Japanese Seikosha Wall Clock

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  1. Hogshair

    Hogshair Registered User

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    Hi all, anyone offer an opinion as to what the original dial on this clock would have been made of?

    Cheers
    Hogs.
     
  2. THTanner

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    The only one I worked on had a painted tin dial and just under the 12 was a line drawing of Mt Fuji
     
  3. Hogshair

    Hogshair Registered User

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    Hi THT, yes, I thought the original dial might be a tin job, this one is an Ally replacement, not bad, but the numerals are too big judging by the way the minute hand does not reach the middle of the chapter ring. Can you remember if the clock you worked on had a cream dial or a white dial?

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    Hogs.
     
  4. THTanner

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    It was cream, but perhaps due to age??
     
  5. Levi Hutchins

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    I have two Seikoshas, one with a 12" cream-painted tin dial, and the other with a 13" of unpainted particle board:

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  6. Hogshair

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    Thanks THT. Nice pics Levi and very helpful. Do you have any history on Seikosha?

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  7. Levi Hutchins

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    #7 Levi Hutchins, Jun 27, 2020 at 8:11 AM
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    Hi Hoggs,

    You should visit the Seiko Museum website: Seiko History | THE SEIKO MUSEUM

    Information on Seiko Clocks | THE SEIKO MUSEUM

    I had emailed them concerning the vintage of the first clock above, and they promptly sent an image of it from their 1961 catalogue.

    They may prove helpful with any questions that you may have.
     
  8. Ticktocktime100

    Ticktocktime100 Registered User

    Hi,

    As has been said above, the Japanese company Seikosha has now become Seiko. It made a variety of clocks, including gallery clocks such as yours, in the early part of the 20th century. Your clock was likely made around 1920. NAWCC member Charles E. Davis would be a good person to get in touch with, as he appears to specialise in Japanese clocks. Here is some information he shared in a thread a few years ago regarding Seikosha:

    "You can get a good history of Seikosha from the National Library. It is Number 3 and last of the three chapters translated to English from Hosimi Uchida's History of the Japanese Clock and Watch Industry. That chaper is entitled Evolution of Seiko 1892-1923. The complete book, in Japanese, was commissioned by the Seiko Institue of Horology for the 100th anniversay of the founding by Kintaro Hattori in 1892. It was not the first clock company but it developed into the largest and produced almost half of the clocks made in Japan (many of them metal alarm clocks.)"

    Regards.
     

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