Case construction detail on groaner

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  1. Jerome collector

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    I'm hoping someone can take a look at a Boardman-labeled groaner clock and compare a case construction detail with my George Mitchell-labeled groaner. The detail in question is an inset that has been routed out of the lower portion of the door frame. I believe the purpose of this inset is to receive a thin wood board to protect (?) the mirror. A fragment of the board is still present on my clock, and I can see nail holes where the board was attached. I'm curious whether this is a standard feature of Boardman construction on bronzed looking-glass clocks.

    Thanks.

    Mike
     
  2. James Gardner

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    Mike,

    I have a number of groaners and I checked their doors to see if they had the similar construction.

    The following had the same insert routed out:
    George Mitchell (CT)- complete with wood backing in insert.
    Orrin Hart for William Hill (CT)- complete with wood backing in insert.
    Lawyer Byington (NY) - insert but no wood backing
    B & A Richards for William Hill (CT)- insert but no wood backing.

    Those without the routed insert:
    Austin Chittenden (MA)
    Orrin Hart (interesting some have it and some don't)(CT)
    B & H Twiss (CT)

    It appears it is a feature found in some of the groaners , but not all. I think this sample would be typical if it was bigger. I know this sample is not from Boardman clocks but might help with your question.
     
  3. George Nelson

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    Mike,

    The single groaner in my collection happens to be a George Mitchell, and it does exhibit the same groove you are asking about. Hope this helps!

    Best always,

    George Nelson
     
  4. Jerome collector

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    James/George,

    Thanks for weighing in. Interestingly enough, there aren't any Boardman-labeled clocks in the group, even though some were probably made by him. Still curious to see what's out there in Boardman-labeled groaners.

    Mike
     
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