James Arthur Tall Case Clock

Noel Poirier

NAWCC Member
Jul 30, 2007
Tall Case Clock, 1904, James Arthur. The following description is from D.W. Hering's The Lure of the Clock "an eight day hall clock built by Mr. Arthur in 1904. It is a five minute repeater with three barrels and three weights; seconds, dead beat, only repeating-does not strike automatically. Movement in head visible; dial in cornice; solid oak, natural finish; two doors, glazed sides, six panes; faceplate wheels, only, behind dial. His further description reads: It has seconds pendulum with wood rod, 27 lb. bob. Upon pulling the cord seen at the left, which may be connected to as many parts of the house as you wish, it strikes the last hour on a large bell, followed by a blow on a small bell for each five minutes past. This gives the time within five minutes, and I consider it the best method of repeating. Movement is twelve inches square, has three trains and three weights. Center weight is time and wound weekly. Left is the hour and right the five minute and are only operative in repeating, so they do not need winding so often. Back plate of movement is solid but front in three pieces, one for each train, for convenience in putting together and adjusting. Dial 10 inches diameter, the Gothic hour numerals being cut through, so that they show dead black when seen from all angles. This is caused by the darkness inside the head and is an interesting optical effect, supposed to be original in this clock. The end of a lever covers the winding square and in pushing it down to put on the key a maintaining power is brought into action while winding. The striking mechanism is rack and snail, the five-minute snail jumping at the even five minutes and on the twelfth jump carries the hour snail with it, so there is no danger of false repeating, as happens in clocks where the snails move slowly with the hands. The clock does not anticipate but always gives the last hour and the last five minutes, so when you get only the hour it is less than five minutes past. Case is 85 inches high."


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