Trying to identify my new clock purchase

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  1. ANTHONY PENLAND

    ANTHONY PENLAND Registered User

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    I just purchased the antique table clock at a thrift store in my town. It has an E.N. Welch movement. The gong looks like it was replaced with a bell. Everything is intact and the clock works great and keeps proper time. It does need a good cleaning as it looks like it was over oiled. Th scroll work decal on the back side of the glass is peeling back in a few places. Any help with this would be great.

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  2. Luke Boyd

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    Your case design is similar to a design produced by the Waterbury Company circa 1880. Two of their models were 16 1/4 inch high.
     
  3. ANTHONY PENLAND

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    Thank you for the updated information.
    Did they use stickers for the gold design on the glass for the door, or could it have been added later. I am also curious about the bell in place of the gong. There are two screw holes behind the pendulum. Plus, on the hour the striker hits the bell a lot faster than any normal gong I have on my other clocks.
    Also, mine is 17 1/2 inches high from the base to the top peak.
     
  4. Steven Thornberry

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    Since it has a Welch movement, I suggest it might be one of the Empress Models, such as the one pictured below from the 1880 catalogue.
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    Welch, Spring & Co. was formed in 1868 to produce a clock of somewhat higher quality. The principals were E. N. Welch and Solomon C. Spring. In 1884, it was closed and subsumed lock, stock, and barrel under the parent company, the E.N. Welch Manufacturing Co., which continued to offer some of the Welch, Spring & Co. models, possibly including the Empress.

    Supplement 12 of the NAWCC Bulletin, written by Owen and Jo Burt, is devoted to the Welch, Spring, & Company. It is well worth having.
     
  5. ANTHONY PENLAND

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    Awesome. This is just getting better. Thank you all for your information. Gives me more information that help greatly. You all are the best!!!
     
  6. Steven Thornberry

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    Forgot to mention that the small gridiron is on the wrong end of the pendulum rod. It should be above the faux mercury pendulum ball.
     
  7. ANTHONY PENLAND

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    Thank you. I see that now. Will have to correct that.
     
  8. ANTHONY PENLAND

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    Finally deciphered a sticker on the back of the clock. It was worn down, but the name on it is A.R. Brattin, Greencastle, Indiana. Dates back to 1879. He owned a jewelery, clock and watch store there. From what I can make out on the decal, it states, cared for and maintained by A. R. Brattin Jewelers, Green castle, Indiana. The rest is unreadable.
     

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