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Tiffany My first Antique electric "Tiffany"

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Picked this up at local auction. Never seen one before and after researching here I believe it's an early model. The battery compartment is missing but it has added a two D cell pack and it will run for a few minutes though the pendulum seems to be scraping the bottom. Can anybody give me an approximate date? 20210629_181314.jpg 20210629_181311.jpg 20210629_181254.jpg
 
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You do have an earlier double contact version. I do not know the date, but the patent is given as 1904, so this being an early model it must be closer to that date. It should take 3 batteries for 4.5 v and the pendulum does look at bit low, it should not touch the base. I have the other single contact models which came later and they are fascinating to watch, but sometimes a pain to get to run correctly. I do envy your find; good luck with it. Looks like you have a Barr/Poole next to it, so I expect you will have it running soon.
 

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Thanks. Yes I actually got 3 Barrs along with this one. Two of them run good and currently keeping time. I'm going to make a battery holder for it and try 4.5v. Interesting watching and listening to it run. Is there a trick to setting the hands. I noticed on one rotation they won't move and the other they turn just stiffly.
 

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Congratulations on your find! One of the first Regionals we attended had an excellent exhibit of Tiffany Never-wind clocks. Being new to clocks, I had no idea at the time how unusual it was to see so many examples in one place. To top it off, I missed the presentation that accompanied the exhibit. If only time travel back to that event were possible...

Have you seen these Tiffany Never-wind article from the October 1982 and February 2006 Bulletins? There may be more current information available, but perhaps these might be interesting reading.
 

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Thank you. Been trying to research at the main site but have an issue with my log in. When resolved I look forward to reading it. Thanks again!
 

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When it rotates one way the pin is released and the other way gives impulse when the contact is made. Watch it from the back and you will see what I am attempting to say. Well, I just realized this is probably not how yours works, since you have the double contact and mine are single contact.
 

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