English Night clock information?

Essex ranger

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Is anything known about the maker of this night clock? It is said to be American but it has no makers mark anywhere that I can see. I bought it recently despite the cracked glass dial as I was intrigued with it. There is one in Brooks Palmers ‘Treasury of American Clocks’ but it gives no information about it. Any information would be most gratefully received.

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Andy Dervan

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This is not a "night clock"; it is clock that you put on old style gas light valve.

Many homes had gas lights - many people were afraid of "electricity" and these were used.

My grandparents home was constructed in 1916 with gas lightening; it was not converted to electricity until late 1930s by my uncle after both parents has passed away.

Waltham Watch Co. used their size 37 car clock movement for a gas light; this movement is much lower quality quality as it has solid balance rather typical bimetallic balance.

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This may do better in the American pocket watch forum.
I think that it is a Waltham.
Though not 8 day, and with the edge turned down, probably name removed akong with part of the serial number. There may be a full serial number on the dial side.
Dan.

Edit: I should clarify this is for the movement identification only. The rest would have been made by someone else.
 
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I disagree.

Guess I'm not sure what fear of electricity has to do with anything.

I believe it is in fact a night clock.

Telling time at night in the pre-electricity days was a problem.

There were a number of "solutions". One was to back light the dial with a flame.

Here, the solution was to mount a time piece to a gas wall fixture. The flame would back light the milk glass dial so that it was visible in the dark...at night.

I have seen quite a few like this made by Waltham. Basically it used a watch like movement but it is NOT a watch.

I owned one by Davies with a rather elaborately molded milk glass dial with decoration including dolphin heads and so on. By the way, Davies did a few interesting things will milk glass and clocks. Some examples are his little "Young America" clocks. I own a lever movement wall clock with a milk glass case he patented.

I have also previously posted a night clock which was basically a small lantern where the movement rotated a milk glass chimney with numbers on it.

There are other variations and forms of clocks meant to tell time at night.

RM
 
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ER, your clock appears to be a Waltham., Regardless, here are few other examples of night clocks, including one like RM mentioned, Davies Patent, and a Waltham example. Another is unbranded, but was available in a nice displayable package , with a reflector behind the gaslight, I had to acquire it, and then a French night light with a shattered dial. The auction house broke it.

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ER, your clock appears to be a Waltham., Regardless, here are few other examples of night clocks, including one like RM mentioned, Davies Patent, and a Waltham example. Another is unbranded, but was available in a nice displayable package , with a reflector behind the gaslight, I had to acquire it, and then a French night light with a shattered dial. The auction house broke it.

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Golly jeepers!

The gas jet mounted night clock I once owned (sold it) was identical to the one shown in 3rd, 4th and 5th pix going from the viewer's left to right.

RM
 

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Just for chuckles and somewhat off course, see this thread for another type of night clock:

Couldn't resist.

Here's a teaser pic:

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There are some worthwhile links to examples of night clocks (including a Waltham) in the NAWCC Museum Collection. Scroll around.

Ignore the postings advocating adding LED's to clocks.

RM
 
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Well i have a copy of the 1967 edition of palmers treasury of American clock book.
Here are some pictures from the book.


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