New England Mirror Clock

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  1. oxblood2

    oxblood2 Registered User

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    New project for the wall.
    Need some cosmetics and a few replacement parts. Weights , mirror, hands and rosettes are missing. Interesting movement, that I’ve never seen before. Looks like the hammer has been replaced. I’ll have to figure out the time side set up with the first pulley being low. Very big too. 50 1/2” tall by 20 3/4” wide. The chapter ring on the metal dial is 11 1/4” in diameter. Someone painted the pendulum rod red .
     
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    The seller thought this might be from Rhode Island. Looks more New Hampshire style to me , but just guessing. Anyone seen a movement like this?
     
  3. wow

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    What a neat clock! Have never seen one like it. That’s a big clock....50 inches. The movement is different from any I’ve seen. Having a rack and snail should help determine the date. Others will certainly know more than I . Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Yep, strange clock! Your file shows 10 pictures but I can only see 4?
     
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    Saw it on eBay.

    Had my questions about it.

    Is the back board made of multiple boards or just have shrinkage cracks. Bit unusual if made of multiple boards. I'm not that good with identifying woods. Could it be oak or chestnut? I believe the latter was used with some frequency in RI?? I believe oak would be unusual for a clock of that period.

    The board screwed to the backboard looks too fresh. Then again, if the back board was splitting, might have been added to stabilize.

    RM
     
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    #6 oxblood2, Nov 5, 2019
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    1F7D0AF2-255A-4990-AC07-3182DC3A0EDA.jpeg C9950AB2-C21D-4D8D-B2C8-B98E9251258C.jpeg 9A9AF79F-2E11-4B9D-BDAD-46B5126A0C8A.jpeg Here are a few more photos. These were screen shots from the listing and some I had not edited out the “#” of the photos. The back boards do look like oak or chestnut. I’ll post some better ones when it arrives. The back boards appear to have been assembled at one time as the angle of the center matches up to the two outer ones. Whether this was how it was assembled originally, I don’t know. One good point , from looking is the patina inside from oxidation, is even and shows some age. The movement support board does look replaced to me too. There also seems to be another board inside to stabilize the back. Hopefully someone has seen a similar movement. Looks like the anchor and pendulum rod is between the plates.
     
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    The clock arrived today. The dial glass broke, but things happen. It had old wavey glass with flaws.
    There are rectangular head nails that hold the half turned pieces in place from the back of the door. The side boards are solid mahogany with mitered corners. Also glue blocks in the corners. Nice very large brass hook to keep the door closed. The movement has “ 2529” inscribed on the lower right side of the movement. This number is also below the repair label. I can’t find any info about the repair shop. Looks like it could be Ayer, Mass. Still doing some forensics. Big clock. Set it up to see if it wants to run.and it’s trying. Needs a good cleaning.
     
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    Unusual movement with the escapement being between the plates, with the crutch engaging the pendulum within a slot in the rod. Both are located between the plates.
     
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    Still hard to tell the type of wood is on the back. Seems a little more opened grained that oak , but with the oxidation, hard to say. Also interesting guide marks on the backside of the minute post gear( forgive my term, as I don’t know what all the gears are properly called)
     
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    Secured the the wall for test run. So far so good. Also, patched the gesso and working on some paint matching.
    Going to draw up some plans to make the hands this holiday week.
     
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    Made the minute hand today. Still have the square hole to do and a little polishing to do before bluing
     
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    Looking good! Did you use a file or something else to cut the shape? I have a hand replacement project coming up.

    Tom
     
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    Thanks Tom
    I used a small flat that’s about 1/4” wide out of this set. Like the set as it has a handle that you can change the files.
    First hand I’ve ever made, Hope the hour hand is better
     
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    Finished the hands today and mounted to the clock. Still up In the air about restoring the dial. The dial has had a coat of varnish applied at some point and has yellowed and has losses.
    The lower tablet appears to have its original glazing, but the surround has been repainted,as the ivory colored paint has ran over some of the glazing.
    The dial color now and the lower tablet blend color wise and not sure if updating the dial would look as good.

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    Just need the glass and mirror.
    Unusual clock not only on size, but having the pendulum between the plates.

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    Thanks. I have a set like those. Good to know that's all it takes.

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