tall clock ID help

Daniel Finney

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Hello all. Just got this off craigslist today and need some help figuring out what I have here. Bought it more out of curiosity than anything. It needs some serious work as you can see. Case is quite solid and very well constructed, but someone painted it long ago. My wife's words: "That is the ugliest clock you have ever bought!". Not happy. Anyways, was wondering if anyone can identify a maker of this thing. Movement seems quality aside from previous "repairs". No markings or numbers on anything. Whats your thoughts? Thanks

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Isaac

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My gut feeling is that the movement is by Seth Thomas, although I could easily be mistaken. Someone more experienced will come along soon.
 

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It looks like a seth Thomas 61a movement, which takes a 1 meter pendulum and has a 30 tooth escape wheel and beats seconds.

It’s what we call a marriage clock, where someone has pulled the pieces together to make a functional clock. i have two marriage clocks that use that (approx) setup.

The movement bracket has four posts that have been extended to accommodate the depth of the case, but it looks like they are sagging a bit as the dial is a little too low in the opening.

The dial is certainly not a seth thomas dial and has suffered some funky repaints. the pendulum rod has been repaired but the bob looks original to the movement... is it by chance 8” in diameter and 6-ish lbs?

biggest issue is the wife not liking it.... :)
 

Daniel Finney

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Thanks for the input. That really confirms my suspicions. Pendulum length, escape wheel, and bob are all what you say. Which Seth Thomas models would have used this movement? Any ideas what this case would have had for a movement originally? Just wondering if I should split them up. Maybe save the S.T. movement until I might find an appropriate case?
 

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