Tower clock in Coventry Vermont

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  1. bptanguay

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    Located in the center of Coventry, in the Congregational Church this clock dates back to 1840 and was donated by Elijah Cleveland who paid $260.00. It was outfitted with two electric motors quite some time ago by Harmond Hunt of Hamilton MA. It has not run in over 25 years. Can you identify the maker? It only has one dial.
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  2. Peter A. Nunes

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    Brian, is that a wooden flatbed, or steel? hard to tell from the photos. Have you looked through Fred Shelley's book?
     
  3. bptanguay

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    It's steel. I don't have Shelley's Book.
     
  4. Peter A. Nunes

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    It's a must-have book, especially the new edition, which Donn Lathrop had a hand in. I have to wonder if this was once a wooden flat bed clock, with a new frame built for it in relatively modern times. Is it a riveted frame?
     
  5. gvasale

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    Looks like George H. Holbrook, but I could be wrong. He did use an escape wheel like that with a pallet picking up a tooth on each side.

    I'd like to see a photo showing more of the mechanism from where the pilot dial is mounted to the frame.
     
  6. bptanguay

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    I only spent a few minutes looking it over, mostly for any damage, which I found none. It appears to be riveted. I'll go back and take more pictures from different angles. And I found the first book by Shelley for a buck in Seattle. It's on the way now.
     
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    Any members from this group here? What did you record to the Vermont Tower clock survey?
     
  8. bptanguay

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    What about Stephen Hasham?
     
  9. Dick C

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    Here is a link to the survey: http://homepages.sover.net/~donnl/vt.html

    I also found a reference in the Orleans County History that showed that Cleveland purchased the clock around 1847 for $250; however, you will see in the above survey that the maker is unknown.
     
  10. bptanguay

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    Thank you Dick. I hope to discover the maker and add it to the list.
     
  11. Donn Haven Lathrop

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    This is a George Handel Holbrook. It is NOT a Hasham. Hasham would never make such a crude clock--Holbrooks look as though they came directly from the blacksmith's foundry. I will say that they do run, and run well for all their crudity. I'm currently embroiled in restoring the 1762 Hawting from Ipswich, and helping a friend in Mass. restore his Holbrook, which incidentally, has a knife-edge pendulum suspension. VERY unusual!!!
    I'm going to check on Coventry. If the electrification drives the clock from the winding barrel(s) no damage is done. If it's driven from the escape wheel arbor, lots of wear is likely. But this one still has its escape wheel and pendulum, which were almost always removed by that idiot from PA who destroyed so many tower clocks.
    The Hawting is running, and will be delivered to and set up in, the First Church in Ipswich the first weekend in October.
     
  12. gvasale

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    I second the "idiot from PA" remark. He must be long gone. He did the local clock here and we lost the escape wheel and pallets.
     
  13. bptanguay

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    Donn, do you have any images of George Handel Holdbrook clocks for comparison? Thank you for the comment, and from what I can tell, it is possible to bring it back to an original wind up and remove the electrical. I'll look further into the specifics of what was taken out if anything. It will be nice to put a name on the clock finally.
     
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    G H Holbrook.


    Painter couldn't spell.
     

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    Thanks for the picture, It looks like a good match. Now we can update the records. Tower clocks of Vermont.
     
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    Some Holbrooks had a flat iron strap frame attached to the wood frame. Some just have the pillow blocks just wood screwed to the wood frame.
     
  17. bptanguay

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    It appears that the town of Coventry is "missing" about 10 million dollars, due to poor record keeping. The auditors are working overtime to figure out just how much, if any, is actually missing or just not recorded. I guess the George Holbrook will have to wait.
     

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