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Seth Thomas 10 inch drop octagon schoolhouse clock

Dugald McIntosh

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Hi, I just picked up this Seth Thomas I bought on ebay today, I've managed to identify it as the 10 inch drop octagon, but I'm unsure of the date, and any information about the movement.

I thought the date was stamped on the back but I can't make sense out of " 1971" and what looks like a G or upside down D. (as I'm sure it is earlier than 1971)


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Dugald McIntosh
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Dugald McIntosh

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* Also, the only markings I saw on the movement aside from "Made in USA" is "44 AD" crossed out with "44 AE" underneath
 

Willie X

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It's pre1902. Others will know how much 'pre' and probably other info too. Willie X
 

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Usually, the year is done in reverse, followed by a letter A–L representing the month.
But that would date your clock to 1791. Seth Thomas wasn't in business yet. So that stamping evidently is not from the factory.
I see another number on it too. But it doesn't compute either.
 

Dugald McIntosh

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Usually, the year is done in reverse, followed by a letter A–L representing the month.
But that would date your clock to 1791. Seth Thomas wasn't in business yet. So that stamping evidently is not from the factory.
I see another number on it too. But it doesn't compute either.
Based on the writing inside, I think the clock must've had work done to it in 1935 and 1939, if that helps
 
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Just My 2 wheat pennies worth, but my guess is that the clock is 1880s, and probably the back of the case of the clock isn't original, more than likely the back of the clock was replaced at some point in time by the aforementioned persion who serviced the clock in the 1930s, and the number on the back of the case was probably a manufacturers mark from some plywood manufacturer from that time period, and the back cover was probably replaced because it was damaged (which would coincide with the rest of the case damage),, and would also explain why there's no paper label on the inside of the case like there usually is in these old clocks.

Hope this helps.

-Levi
 
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I would say that the numbers are all bogus and have nothing to do with seth Thomas, that it’s unfortunate that someone took the finish off most of it, and that the label probably peeled off but the back is legit.

the movement should clean up well, and you don't have to worry about compromising case integrity by refinishing… at which point it will be a handsome clock again.
 
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