Hotel Yearly Calendar Wake-Up-Call Wooden Movement Clock?

Discussion in 'Your Newest Clock Acquisition' started by Duane Deppen, Jul 19, 2019.

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  1. Duane Deppen

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    A local used furniture store owner recently dropped this clock off at my house. He said it was from an old hotel in the center of town. He was cleaning out the attic and thought I might like it.
    Well, he was right, I do like it, but I have no idea what it is exactly. It looks like a clock that may have been in the lobby of the hotel. The gut string on one side still had tension on it wrapped around the fusee-like wheel. There are gears and springs everywhere. I am curious about it's function, as well as it's maker, and any other information I can find.
    Can anyone help me with this clock? I have many more pictures if needed. Thank you, Duane.

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  2. zedric

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    Not sure about a wake up function- looks to me like it does sunrise and sunset times, which would help establish the distance from the equator
     
  3. Duane Deppen

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    I agree it's not a wake-up call. That was my first impression when I quickly saw it. Somehow my mind went blank while writing the title of this thread. I tried to change it right away but was unable.
    Interesting thought about the equator. The hotel was one block from the Delaware River which was a big shipping channel back then. We still get huge container and cargo ships passing 4 or 5 times a week.
     
  4. Chris Radano

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    Interesting clock. If I may ask, where (what town?) was the clock found?
     
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    Do you have a photo of the entire month dial? Does it show scenes from the seasons? Definitely a very interesting clock. It will be quite a project to restore it. Do you have any plans to restore it once you get more info?

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  6. Uhralt

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    I agree, a very interesting piece, unusual in many ways. The movement has wooden plates but metal gears. I've seen similar only in Black Forest clocks but there the plates are panels, not massive ones. The massive plates look American. Then there is the two times 12 hours dial, probably showing AM and PM time. And the sunrise/sunset feature....

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  7. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    A fabulous find!

    I do think its a rather creative home handyman one of a kind using pieces from an American ww, fusee, etc. clocks.

    As those who follow my postings know, I really like the one off things like this and yours is probably one of the best I've seen!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. NigelW

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    Extremely interesting. It appears to have two cams driven by the year wheel, one of which looks as if it might be kidney-shaped. The kidney shaped one is most likely for an equation of time indicator and the other is for the sunrise and sunset. The equation of time cam appears to engage on the piece with a roller at one end and a rack at the other, which in turn engages on a wheel to which an arm is attached. This will move the indicator in the curved slot in the dial above the aperture for the calendar ring. It shows the extent to which solar time is ahead or behind mean time at any day of the year (never more than 16 minutes either way). The sunrise and sunset cam is likely to be shaped more like an eccentric plum. This pushes up the rod which forks into two higher up to engage with the dial levers on the left and right.

    Equation of time clocks are rare so this is quite a find. The formula for the equation cam is the same regardless of latitude but the sunrise and sunset cam is not. If the clock was made specifically for the hotel one would expect the cam to be right for its latitude, but if it isn't that would suggest it might have been made originally to be used somewhere else.
     
  9. NigelW

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    As footnote to the above post, the sunrise and sunset indicators will be based on solar time, not mean time, so the equation of time indicator would have been needed to translate from one to the other. It would be possible to built a clock which shows sunrise and sunset times on a mean time basis but it would require separate cams for each (or some other ingenious device for tilting that part of the mechanism), and these cams would need to incorporate the equation adjustment.
     
  10. Duane Deppen

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    It was a hotel in Burlington, NJ 08016.
     
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    Put a blue ribbon on this clock right away ! The "Best of Show" competition is now closed !
     
  12. Duane Deppen

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  13. Uhralt

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    It seems to show how nature looks in these months. Snow in January and February, Fall colors of the trees in October, A green tree in July..

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    That's what I was thinking too. Very cool.

    Tom
     
  15. Chris Radano

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    When I hear of equation of time clocks, I think of the finest French standing regulators from the later 18th c., by the most prestigious makers.
    I can't place an exact date on your clock, but probably some would agree early 2nd quarter of the 19th c. With later touch up to the dial, and 20th century touch ups (decals) to the subsidiary dials.
    What are the dimensions? I.e. diameter of the dial, and height? Looks like it was a built-in piece perhaps?
    If you have the hand(s), they may be a clue in dating.
    That's a great piece, I would love to see it restored and working.
     
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    Oops, never mind...I see it's a 15 in. dial.
     
  17. Burkhard Rasch

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    verry interesting clock which deserves an exellent restauration,especially the painted dials.If I were You I´d seek the help of a ww-specialist.Please post pics of the process!Congratulation for an extraordinaly clock!
    Burkhard
     

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