Birge and Peck clock

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  1. Charles Haynes

    Charles Haynes New Member

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    Found this Birge and Peck clock this weekend at an auction. Was curious if I should do something to protect the reverse painted glass. Clear coat maybe. It is in very nice shape now. I am not an expert on clocks I think from what I found on the internet that this would date from 1849-1859. I believe the hands have been replaced as well as the pendulum. One of the weights is not hooked up I will try later this week to hook it up Thanks for any information on my clock

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  2. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

    rmarkowitz1_cee4a1 Registered User
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    RE: "clear coating" the tablets to preserve them, I reply NO!!!
    Leave them alone. They've lasted this long without your "help".

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  3. Raymond Rice

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    Very nice clock! The tablets need no "improvement". Enjoy them for what they are --which is quite nice! Would be interesting to see the works--I find Birge works to be interesting.
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  4. PatH

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    Welcome to the message board, and congratulations on this beautiful find! As long as you remove the pendulum and weights before moving the clock, the tablets should be fine. They are beautiful, and will likely stay that way for many more years.
     
  5. Charles Haynes

    Charles Haynes New Member

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    Ok. No clear coat. I thought because there is some slight flaking I should do something now to protect the paint. I’ll try and shoot a picture of the movement tomorrow. This is my first weighted clock. I’ve seen many with the paint all flaked off
     
  6. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    By the way, I want to add that you got yourself a really nice clock!!

    Great free hand geometric glasses. I have not seen the use of a stenciled border with that type of glass before. Do they look original?

    You will find a strap brass movement.

    RM
     
  7. Charles Haynes

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    I believe the glass paintings are original

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  8. Probox

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    Very nice, and the movement nice and clean, must have been recently serviced.
     
  9. Charles Haynes

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    I have put the weights on and it is running. I have a question on removing the weights when I want to move the clock
    Is there any easy way to lower the weights so I may remove them. Or do I have to wait until th clock runs down?
    Thank you
     
  10. Probox

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    Yes, there are a couple of methods. You understand that a clock should never be moved with the pendulum in place. With the weights, you can hold the back of the clock and tilt the clock on it's back so the weights lean on the back panel. (that's why you hold it like a baby in your arms so the panel doesn't break open) That's for a short quick move. Alternately you may open the back and remove the weights or lower them by using the click spring and holding the weight.
     
  11. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Just realized something.

    The center glass of this beautiful clock is really interesting.

    The central field is a pattern attributed to Fenn. The use of a stenciled border in patterns reminiscent of those used by Fenn in combination with that central field is a treatment I have not seen before. I do not have access to Chris Bailey's 2 Fenn monographs to see if the borders are in one of those publications.

    But what is really interesting is the addition of the free hand embellishment of the type used in the geometric glasses. To me, this kind of solidifies the assertion that Fenn produced both stenciled glasses and free hand geometric glasses! I now freely acknowledge that.

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