Waterbury Rack and Snail

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  1. Dave T

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    Had to restrain myself from buying this. Don't know much about Waterbury, but think this is the first rack and snail movement of this type I've seen. If the case wasn't missing one lion I might have went for it.
    Antique Waterbury Mantel Clock (closed listing)
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    Someone has obviously tried to put it back together... I see several pivots residing next to the hole in the plate. Two screws missing on the frame. Who knows what else!
     
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    I don't know much about Waterbury either, but I think you made a wise choice.
     
  3. Willie X

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    The rack & snail Waterburys are fairly common and I've seen several that had missing parts just like yours.
    You made the right move. Willie X
     
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    Thanks guys, reminds me that I need to quit looking at stuff for sale. I see something interesting and then talk myself into thinking I need one of those. :)
     
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    MIne is usually, "Heh, no one's bidding on that very common, but nice old clock. Got to save it from the dumpster."
     
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    Yeah, but do they usually have the rack on the same side as the pendulum, and no snail?
     
  7. Willie X

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    On that one, I think the snail is/was geared off the minute hand shaft internally and was attached to an extended pivot just over the ☆ on the back plate. Looks to me that the movement is not actually together, just sorta cramed back into the case?
    I seem to remember some Ansonia movements with the rack and snail on the back also. Willie X
     
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    #8 Dave T, Nov 17, 2018
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    I've seen posts here on this site, I think, that said this was one of Waterbury's better movements.

    Here's a real nice example of a nearly identical clock from our good friend and member in MD.
    Waterbury Reno Shelf Clock, circa 1891
     
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    Strange...internal snail. Wonder why they did that?
     
  10. Willie X

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    I've always wondered that too. The only reason I could think of was to do the minimum amount of conversion work to loose the countwheel strike. The snail drive is sort of a modified motion works shaft and the rack and hook are just srewed to the back plate.
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