American Pendulum hangs in front of weights

Robert Mathews

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Have acquired what appears to be an American grandfather clock. No names or logos anywhere. One this is unusual to me. The pendulum hangs in front of the weights. Can anyone tell me anything about this clock?
 

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looks german to me... but the best way to tell is to see photos of the movement... particularly the back plate that might have a makers mark or name stamped on it.
 

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looks german to me... but the best way to tell is to see photos of the movement... particularly the back plate that might have a makers mark or name stamped on it.
I don't know. Ladder chains aren't often seen in German clocks. Yes, it would help a lot to see pictures of the movement.

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Does not look German to me. As mentioned, ladder chains.
 

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I see an adler (eagle) on top of the clock. It gives me a german feeling.
 

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I see an adler (eagle) on top of the clock. It gives me a german feeling.
I might be wrong, but I did not think that eagle was original to the clock. It looks like it might have been lifted from a 20th century American banjo clock to replace a missing finial.
 

Robert Mathews

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looks german to me... but the best way to tell is to see photos of the movement... particularly the back plate that might have a makers mark or name stamped on it.
Have not removed works from case, but with on frame, not sure it would show anything
 

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Well, the unusual (at least to me) suspension spring and pendulum attachment ought to give us a clue, but I have never seen either before.

But I am sure someone will recognise it.

JTD
 

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My gut says New Haven, the plate cutout pattern looks very similar to some of their other movements. Also, I believe New Haven used ladder chains for their grandfather clocks.
 

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My gut says New Haven, the plate cutout pattern looks very similar to some of their other movements. Also, I believe New Haven used ladder chains for their grandfather clocks.
It is a New Haven movement. We have seen it many times. Apparently it is a common movement used in NH longcase clocks. I haven't yet checked to see if this clock might be in Tran.
 

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This particular clock is not shown in Tran Duy Ly's book on New Haven clocks. That, in itself, is not especially significant, since it is known that Tran's books on the American makers do not capture all models made by them.

The movement is pictured in Tran and that particular movement is said to come from New Haven's Hall Clock No. 1, ca. 1915. Tran does not show Hall Clock No. 2,3, 4, etc., but the name Hall Clock No. 1 perhaps suggests there were others in a series, as it were. Possibly, as well, New Haven simply provided movement, weights, etc. to an entity that provided or acquired a case elsewhere and put the while thing on the market. Hard to say unless we turn up a second example of the clock with identifying information.