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Just have to keep your eyes open on ebay, etc. Or you can put a "request for parts" in the thread above.

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Having another look at the photos I posted last night, (it was late !) I realise that they are not as clear enough or enlarge as much as on my phone, so for completeness, the ser. No on this GB clock is 2136875. The name of the retailer shown on the dial in the first picture is Wm Sack, Horsham and Warraknabeal (I dont think that is the current spelling) and Silesia is shown under the 6
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The serial number dates the clock to early 1910.

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Thanks Kurt, that was comforting. Any idea how to go about ordering suspension guard pillars , and the guard itself ?
There is an Australian seller on ebay that has re-pop guards and the BA threaded screws.
 
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hello John, I have a question if he was a G.B model 499 with a black shield is now on Ebay greetings
 

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I don't recall reading about the pads for the numbers on the GB skeleton clocks being black. Mostly white or silver.

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Just to keep the records up to date ! This is my latest Becker 400 day which just arrived. It has the Becker beat adjustment mechanism, roman numeral dial and the cast decoration under the dial. The pendulum has the same number as the movement and must have been made very near the end of Becker's original numbering before they started again. It does not have the spring guard at the back, and as must be pretty obvious, requires alot of work to clean up, but I will get there.
The serial No is 2483364
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I've always liked the Roman numerals on the dial. The clock appears to be dated in the middle of 1924. In the middle of 1925, the numbering changed.

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is this a real gustav becker Skelton clock

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This is a "project clock" that someone has made from scratch. Virtually none of the parts are the same shape/design/quality of the original GB glass dome model No. 499 clocks made with the skeleton pendulum No. 17 and flat silvered dial, which were only from the fourth batch of about 300 clocks made near the end of 1911, not to mention the lack of GB logos and a serial number.
 

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was there such a shield in G.B View attachment 534398
This is the only clock in the first batch of GB skeletons that were made at the beginning of 1910 that has been documented with the black painted dial cartouches, also the only one with a black painted or ebonized base. On close examination of recent photos of this clock found on eBay, it is my opinion the black has been added to the original silvered dial. Well done, but nonetheless not original. Further, it is my opinion the base was colored to match the black dial cartouches. Otherwise the clock appears to be original SN 2131547 including the disc pendulum.
 

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Just to keep the records up to date ! This is my latest Becker 400 day which just arrived. It has the Becker beat adjustment mechanism, roman numeral dial and the cast decoration under the dial. The pendulum has the same number as the movement and must have been made very near the end of Becker's original numbering before they started again. It does not have the spring guard at the back, and as must be pretty obvious, requires alot of work to clean up, but I will get there.
The serial No is 2483364
David

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David, thanks for posting. Kurt's dating info is correct and this is a very good example of the clocks being made at that time. The decoration under the dial is correct, this is the model "C" noted in Appendix 87 in the Repair Guide, this design was used from 1923 until 1932 when the Freiburg factory was closed and all GB 400-Day clock production stopped.
 

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Hello John,
I always appreciate your comments and that you take the time to give us all information on each clock put up, however seemkngly run of the mill they may seem now. No doubt that in the future they will all be special and "rare" however that is applied andthis informaton wil be invaluable.
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Hello,
I got this unusual GB 400 day clock. Unfortunatelly the clock arrived with damaged and lost minute hand, I am really disapointed:( Any suggestions where I can look for the replacement? Any comment would also be very interesting.
Best regards
Gintaras

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Hello,
I got this unusual GB 400 day clock. Unfortunatelly the clock arrived with damaged and lost minute hand, I am really disapointed:( Any suggestions where I can look for the replacement? Any comment would also be very interesting.
Best regards
Gintaras

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John,
I recently bought an identical clock like the one Gintaras posted. It is a rectangular dial sl no.2249670 (same on pendulum). Mine is missing the hour hand. I am posting pictures of the minute hand with its intricate filigree work. It's beautiful. If Gintaras can send me detailed pictures of the hour hand I'll get them made by my jeweller in India. Maybe I can get the minute hand made for Gintaras, once mine is done. The bottom plate (made of tin with brass plating) was completed rusted, so the clock is disassembled. Once complete, I shall post the pictures. If Gintaras can send me the hour hand pics by email to sunandk2004@gmail.com, I'll be glad
Thanks Sunand

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John,
I recently bought an identical clock like the one Gintaras posted. It is a rectangular dial sl no.2249670 (same on pendulum). Mine is missing the hour hand. I am posting pictures of the minute hand with its intricate filigree work. It's beautiful. If Gintaras can send me detailed pictures of the hour hand I'll get them made by my jeweller in India. Maybe I can get the minute hand made for Gintaras, once mine is done. The bottom plate (made of tin with brass plating) was completed rusted, so the clock is disassembled. Once complete, I shall post the pictures. If Gintaras can send me the hour hand pics by email to sunandk2004@gmail.com, I'll be glad
Thanks Sunand

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Dear Sunand,
Unfortunatelly I do not have the hour hand of this clock. I passed it to clock collector from Poland - he also has the same clock with missing hour hand. I
will contact him, maybe he will help with the pictures. Regards
Gintaras
 
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Dear Sunand,
Unfortunatelly I do not have the hour hand of this clock. I passed it to clock collector from Poland - he also has the same clock with missing hour hand. I
will contact him, maybe he will help with the pictures. Regards
Gintaras
Thanks Gintaras, please do, eagerly awaiting the `hour hand' pics. Mabbe many others will benefit.
Looking forward to your feed on this.
Thanks & great day
Sunand
 

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Here are two more Beckers for the record. 1925 I think.

Number 372:
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and number 955:
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Can you ever have too many of these?
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Can you ever have too many of these?
Uh, no!! According to John's notes, one is 1925, the other is likely 1926.

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Not sure what to buy
I have posted pictures of one clock on wrong thread hope it will get moved but this one is for sale as well, see pictures shame I can’t but both .
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could someone help me with dating this number is 19-5838 can’t see what the third number is.
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Your third digit seems to be `4' (zoomed in to get it). If that is it, the sl no should be 1945838, which should date to end 1906,as per John's database. Your clock is missing the suspension guard (and the stanchions). Nice condition for a clock that old
 

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Thanks suband
Yes I could see the torsion spring guard is missing but what is the stanchions ?
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Thanks suband
Yes I could see the torsion spring guard is missing but what is the stanchions ?
Dell
They are the four pillars on which the suspension guard is screwed on. You see the pair of holes at the top and bottom? thats where they fit.

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Sorry I am a thick old man they are the 4 posts holding the spring guard yes !
I was writing this as you posted.
 

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The 183xxxx GB seems to be missing the small brass decorative piece that would have screwed into the two holes below the dial. There were three styles...see poor B&W picture.

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Thanks for that Kirt
Am I correct in thinking that some of them didn’t have them from new but the holes were there ?
I have seen repro ones but I don’t know what they are like,also what is the base made of, is it solid brass or plated ? Any idea of age.
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Dell -

Your clock is from early 1905. I have more than a handful of Beckers and all them have the brass pieces where there is room for them. One of mine that is from July 1905 with the piece. The pieces appear to be thin stamped brass. I have another Becker from a couple of years before this that doesn't have the brass piece but has a single hole in the middle at the bottom of the front plate and the serial number is stamped on the front plate. That's something that I haven't seen on other Beckers.

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Thanks Kirt
You posted a picture with a b and c did they differ according to year of manufacture or place of manufacture or what ?
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Thanks Kurt
So it looks like as I am in UK that it should be A or none.
I haven’t won it yet so I will wait and see but thanks for the info.
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Hi all just purchased this Gustav Becker oak cased torsion clock it would be of great help if someone could give me a date of manufacture, the serial number is 1964266 and it is the same on pendulum the clock is in good working order.
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Nice clean looking clock! The serial number dates it to late 1906. I haven't seen this kind of display before...definitely different than the standard glass dome. There is what appear to be a crown or something at the 6 o'clock position on the clock. Seems like that would be visually better on the top side...was there some way to attach it there? Also, what is that lever that appears to come out from the front at the bottom of the base. Typically this would be something to raise and lock the pendulum. I can't recall seeing that feature on Beckers or any other disk pendulum clock. Did the seller provide any background on the clock?

Hope it will run well for you...should be a stunner on the shelf!

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Hi kurt
The embellishment is loose that will have to be fixed when the clock arrives, the top goes onto the base with two pins, one on either side and the lever at the front locks it on.
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Hi all just purchased this Gustav Becker oak cased torsion clock it would be of great help if someone could give me a date of manufacture, the serial number is 1964266 and it is the same on pendulum the clock is in good working order.
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I would have expected it to have a top finial as well, picture of mine is attached

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Hi Lesbradly
I agree looking at your’s it should have one at top but until it arrives I can’t see, if it is missing I will have to keep a lookout for one, I am going to Birmingham watch & clock fair next Sunday as I am only in Moreton-in-Marsh so will have a look there you never know.
Has yours got a suspension spring guard?
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I have been to the B'ham clock fair several times. Don't hold your breath, but you might be surprised.
My clock has the supports for the suspension guard, but is not currently fitted. I do have one, might fit it sometime.
We do not live far apart, only 25 miles, perhaps we ought to meet.
 

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Hi lesbradley
Sounds like a good idea, are you going to wear the red rose or should I ?
On a serious note the clock fair at Taunton is on the same day so it was a toss up and B’Ham won as it’s closer.
Will look for a suspension guard as well, you never know.
Yes it would be nice to meet a fellow enthusiast, perhaps a pup lunch somewhere in between us ,and if you have a significant other I can bring my wife.
Will PM you my mobile.
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As far as I am aware Birmingham clock fairs ended last year. They are now held near Coventry (Ryton) and the next one will be in March 2020. Best to check before you set off!
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As far as I am aware Birmingham clock fairs ended last year. They are now held near Coventry (Ryton) and the next one will be in March 2020. Best to check before you set off!
Tim

Hi Mothyman
According to tinternet it is on 24th November but I will ring them.
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Hi all
Received the clock today however the torsion spring is kinked , it was rapped around the top mount so must have been tipped upside down in transit.
And yes Les the top finial is missing as the holes are there ( see photos)
Dell

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Hi Mothyman
The B’Ham watch & clock fair is on 24th as I spoke to someone today and they told me the next one after is on 20th January 2020.
Dell
 

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The clock was probably made during January 1910. John had a post that documented the various runs of skeleton clocks here:

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One of these years, I hope to own one of them!

Kurt
 

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Sharing pictures of my new purchace - nice GB clock with small dial and GB logo on the front plate. Never see such model before. Unfortunatelly original pendulum is missing, I use replacement with different SN. Any comments would be very interesting. Regards
Gintaras

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