Clockmakers A&E or L Adams Late 1700's to early 1800's?

expeditionhiker

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I have an old 5' tall wall regulator possibly made around 1815 with the initials A&E and also L Adams engraved in a gear. I know this clock lived in Belfast Maine from at least 1837 to 1947. It also has many other names engraved on the same gear that we have already found information on - T. Chase, F.T. Chase, H. Chase, Chase and Doak, W. and Stover, H.C. Stover...
The oldest dates on the clock are 1815, 1816, 1817 and 1819. I have been unable to figure out who A&E are, and also who L Adams might be, they are both engraved together next to the date 1815.
I'm wondering if Abiel Blanchard Eastman had something to do with this clock, he was also in Belfast and the dates match, maybe the E in A&E, but then who might the A be? Also, after Adams there is a name that looks like Lon, but difficult to read. ALL of these names and dates and more are engraved on a single gear. Also wondering how often engravings were made on a single gear of old clocks.

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brian fisher

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holy crap!! someone really went crazy with that gear. i have never seen anything like it. do you have photos you can post of the complete assembled clock? i would really like to see what it looks like.
 

expeditionhiker

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hi, I'll post the clock pic, but what it looks like now may not be exactly what it looked like in 1815. I know (according to engravings on the same gear) that Hiram Chase Altered the clock in 1868, but not sure what he altered. you can't tell from the pics, but it is 5' tall. The engravings show that this clock was serviced by the same jewelry/silver/clock shop with different owners for over 100 years. During that time period, different families owned and serviced this clock. Maybe this clock was part of the shop and not a customers.

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P.Hageman

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I have no knowledge on this type of clocks, but what an interesting story this clock tells! Just as Brian wrote, I have never seen so many (repair) marks on a single wheel :) How very interesting! Thanks for showing.
 

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