Wm. L. Gilbert Wall Clock

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  1. CGAnderson

    CGAnderson New Member

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    Hello again! My second clock. Picked up from a friend who is downsizing. A "Williams" Wm. L. Gilbert (Winstead, Conn) wall clock. Ran some Natchex polish over it and gave it a bit of clock oil. Runs like a champ and is very accurate after a bit of pendulum tweaking over the last week.

    Don't know much about it other than what I've read on Google.

    One weird thing I noted is what is written in lead pencil on the back of the clock. It is not all legible, and you have to really look close with a bright light source. But in cursive it appears to read:

    "March 29/95"

    and I can also barely make out

    "One year from date".

    I can only assume this is a manufacture date, and possibly a warranty perhaps? Or the date someone bought it. Dunno. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    Chris

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  2. Uhralt

    Uhralt Registered User
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    It could also be a repair date and a one year warranty on the repair.

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  3. Rockin Ronnie

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    Nice hanging kitchen clock. Repair date for sure.
    Ron
     
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  4. Steven Thornberry

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    This clock is shown in Tran Duy Ly's book on Gilbert clocks from the 1891 catalogue, though it might have been offered a few years either side of that year. It is apparently named for Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusets. Gilbert made several other "similar" hanging clocks bearing the names of colleges or universities, to wit, the Princeton, Yale, Vassar, Cornell, Harvard, Girard, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Dundee, and Drexel. All are shown in Tran from various catalogues between 1885 and 1910.

    I see that your clock has George Owen's patented gong bell. Two patents, actually, October 11, 1881, and April 18, 1882. Here are the documents for your reading pleasure.

    US248206 Gong Bell.pdf US256727 Gong Bell.pdf

    Although not so well as he ought to be, Owen was an important figure in American Horology and was Gilbert's factory superintendent foo nearly 50 years. He also operated a couple of clock businesses of his own while working for Gilbert, perhaps an indication that Gilbert had sufficient confidence in Owen to allow him to essentially operate as a competitor while he was still employed with Gilbert.
     

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  5. CGAnderson

    CGAnderson New Member

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    Thank you for the drawing and to everyone for the idea of the date on the back. So it could have been obviously made prior to 1895... C
     

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