Wooden Gears in antique clocks

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  1. Jmurrell

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    Can someone tell me what wood was used to make the gears and the clock plates?
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    Most commonly the plates are made of quarter sawn oak, the wheels are made of cherry, and the pinions are said to be laurel. That said we have had wood works clocks with plates of many woods besides oak including pine, maple, birch, chestnut, mahogany, cherry, and some others not identified. Wheels have also been seen in the shop cut of maple, lignum vitae, mahogany, in addition to the normal cherry.
     
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    The above post answers it well! It does also depend on the time period and what kind of wooden works clock. Shelf clocks commonly followed the oak plate, cherry wheel and laurel pinion standard... The clock museum in Bristol has a selection of unused factory stock parts from the Hopkins clock shop in Harwinton Ct, and the posts and pinions are clearly maple. I've got a 1790 Ashby Mass clock that's made with maple plates and wheels, and oak pinions; other makers in Mass sometimes used birch for plates and wheels. There are some massive wooden wall clock movements made near Windsor Ct which were made of oak and maple... Some shelf clock manufacturers in the 1820's offered mahogany plates, etc.
    Earlier clocks seem to have more variety, and mass produced clocks following Eli Terry (around 1810) follow the cherry, oak and laurel trend.
     
  4. Jmurrell

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    Thanks for all the information even though I am somewhat overwhelmed with all the different types of wood used.
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