HAC Long Clock, thoughts on when made?

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  1. thisis.sjacobs

    thisis.sjacobs Registered User

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    Hi all,
    Any ideas on the make date of this HAC (Hamburg American) clock?
    The case-model number is 5710 and it chimes every 15minutes. It also has the number 71 inprinted on the top back of the case, not sure what that refers to?
    Many thanks,
    Sarah

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  2. leeinv66

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    I'd suggest a manufacturing date of around 1930 - 1940. I am not aware of a serial number data base for these.
     
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    Thank you LeeInv
     
  4. new2clocks

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    Hello, Sarah, and welcome to the board.

    HAC were taken over by Junghans in 1930. It appears that Junghans commenced date coding the HAC movements within a couple years after their purchase of HAC. Prior to that purchase, it appears that HAC only date coded a small number of specific types of clocks, such as alarm clocks. A picture of the back of the movement may supply clues.

    The style of your clock, IMO, would date it to the period prior to the takeover - the 1920's. Again, a picture of the movement may be very helpful.

    Also, the model number could be of some assistance, but this would be dependent upon someone having HAC literature from back in the day. In addition, a catalog excerpt would only verify that the model number was available in that year. Most likely, the model was offered xxx many years before and after the year of the catalog.

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    thisis.sjacobs Registered User

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    Thanks for this info New2Clocks! It's both interesting and useful. I will try aim to take a photo of the back of the movement to see if that gives us any more hints. Cheers
     
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    Hi, please see Attached pictures of the clock movement (back and sides), should this provide any more clues as to date it was made.
    Many thanks :)
     
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    thisis.sjacobs Registered User

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    Sorry, here are the pics...

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  8. chimeclockfan

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    This clock would have been made between 1924-1932. It has a three train 4/4 Westminster chime movement.
    HAC did not have any full 4/4 quarter chime movements prior to 1924 or thereabouts, just the 3/4 two train quarter chime movements which came along in 1914. Victor Tang ("any400day") has a CD catalog which should give more details but he is presently unavailable so you'll have to track down someone who bought a copy.

    Parts for the case were sometimes stamped with numbers or letters, serving as guides during assembly. Think of it like a puzzle.
    Greatest aspect of these HAC & Junghans longcase clocks were the rod gongs utilized, giving a deep sonorous sound reminiscent of church bells ringing.
     
  9. thisis.sjacobs

    thisis.sjacobs Registered User

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    Thanks for this info ChimeClockFan! Very insightful, and yes the deep resonant chimes on this clock is lovely.
     

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