mysterious number on a movement

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  1. DanGrayson

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    Why would someone have scratched "A953M" onto the back of an Ansonia 4 1/2 mantel clock movement? Just curious...
     
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    Could be for any number of reasons, I suppose. E.g., a repairer's notation or an ID number specific to an owner. You see this sort of thing quite often. The number you mention does not seem significant otherwise.
     
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    Maybe it's a coded number of a bank and safety deposit box with a hidden fortune in it :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:! Naaah, :D:D:D.

    If it were from one of my relatives it is probably the account number of a bill they did not pay and if I found it they'd want me to make it good.

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    the repair person was looking out his window while oiling the movement and saw someone back into a parked car... and had nowhere else to write down the license number
     
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    It was 9:53 in the morning - and on his third cup of coffee and just HAD to scribble something
     
  6. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Clearly it's Kabbalah numerology:

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    I would consult with Madonna?

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  7. Jim DuBois

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    At one time the AWI issued numbers such as this for purposes of identification of repair work. It was encouraged to mark your work in unseen places so you could verify your work in case of a warranty claim or something similar. I had such a number a long time ago, but I don't remember what was encoded in the format. I do remember what my father said "fools names, like their faces, often appear in public places." I regard such as worse than graffiti and never used my number anyplace. Defacing items we are entrusted to repair doesn't seem like a sound approach to anything we generally desire.
     
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    Looks more like Spock than Madonna?
     
  9. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Interesting that you mention that.

    It's the symbol of the Priestly Blessing when the High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem raised his hands and bestowed blessings upon the worshippers. It's an oft used and ancient one. Here it is used as part of the amazing decoration of a Holy Ark carved c.1920 by Samuel Katz of Chelsea, MA:

    Sam katz torah arc new haven1.png

    Some day when I have an excuse for something superfluous, I will post a Decalogue I acquired that I have little trouble attributing to Mr. Katz.

    I digress.

    Now compare to Spock's "live long and prosper":

    live long and prosper.jpg

    Given Leonard Nimoy's ethnic background (hint: he grew up in Boston's now vanished W. End), the similarity is not a coincidence.

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