Seth Thomas ships bell wood cased model

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  1. klokwiz

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    Hi, looking to identify this nice Seth Thomas. I am wondering what the model name is and the rarity of this wood case for the ships bell. thanks in advance for your assistance, Joe
    The dial is ceramic and has standard bell movement.

    PS there is no info on case back

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  2. Levi Hutchins

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    Beautiful clock! The model is the "Wardroom."

    See one that sold in 2013 here: Seth Thomas Wardroom Model Ship's Bell Clock | Sale Number 2652M, Lot Number 474 | Skinner Auctioneers
     
  3. klokwiz

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    Levi,thanks for that nice name. appreciate the auction link. I see the auction clock had some issues with wood separation this one has very nice wood condition. thanks again joe.
     
  4. jmclaugh

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    Nice looking clock with a very deep mahogany case, what does the knob at the base do? It would be interesting to see the movement as the platform adjustment is at the base of the dial.
     
  5. Isaac

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    I'm going to guess that it's to set the hands to the correct time, or to open the bezel (if it does open).
     
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    Oh it must open otherwise why bother with a regulator adjustment inside the dial unless you can adjust it externally and just view it on the dial.
     
  7. klokwiz

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    the button opens the hinged bezel for winding and setting.
     
  8. klokwiz

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    hi, posting the movement photos for those interested. I posted a close up of the strike lever springs, it appears to me they are a bit heavier than the other ones I have had apart. Wonder if this is due to the inversion of movement for this case, to insure they return. Joe

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  9. Levi Hutchins

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    Odd. The winding arbors appear to be of different sizes.
     
  10. Bruce Barnes

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    Very nice example, I own two of them and they sound the ships bells loud and clear.The arbors/trains are backwards, the strike is the right aperture and the left is the time.
    Bruce
     
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    Levi, good eye. yes they are two different sizes, but not by design. Someone filed down the time side arbor, I assume in an attempt to fix it. Probably had wrong size key used on it so long it rounded the square, and they tried to make it square again. it is nearly 2mm now which is dangerously small, esp with the power of the time spring. I had to square it to fit nearest key size 2.25mm. the original is closer to 4mm. so far it has held on a number of windings, not sure of owner will want this fixed at this time. Joe .
     
  12. Levi Hutchins

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    That sounds like an accurate diagnosis. Persistent use of an oversized key is a very effective means of creating a round arbor.

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