Interesting treatment of a dial to indicate the day of the week

Jim DuBois

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I find this an interesting approach to indicating the day of the week. In case you missed it, the day hand is located in the usual position for a seconds bit. And to further complicate things they just used a Roman numeral in lieu of placing the name of the day there. Or even an abbreviation. Let's see, IIII is what day of the week? Or should it be IV? Yes, it is 8-day wood works, rack and snail striking. A very unusual combination of features.

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Very interesting. Is the day of the week what it actually reflects, or just someone's idea of fun on a second bit? If day of the week, is it to remind the owner when to wind to clock? I know I sometimes have to think about what day of the week it is, but....
 
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I find this an interesting approach to indicating the day of the week. In case you missed it, the day hand is located in the usual position for a seconds bit. And to further complicate things they just used a Roman numeral in lieu of placing the name of the day there. Or even an abbreviation. Let's see, IIII is what day of the week? Or should it be IV? Yes, it is 8-day wood works, rack and snail striking. A very unusual combination of features.

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Interesting. Avoids any difference in language by prospective users?

Wouldn't work for me. Gee, is this day II or III? Too much mental effort to handle.

Great dials. Some differences but must come from the same hand. Really wonderful simple but decorative country dials. Lovely.

To be a nitpick. Paint just doesn't look consistent to me through the case. Was the hood door repaired/replaced?

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To be a nitpick. Paint just doesn't look consistent to me through the case. Was the hood door repaired/replaced?

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Well, rats, caught again. The hood is of very recent manufacture (this month), and the base is a bit improved too, also last week. The case final finish is still under consideration, but it will not be a French polish, which I can promise! I had a discussion yesterday with a couple of local clock aficionados. We concluded that I couldn't do a fine hi-grade finish after too many years of doing only aged surfaces. I forgot how, if I ever knew? So here we can see the original partial case, obtained from a big-time paint restoration specialist, Peter Dean of Penn. A lot of crusty old gray paint over what was originally a very red and possibly grain-painted case. I have work to do. I would like to have had a better starting point for the very rare movement and dial. The case fragment dates to 50 or 75 or maybe even more years prior to the movement, but beggars and all that....

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Well, rats, caught again. The hood is of very recent manufacture (this month), and the base is a bit improved too, also last week. The case final finish is still under consideration, but it will not be a French polish, which I can promise! I had a discussion yesterday with a couple of local clock aficionados. We concluded that I couldn't do a fine hi-grade finish after too many years of doing only aged surfaces. I forgot how, if I ever knew? So here we can see the original partial case, obtained from a big-time paint restoration specialist, Peter Dean of Penn. A lot of crusty old gray paint over what was originally a very red and possibly grain-painted case. I have work to do. I would like to have had a better starting point for the very rare movement and dial. The case fragment dates to 50 or 75 or maybe even more years prior to the movement, but beggars and all that....

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Has potential.

I would vote for graining.

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How interesting, Mark. Thank you for sharing the information. I just did a little reading on that and found that the names of months were also affected. That might help explain the clock's dial if the maker or intended recipient were Quakers.
 

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