Elisha Manross OG clock

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Ok, while I wait for my tall case clock to arrive (comes tomorrow!), maybe this is more interesting than my Ansonia schoolhouse clock? Found it at a antiques co-op this afternoon for cheap money. It's a bit beat up, poor finish, a lot of the reverse painting is gone, and the pendulum rod was jammed into the bottom of the case and is now bent up. But the clock seemed interesting, and after fiddling for a half hour or so I got it to run. The most interesting part to me was the inscriptions on the door frame from what I presume were from people who serviced the clock. Looks to me like 1807 and then either 1847 or 1947. But 1807 seems too early. He'd have been 15 years old in 1807. Maybe it's 1887?

My other questions:

There are two different sized weights. Why the different sizes? Which side wants the lighter weight?

There clearly was something screwed down above the weight pulleys on the top of the case. Any idea what that would have been?

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I think they were formed sheet metal of your choice, for dust covers?

It would be interesting to know the journey it took to arrive in the Houston area from Bristol.

Ralph
 

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Ok, while I wait for my tall case clock to arrive (comes tomorrow!), maybe this is more interesting than my Ansonia schoolhouse clock? Found it at a antiques co-op this afternoon for cheap money. It's a bit beat up, poor finish, a lot of the reverse painting is gone, and the pendulum rod was jammed into the bottom of the case and is now bent up. But the clock seemed interesting, and after fiddling for a half hour or so I got it to run. The most interesting part to me was the inscriptions on the door frame from what I presume were from people who serviced the clock. Looks to me like 1807 and then either 1847 or 1947. But 1807 seems too early. He'd have been 15 years old in 1807. Maybe it's 1887?

My other questions:

There are two different sized weights. Why the different sizes? Which side wants the lighter weight?

There clearly was something screwed down above the weight pulleys on the top of the case. Any idea what that would have been?

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The heavier weight goes on strike chain. Lighter on time chain.
 
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Jim DuBois

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These clocks use cords for the weights, not chain. Not trying to split hairs, just trying to keep the nomenclature straight.
 

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These clocks use cords for the weights, not chain. Not trying to split hairs, just trying to keep the nomenclature straight.
Sorry i meant time and strike train not chain. Wasn't referring to what they hang on
 

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These clocks use cords for the weights, not chain. Not trying to split hairs, just trying to keep the nomenclature straight.
I have a heck of time trying to keep all the nomenclature right myself, especially moving between clocks and watches which seem to often have different names for the same things. So I appreciate the splitting of hairs!

BTW, I like your last name :)
 
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The heavier weight goes on strike chain. Lighter on time chain.
Actually, the heavier (larger) weight goes on the time (right) side. That way, if you forget to wind the clock, the time train weight will bottom out first, stopping the clock before the strike train can get out of synch. If you read the label very carefully, it states which side the weights go on.
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Darned if you aren't right about the label! I thought I'd looked and it wasn't there, but I just went back and read it and there it is: "The light weight on the strike side of the Clock"
 

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