Gilbert America 8 day time clock

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I have a Gilbert America Clock and I’m trying to find out more info on the clock itself. Mainly its value. I know Gilbert made a lot of clocks for the masses that were affordable and some that were more valuable. Mine is missing its sticker on the back and I can’t get into the back without cracking it further. Any info on it would be appreciated. Thank you
 

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even if i knew what a 'gilbert america clock' looked like, seeing the clock and condition would be essential to providing any kind of informed response. pls provide large clear photos from all sides so the folks here can help?
 

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even if i knew what a 'gilbert america clock' looked like, seeing the clock and condition would be essential to providing any kind of informed response. pls provide large clear photos from all sides so the folks here can help?
Sorry, I thought my photos went through. I would never send an inquiry without them :)

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that's better! :)

i don't find a gilbert 'america' model... and am puzzled by the lack of manufacturer name on the dial.

without the label, how do you know for sure it's a gilbert and not an ansonia (for example)? the way to tell would be to pull the hands (remove the tapered pin holding the minute hand in place), un-do the screws holding the dial in place, and then see what's under the hood.

at the end of the day, though, it (generic) is only worth what someone will pay for it... knowing the correct model would give you the chance to see what they've sold for in the past, but i wouldn't think you could get more than a couple of hundred bucks for it... curious to see what more informed folks might say.
 

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that's better! :)

i don't find a gilbert 'america' model... and am puzzled by the lack of manufacturer name on the dial.

without the label, how do you know for sure it's a gilbert and not an ansonia (for example)? the way to tell would be to pull the hands (remove the tapered pin holding the minute hand in place), un-do the screws holding the dial in place, and then see what's under the hood.
Tran Duy Ly's book on Gilbert clocks shows the America (which this clock is) from the 1881 catalogue. The lack of the maker's name on the dial is not all that unusual.
 

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Yes, i have the 1881 catalog that shows it. I think that you’re probably correct that it only worth maybe a couple of hundred dollars. Also, on the bottom of my clock, the bottom finial has been replaced. Would anyone know what the wood for the case might be? Is it Walnut?
And also my bigger question, could you buy any pendulum from the catalog (as in an upgrade) or was the pendulum made for that certain clock?

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I don't think the pendulum, pictured in post #4, will work in your clock. Looks like a kitchen clock pendulum. Willie X
 

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Thanks Willie X for the info. It was working with that pendulum but I don’t think it was the original (at least its not the one listed in the catalog)
 

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