New Haven 30 hour sharp gothic clock

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  1. Rockin Ronnie

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    I bought this at a local auction. It is a 30 hour New Haven sharp gothic (steeple) time and strike clock. It is in good condition apart from minor veneer issues. It is 20 1/2 inches tall with a 5-inch dial.

    I am trying to date the clock. It has an almost perfect label but for a bit of staining and an over-pasted label on the bottom centre from a clock shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The blue label says, Thomas D. Spike, watchmaker and jeweller. I checked an online database and found that the business was listed in the 1869-70 City of Halifax business directory, however, I do not know how long he operated his business. I am assuming that the clock came from his shop.

    The tablet is interesting and features a sailboat against Greek (?) temples.

    I know these clocks were made from about the 1830s to around 1900. Does 1870s sound about right?

    Ron

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  2. claussclocks

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    I checked in Tran Duy Ly's New Haven guide and found a similar clock but not date. Switching to some other resources I found a listing for what appears to be this clock dated as the mid 1800's.
    I like the tablet and the case appears to be in very good condition. Even the knob is nicely decorated. I think you have acquired a nice clock.

    I see you are listed as a retired educator. I've heard it said, "Old teachers never die, they just de-grade." Sorry I will go slap myself for that pun:eek:;).

    Seriously, a very nice clock . Congratulations!!
     
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  3. Rockin Ronnie

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    Thanks for checking. Some day I will add Tran Duy Ly to my resource library.

    Love the humour!

    Ron
     
  4. Jerome collector

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    Your guess of 1870s is reasonable. The tapered escape wheel bridge was introduced around 1870. The tablet style is typical of the 1870s.
    Mike
     
  5. Rockin Ronnie

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    Much appreciated Mike.
    Ron
     

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