English Correct hands on a Welch Spontini?

Essex ranger

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Hi everyone
I just bought a Spontini from a charity shop ( thrift shop in the US?) at a very reasonable price. It all looks very original, even down to what is probably the original key . I have never seen hands like this on any American clock - are they the correct ones?

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they are what's pictured in tran... welch clocks, 2nd edition, pg 473, arlingtonbooks

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Thank you guys - that’s a relief. Hands are so easy to damage when you have to set the time ‘from the front’ and I dread having to find the correct ones if they have been changed. Reference books on American clocks are thin on the ground over here and to get them sent from the US costs as much in postage as buying a clock! My last clock needed a book on Nicholas Müller to identify the metal front casting, so this forum is so useful to me. Thanks again.
 
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Spontini.

Sounds like a type of pasta.

Welch, Spring and Co. named a number of clocks after opera singers. The most famous being the "Patti" and the Patti series clocks.

I surmise that this was named after Gaspare Spontini. He was not a singer but composer of operas.

So, another opera related clock made by one of the Welch related firms.

A nice little clock but not nearly the quality of the Patti clocks.

For more info, here's a link to a Bulletin Supplement:

Bulletin Supplements | National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Inc.

Go to Supplement #12. For some reason, couldn't link directly to it.

RM.
 

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