Sessions restored -- can anyone ID?

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  1. blueloon

    blueloon Registered User

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    I really hesitate to refinish old wood, be it a clock or furniture, but sometimes I feel it's necessary. In this case, it was. Someone really didn't care for this clock at all -- the price at the flea market reflected that -- as well as all of the dirt and damage. I wish I had taken a picture of the movement before I got the worst of the dirt off. The wheels wouldn't even move.
    Sessions before.jpg Sessions side.jpg Sessions top.jpg Sessions movement.jpg

    I even tried to "rearrange" the shellac, but I think someone added something else to it because it wouldn't budge. So I refinished it and found some beautiful mahogany (I think) under all of the gunk.

    Sessions after.jpg

    Now, the question is, can anyone ID this one for me? The only marking on the case is 1041 stamped into the bottom. The clock is 19" long and 12" high. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. harold bain

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    Well, blueloon, your clock is a Gilbert, model # 1041. It isn't listed in Tran Duy Ly's Gilbert book, but I would guess it's date as around 1920 or so. Nice restoration.
     
  3. David S

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    Sometimes there is a fine line between patina and yuk. No question here, I think you did the right thing and it looks great.

    David
     
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    Agreed. I would have done the same. Looks great!
     
  5. blueloon

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    Thanks for the info, Harold. I only assumed it was a Sessions because it came with a Session pendulum bob. Which also might explain why I'm having a hard time regulating the time on it -- picks up about 15 minutes a day even with it adjusted all of the way to the slow end. I guess I'll have to find an appropriate bob and see what I can do with it. Not much room to make the lead longer.

    Thanks, all, for the kind words about my refinishing job.
     
  6. SteveGus

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    Might try a heavier bob in that case, since you know the one you have isn't original. FWIW, the movement may date itself on the front plate. With the steel plates, I'd guess WWI era.

    The finish on some low end Gilberts seemed to be awfully prone to bad crazing. At least your dial is clean.
     
  7. blueloon

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    Thanks. I'll try a heavier bob. I looked for dates/numbers on the front plate and there was nothing. And I was very surprised/happy that the dial looked as good as it does with the rest of the clock as beat up as it was.
     
  8. SteveGus

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    One of my favorite clocks is a Gilbert Gothic tombstone clock. When I got it the finish was heavily alligatored and the veneer was coming loose and cracking up and down the front. I decided it was a bit too delicate to refinish, so I glued on what was left of the loose veneer, painted it black and turned it into a Memento Mori clock. The dial there is a paper on celluloid dial that was badly stained from leaching out of the copper grommets. There was no way that clock would ever really be pretty again, so it may as well be interesting.
     
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