Colonial Manufacturing Clock: Zeeland Michigan, Serial Number 12952

bailey1769

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Good Morning,

I'm looking for information on a new clock we purchased in Nashville, Tennessee. The clock is a tall case style in mahogany. The serial number is 12952 (on the back of the clock works). There is no number on the back of the clock and all that is left of the paper label is a few shards of paper that show a logo and a date of April 4th as the "start date." Still keeps perfect time!

Would appreciate any information anyone would have about the date of this clock.

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Ontime

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Most Colonial tall case clocks I've seen from the 1950-70s have a four digit model number, such as 1649. I do know that if it's mahogany, it's Honduras mahogany, which Colonial always pointed out in their advertising in this era - being the finest in the World. I think these Colonials had very nicely made cases. The label on your clock has a 1950s look to it, but this is a guess. It's a nice looking clock. Others will have a catalog and be able to pinpoint it's model number and more precise year.
 

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Are you sure there is not a number stamped on the back or
inside the cabinet?
A picture or two of the movement might help some on
a range of dates.
My first guess is that it is post WWII but it could be middle
30's.
The newer ones had a lable stuck onto the face door.
The serial number on the movement has little meaning other
than to the manufacture of that movement.
Also, try to post the pictures to the MB rather than pointers.
They'd need to be reduced in size some before posting them.
Tinker Dwight
 

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Hello Bailey,

I have done a lot of research on Colonial Manufacturing Company.

Colonial generally stamped the clock model number of the outside back of the case just below when the movement would hang. Floor clocks have 4 digit numbers. I have Colonial catalogs and price sheets from various time periods and could help identify it.

Colonial case styles evolved and changed over the years. However late 1930's up to about 1960 they made fewer changes, during 1960's company began changing styles to keep up with the competition and rapidly growing market for the clocks.

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Ontime

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Andy, Do you have any details on Colonial model 26 pillar & scroll with a Boston State House tablet.....such as years produced original price, any other history ?

The back of my case is marked 26 and 457. I assume 457 is a production serial number.

Drew
 

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Hello Drew,

The only Colonial catalog I have with a Pillar & Scroll is 1972 and it is listed as model 126.

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Terry C.

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Hi Bailey,

Yours looks to be an early model Colonial. Models in the low 1200's are very similar, so I suspect your clock is of similar vintage. These images are from Colonial's 1914-1915 catalog.
Colonial 1205.jpg colonial 1204.jpg
Note too, the logo on the inspection card matches the logo on Colonial's clock catalog pictures of that that time.
Colonial inspection card.jpg

I hope this helps!

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Terry C.

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Re: Colonial Manufacturing Clock: Zeeland Michigan, Model 26

Hello Ontime,

Model 26 appears in colonial's 1956 catalog.
Colonial model 26.jpg

The number 457 is likely the cutting order number for that run of model 26 clocks.

Terry C.
 

Ontime

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Re: Colonial Manufacturing Clock: Zeeland Michigan, Model 26

Thanks Terry....a little earlier then I thought. Mine does indeed have a gorgeous flame mahogany case as promoted in the catalog. I'm becoming more and more of a Colonial fan, their cases are so nicely made.
Hello Ontime,

Model 26 appears in colonial's 1956 catalog.
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The number 457 is likely the cutting order number for that run of model 26 clocks.

Terry C.
 

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Hello Bailey,

I have done a lot of research on Colonial Manufacturing Company.

Colonial generally stamped the clock model number of the outside back of the case just below when the movement would hang. Floor clocks have 4 digit numbers. I have Colonial catalogs and price sheets from various time periods and could help identify it.

Colonial case styles evolved and changed over the years. However late 1930's up to about 1960 they made fewer changes, during 1960's company began changing styles to keep up with the competition and rapidly growing market for the clocks.

Andy Dervan
Hello Andy,
I read in your post how you have various Colonial catalogs and wondered if you might know the approximate year this Colonial clock was made? It is a petite floor clock (a little over 6’ tall with decorative piece and 11” wide at face - grandmother?) and has a wood pendulum. The number stamped on the back is 1326 (could be 1826, but I’m pretty sure it’s a 3). There is a plaque in the door that reads, “Solid Mahogany Colonial Mfg Co Zeeland, Mich. I’m hoping my pictures upload.
Thank you for any help you can give.
Debbie

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Andy, Would you happen to have the catalog pages for a 1320 and 1214 from 1920? Both have 1920 Herschede movements.
 

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Hello Bailey,

I have done a lot of research on Colonial Manufacturing Company.

Colonial generally stamped the clock model number of the outside back of the case just below when the movement would hang. Floor clocks have 4 digit numbers. I have Colonial catalogs and price sheets from various time periods and could help identify it.

Colonial case styles evolved and changed over the years. However late 1930's up to about 1960 they made fewer changes, during 1960's company began changing styles to keep up with the competition and rapidly growing market for the clocks.

Andy Dervan

Hello! I was hoping maybe you could help me place my clock's date. I have a clock labeled "1163" which I assume to be the serial number on the back of the outside panel just as you said. It is approximately 86 inches Long x 18Wide x 11Deep. I was curious as to the date and maybe how much it might be worth? I think it is mahogany but I'm not 100% sure other than it's a dark wood. Hopefully the pictures post. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!!

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Guy Stockwell

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Can you take a good picture of the back of the actual brass movement with any stampings usually in lower middle?
 

Alice4186

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Can you take a good picture of the back of the actual brass movement with any stampings usually in lower middle?
I looked on the back there were no markings, forgive my ignorance if I am looking in the wrong place but here is a picture if this is what you mean?

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JTD

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looked on the back there were no markings, forgive my ignorance if I am looking in the wrong place but here is a picture if this is what you mean?
Alice, you have posted photos of the back of the pendulum. What is needed is the back of the movement (that is, the 'works') from which the pendulum hangs.

If you don't want to take the movement out of the case you may be able to see any markings on the back if you use a mirror.

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Hello,

Your clock probably dates 1912-1914 as it was not listed in 1914/1945 catalog (already discontinued).

Case is likely Mahogany.

We can not discuss values on the message board.

Andy Dervan