Re: Old Grandfather clock, any info would be grateful..

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  1. Don DeMarcus

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    #1 Don DeMarcus, Nov 10, 2014
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    I recently purchased a William Leavenworth wood gear Grandfather clock in need of lots of help.
    Something I found very interesting is the hinge on the door has a paten date of 1837.
    Mine is a Flat top with side windows and fan inlays in door and bottom with diamond and square attached to the case hood area and diamond inlays in the case.

    I need to know how the case was originally finished can you help.

    Did you noitce that the hood was darker then the bottom.
    Here are some pictures of the repair wook going on.

    The dial had been painted over black and someone put brass numbers on the dial and they should not be there, mine had a roman numberals and was a Calander clock mvt.

    Movement and diral are being repaired
     

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  2. Peter A. Nunes

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    #2 Peter A. Nunes, Nov 13, 2014
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    Since the case features inlay, it clearly didn't have a painted finish, so a clear finish (shellac?) was used originally.
     
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    Its remind the old memories of the vintage watches.
     
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    Don, you are doing a first class work saving that clock from the fire and restoring it:coolsign:

    Aitor
     
  5. Don DeMarcus

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    I agree that it should have a Shellac finish but why is the hood darker then the case and bottom.


    Now that I have some new Cherry wood and the older light color case with a dark hood which color should it bee?

    Where do I find out what it should look like the finiish I mean?

    According to Don B he said this movment is William Leavenworth or William Leavenworth and Sons movement.

    GOOD NEWS I had put several of the gears for the movement in a VERY SAFE LOCATION it was so safe I could not find them but I did find them and have sent on to Don B to complete the replacement and repair of the movement.
     

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    I have no idea about the color.
     
  7. Don DeMarcus

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    Update on William Leavenworth dial and Tall case clock.
    I now have the dial refinished and was replaced with as much of the original that could be found.
    Now I am waiting for the movement to come back.

    don
     

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    I now have the dial refinished and was replaced with as much of the original that could be found.
    Now I am waiting for the movement to come back.

    The Fans design in the corners of the dial go with the fan design in the door and base.

    don
     

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