Please help identify this Seth Thomas clock!!!

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My in-laws have had this clock for over 30 years and were curious if it is really a Seth Thomas Regulator or possibly a replica. There are no serial markings anywhere on the inside of back of the clock and there is also no tags or labels of any sort on the piece. It appears as if some of the embellishments have been added. Any ideas on this? Your help is appreciated.

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Steven Thornberry

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Looks very much like an oriental clock, actually. I believe similar ones are still available from Merritt's, for example. What is written on the dial above the hand shaft? I can't quite make it out.

Forgot to add, definitely not ST, nor even a replica of one.
 

Kevin W.

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Looks Asian to me, not American, is it a 31 day clock.
 

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It's an oriental clock and they are still available new today. It's nothing to do with Seth Thomas and they never made this type clock.
 

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It might have a Hermle movement (German) in the Asian case. A look behind the dial would be enough to tell the story on this one.
 

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The clock is Japanese. There is little information about them. They were made in the early 1900's and again after WWII. Antique Clocks Price guide shows two of them. I read that they were often referred to as "Hotel Regulators."

They were made in three sizes with the largest being 56 inches from top to bottom. I have the large model and have to admit it's actually a nice clock (I'm not partial to Japanese clocks). A friend had picked it up at a yard sale and he discovered he didn't have a place for it. He contacted me to see if I was interested in it just to get it off his hands. I swapped with him and he was really happy to get the big one out of his house.

The clock is an 8 day time and strike and keeps good time. Now I just have to decide what I'm going to do with it. Seems I don't have room for it either... Oh well!
 
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Bogey so its not a westminster. Nice looking, but if i had a choice i would likeley pick a Seth. But there are some nice Asian clocks out there.
 

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Asian, case probably made in the Philippines and the movement Korean. They were made in different sizes. Yours would probably be a medium size. They would stamp anything on the dials, if they thought it would make them sell!

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You will see similar clocks at Merritts, as stated above.
The reason I wonder about the movement is that there is, or perhaps was a company called Westminster Clocks that used German movements in their clocks.
All of these Rococo style clocks I've seen have 31 day Korean movements. Would be interesting to see what's behind the dial on yours.
 
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