Unusual wooden works movement, Seth Thomas

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  1. harold bain

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    Spotted this clock on ebay. I have never seen a wooden works clock movement designed somewhat like a brass strap movement. It got a pretty good price ($2,500), likely well worth it.
    Any comments?
     

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  2. Jeremy Woodoff

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    An early, off-center pillar-and-scroll in what looks like basically complete and original condition. I'm not surprised at the price.

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    The "off center" movement is shown in Ken Roberts' book "Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock" on pages 55-57. He states that "as far as is presently known" (1973) the off center movement was "only cased by Thomas". Roberts also states, "Soon after Terry introduced the pillar and scroll case, Seth Thomas followed casing strap movements in such styles." This would likely date the clock around 1820. David, owen.or
     
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    The part of the back board the movement is mounted to looks like different wood compared to the bottom. Am I seeing that right:???: If that is the case, I would question weather this movement started it's life in this case....Chris
     
  5. Jeremy Woodoff

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    Chris,

    You're right, but it also looks as though the backboard is actually the back plate of the movement. Notice how the movement pillars are fixed to the backboard rather than to straps as are used at the front. That would explain why this part of the backboard is made of quarter-sawn oak rather than the pine of the rest of the backboard.

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  6. harold bain

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    Here is a picture of it from behind. Looks like lots of holes:?|
     

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    I too, have the Terry book, and the back plate of the clock forms part of the backboard of the clock. It was designed this way.

    I think this is a fantastic find. I have not seen many strap wooden works movement clocks for sale anywhere.

    What I find to be the most unusual, however, is the way the dial is arranged.
     
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    While searching for the threads needed to populate this new forum, I ran across and read this 3-year old thread on a Seth Thomas wood movement. I thought it interesting enough to bring up to the top for another look. Just playing around while the forum gets started.:D
     
  9. Peter A. Nunes

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    Harold, the holes are the pivot holes in the back plate of the movement, but you probably know that already.
     
  10. harold bain

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    I do now, from information others posted, Peter. At the time when I saw this one on ebay, it seemed to be something special. I haven't changed my mind:D
     
  11. Peter A. Nunes

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    I agree, I'd love to have one.
     

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