American Were time clocks refurbished from pendulum to electric

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  1. Tony Jarrett

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    I would like to purchase this clock but have questions the seller can't answer. It shows pendulum wear but has an electric cord running in from top. Was it a practice to retrofit clocks to electric or is it likely someone has done this recently ?

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    #2 shutterbug, Mar 5, 2020
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    That might be a master clock that was used to impart impulse to others clocks every minute to keep them all the right time ... like in a school. In that case, it would be mostly mechanical but also with an electric system. A look in the case would tell the story.

    Edit: On closer examination, I believe it's a time clock like businesses used for employees to clock in and out of work. In that case it would be electric originally, and have a second component for stamping the time onto a card. Many old electric clocks also employed a pendulum for accurate timekeeping in a less than dependable period while electricity was being introduced.
    It looks like it's in very good condition. One caution: some of those clocks also have very strong springs in them.

    Edit again: If I had read your title more carefully, I could have saved myself a lot of typing :D
     
  3. Tony Jarrett

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    Thanks for the info. Yes, I should have said it is a time recorder punch clock. A pendulum as a backup sounds logical. I didn't realize that most of them were electric. I thought that it may have been a retro fit because of this tag that is on it. Fairchild camera and instrument corporation. From the research I have done, I saw nothing about them providing or servicing time recording clocks. Great forum here !

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    I believe the tag you show was a property/inventory tag for the original owner.
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    I don't think 'most of them' were, some were of course, but many weren't. I have had several and they were all spring/pendulum movements.

    They had massive movements and huge springs, as has already been mentioned and made nice clocks even if you didn't use the clocking mechanism.

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  6. Tony Jarrett

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    This one had a label in detailing when it was sold/inspected and to whom it was sold. Just in case someone finds that information interesting.

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    Hello Tony,

    The dial has no winding holes which means that there are no springs to wind externally but there may be a spring that is re-wound electrically.

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    I've seen master clocks with an electric rewinder that pulsed once a minute or so to keep tension on a small spring. They were very inventive during the industrial revolution! :)
     
  9. Tony Jarrett

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    You guys have been most helpful. Thanks for your time and responses.
     

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