Identify model and year of E N Welch Clock

gkilsdonk

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I recently acquired this E N Welch clock and have not been able to identify the model and year. Can you help me? The label is disintegrating but if the first line of the label is the model name it looks like it starts with an A. The glass has a nautical theme. The case is oak. It has an alarm. I'm assuming it is prior to 1902 because there is no mention of Sessions in the manufacturer's name. The movement is stamped with E N Welch, Forestville, Conn USA. The clock runs well. Upon opening the case I can smell oil. I'm not a clock repair person, but if I'm not careful I may be becoming a collector. I'm fascinated with the mechanics and engineering. Any help would be appreciated.
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Willie X

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The "smell of oil" can be from the distant past when clocks were rinsed regularly with kerosene. Or, more likely, a recent spray job with some type of aerosol
lubricant. This is not a good thing but is often done to make a movement jump up and run for a little while longer. Sort of like they juice up an old race horse to make 'just one more run'. :oops: Willie X
 
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I recently acquired this E N Welch clock and have not been able to identify the model and year. Can you help me? The label is disintegrating but if the first line of the label is the model name it looks like it starts with an A. The glass has a nautical theme. The case is oak. It has an alarm. I'm assuming it is prior to 1902 because there is no mention of Sessions in the manufacturer's name. The movement is stamped with E N Welch, Forestville, Conn USA. The clock runs well. Upon opening the case I can smell oil. I'm not a clock repair person, but if I'm not careful I may be becoming a collector. I'm fascinated with the mechanics and engineering. Any help would be appreciated.
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Looks Great!! got another hundred years in it.
 
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Hello gkilsdonk,

Your clock is the "Alboni", 1891, in something called the Contraltos Series. I think that means Alboni was a singer.

Found on page 363 of Tran Duy Ly's, Welch Clocks, 2nd edition.

Jim
 
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