Unusual Fusee?

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Here is one of four fusees I bought. I’ve never seen one in this style. What can you tell me about it?
Thanks.
Will

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I haven't seen one like this either. The style of the case makes me think 1930s.

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i don't know about the movement, but the case immediately struck me as 'later'... especially when i noticed the biscuits joining the case pieces:

"The biscuit joining system was invented in 1956 in Liestal, Switzerland by Hermann Steiner. Steiner opened his carpenter'sshop in 1944, and, in the middle of the 1950s, while looking for a simple means of joining the recently introduced chipboard, invented the Lamello joining system"
 

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Prior to biscuit joints, there were spline joints. These were hand cut. That is what I think has been used in the construction of this case. Just my opinion. But yes, it has a very Art Deco look to it, so I'd go with Uhralt's date of it being 1930ish. To use a modern term, I think the clock case has been re-imagined.
 

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Yes splines were in use in the 18th century. The clock looks to me like somebody made it to use an old movement, the movement has screwed pillars which suggests 20th century.
 

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Thanks, gentlemen. It is definitely the least attractive of the four fusees I bought. I was guessing it was made in the early 20th. It does not have a back board but I can make one out of solid piece of wood and make it look good. The movement looks older to me, actually, like the other three old fusees I got. A young relative of the owner was there when I was loading them up, and she liked this clock better than all the others. Go figure!!!:???:
 

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The screwed pillars suggest 20th century or very late 19th century.
You do see them very occasionally on earlier clocks but that's the general rule.
 

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The movement looks older to me
I agree, as the others have already said, this is a movement older than its case.

A young relative of the owner was there when I was loading them up, and she liked this clock better than all the others. Go figure!!!
Well, although it's not my personal taste, I can somewhat understand why it might appeal. If it were polished up I think it could look quite fine, and we know it has a good quality movement. So yes, I could understand someone liking it.

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Not seen one like that before either and though the case in not unattractive I also think the movement didn't start out life there.
 

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Could this be an older movement that someone put into a later case?
Since there are no mounting tabs on the posts and no screw holes in the case, it is hard to tell. It mounts on the board with two pillar screws which screw into the lower pillars. All looks original to me.:???:
 

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There are a few English fusee dial clocks in octagonal cases with more traditional hands and painted dials pictured in a Google search. Perhaps this clock has had a change of dial and hands, with the movement and case original to each other.
 

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Since there are no mounting tabs on the posts and no screw holes in the case, it is hard to tell. It mounts on the board with two pillar screws which screw into the lower pillars. All looks original to me.:???:
Sat on a seatboard like that it may have started life in a bracket clock.
 

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Will, what auction did you buy from? You got a truck load!
I repaired the bracket clock about 25 years ago. The owner lost his sight in one eye and almost all in the other eye. He decided to sell all his collection at once because he couldn’t enjoy them any more. I went to see them because I remembered the bracket clock. I didn’t know what else he had. I bought them all. Right place/right time thing.
 

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There’s a mahogany octagonal cased clock in one of the big UK auction houses, coming i toP for sale soon - cant link as it is not yet sold. It is a bit older than yours, but while the style is unusual for English clocks they were clear made this way.
 

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There’s a mahogany octagonal cased clock in one of the big UK auction houses, coming i toP for sale soon - cant link as it is not yet sold. It is a bit older than yours, but while the style is unusual for English clocks they were clear made this way.
That’s good to know, Zedric. Please post a link if comes available. I would like to see it and compare. Thanks.
 

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Ok, the auction is a little over a week away. Remind me if I forget...
 

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