which shows it also had feet and will serve as a guide for how it should look: Bailey, Banks and Biddle Brass and Mahogany Bracket Clock for Sale at Auction on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 07:00 - Doyle at Home | Doyle Auction House. Mine is smaller at about 16" (I wish it were 23").

I didn't see a signature on the back of the movement, but have not removed the dial yet so the front might have a story to tell. It is well built.

A question for anyone who does dial silvering... It looks like there is some pitting as well as scratches. I don't want to take the surface down too far because the "Bailey, Banks and Biddle" is very small and probably not engraved too deep. Any tips or recommendations?

Tom

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zedric

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You would want to check that Bailey Banks and Biddle is even engraved - on some clocks of this period you will find the name is printed
 

Alex K

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Nice clock with rise and fall adjusting.
I would leave dial face it as is. Not bad at all.
And if You polish brass door ring (if it brass) clock will look much better then.
 

gleber

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Nice clock with rise and fall adjusting.
I would leave dial face it as is. Not bad at all.
And if You polish brass door ring (if it brass) clock will look much better then.
Thanks for your comments Alex.

Yes, it is the first clock I own with that type of adjustment. It seems like a simple yet effective design compared the threaded ones with the cog gears. I have seem a similar one with a spiral ramp where the ramp is in a perpendicular plane to the piece's rotation.

I am still debating about the dial. I think I'll reserve my decision until I finish the case to see what seems most consistent with its final condition. It does have a lot of lost wax in the numbers. The ring is heavy machined brass. Unfortunately, the glass has a small chip and does not sit evenly in the ring.

Tom
 

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