Your Favourite Clock

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  1. Time for tea

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    Hi to one and all.

    I thought it would be interesting to see your Favourite Clock that you own.

    Please choose just one, post a photo and brief description of you clock.

    Regards, Peter
     
  2. ClockMogul

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    Sets here on my desk in Sri Lanka with me just a ticking away. 12 inch Chelsea Ships Bell Strike Special Grand Dial.

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  3. Time for tea

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    Nice looking clock ClockMogul
     
  4. Chris Radano

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    I don't have a favorite clock. But I'll post this one, the workhorse of the household. I think this clock could be someone's lifetime buddy, as it's doing for me in my lifetime. Just a good running clock that's a fairly accurate timekeeper. And it had a distinguished, slow strike that marks a good quality clock. My wife said once, "I wish that clock would just get it over with" when it strikes. It's 12:05 when the clock completes 12 o'clock striking.:clap:This clock is also a good size, 16" to the highest point of the gable. A big clock in a little case.

    The dial is signed, "Jas. Muirhead Glasgow". So the clock probably dates to around Big Ben's inception, however "and son" was added to Muirhead's name at 1860. A good Victorian clock.

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  5. Ralph

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    Hi Jerry,

    Sorry to hear you're giving up the clock interest. I was wondering where you've been. I remember the Chelsea... I think. Is that the one you bought at a Detroit auction?

    Cheers, Ralph
     
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    Hi Ralph, Yes it is time to move on in a serious way to my first love and passion being to cycle in exotic places through out the world. I had spent 20 days last November in DUBAI, UAE cycling the arabian desert then in early December left for Sri Lanka where I still am until end of this month. The clocks are pretty much packed, stacked and collecting dust. Quite honestly I also lost interest due to some of the rhetoric coming from certain people so time to dispose of them all..Yes this Chelsea was purchased in Detroit at a auction house for quite a price tag ..So still alive in kicking here but clocks are on the way out for me..!
     
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    I've decided to post 2 clocks. Sorry I broke the rule set at the beginning of this thread about just one. Tough. Here they are:

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    Both are favorites not because I can brag how I collect only "the very best " or most expensive as some have. It's the history associated with them.

    The first is on the viewer's left. It is a Tiffany quartz clock.

    Where I work, we care for many children from the Gulf States. They come seeking consultation from our subspecialists. While doing so, they are also required to have a generalist who coordinates their care and addresses the routine concerns (i.e., colds, coughs, immunizations, etc.). That's where I came in.

    One child had a very complex and difficult set of medical issues. They were in the U.S. for months for the medical evaluation and care of their baby. I was designated as their generalist. Needless to say, in the world of Middle East tensions and politics, it created rather strange bedfellows. But we had a common ground. Doing the best for their baby. So, we got along very well. And upon their departure, this was their gift to me. I cherish it. The world is changed by one interaction at a time, I suppose.

    The clock on the right is in a similar vein. Now quite a few years ago, I worked in a medical facility on the S. Shore (i.e., south of Boston). There was a fellow who worked there in facilities management. What I soon discovered was that he was an excellent carpenter.

    He grew up in the South, very much the Old South. Let's just say his ideas about race and non-Christian religions was, well, regressive. None the less, I was one of the few people who spent time talking to him.

    I learned that he grew up dirt poor on a farm in the South. His mom signed him into the U.S. Navy when he was merely 17 during the Vietnam War. For him, best thing that ever happened. The Navy paid for a full set of dentures! First time he ever had access to medical or dental care which he greatly appreciated.

    Well, he served his country faithfully. He eventually retired from the USN on a pension. To make some extra $$, he worked at the same health care facility that I did.

    Rather than being judgmental, I remained engage. We became friends.

    I needed book shelves. After looking at some of the "store bought" ones, I approached him and asked if he could build me some. Being a "farm boy", he had the knack of figuring out how to build and do anything. Sure, he said.

    Over a period of a few months, he built them for me. I still use them to use this day all over my home. For example, here's a couple:

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    I knew a bridge had been crossed when he respectively and sincerely wished me a Happy Passover. Trust me. That was huge!

    When the book cases were all done (I think he made me about a 1/2 dozen all of which are still used), he made me the clock shown on the viewer's right. Again, I cherish it.

    So, meaning is not just about the best or the price tag or the rarest.

    RM
     
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    Spectacular!
     
  9. sylvester12

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    Here's just a few of my clocks but every clock I own is my favorite.

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    Very interesting background RM. Being that I am an All-American Citizen of mixed ethnicity, I'm guessing that I would have been a bridge too far for your friend. I suppose I'm not surprised that among your favorites would have to be clocks with significant history. Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. Jeff Salmon

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    This is still my favorite clock. I bought it in 1972. It is an enormous Westminster chime clock, very heavy movement, it weighs about 10 pounds. Movement made by Mueller/Schneckenberger. It has the most beautiful chimes. The hour gong is very deep in tone. The dial is about 8" and the clock is about 33 inches wide and 7" deep. RMS1.jpg
     
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    I'll only say this is my favorite Tall Case. It's a Herschede Pattern No. 122. This particular example was made around 1921. Not much in the way of Provenance information available. We acquired it at a local auction from the estate of a prominent Harrisburg PA family. They wanted their privacy protected so that's all the information we were able to obtain from the adoption agency.
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    I just remembered this 12 inch dial ships bell is also marked Tiffany and Company on front of dial. I am aware of only three of this "EXACT" Model and mine dates to about 1906..

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    I think my only bracket clock is still my favourite, though it is no longer my only verge clock, and once my latest verge dial clock is restored may get usurped.

    This isn't by a famous maker, or by a local maker, and it isn't even all that old, but it is very well made.

    It now lives in this plastic case so that the incredibly loud verge thump is mitigated to improve domestic harmony.

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    oops wrong pic, this case

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  16. Time for tea

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    This is my Favourite Clock it's an Junghans ato electromagnetic clock, it's the only electromagnetic clock, that i own.
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    This one is my favorite by far. It originally hung in the RR station in Cumberland Gap, KY where it remained until 1919 when the owner of Irion & Wolf Jewelers in New Albany, IN bought it at auction and put hung it on the wall of his store. I walked into the store in the mid '90s looking for watches and saw the clock. Mr. Wolf, the owner and son of the founder told me about it and said it would probably never be for sale. I used to go to the store and shoot the breeze with him from time to time and when he and his wife finally decided to close the store, they called me and asked if I wanted the clock. I did. The clock and I were on Antiques Road Show. It hangs in my living room and shows the Standard time on the top dial and pre 1882 Indianapolis City Time or 17 minutes ahead (it is set wrong in this picture) on the bottom dial.

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    Pretty fascinating and a beautiful example of a regulator-quality clock John. What about the movement(s)? How is the 17 minute offset achieved? What type of escapement? Weight powered or spring/fusee? Any jewels? Also, what about the Antique Road Show episode? Don't leave us hanging! Tell us more.
     
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    Well..........That ends this discussion of favorites. Good Night ! I have never seen the like. Thank you for the posting.
     
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    So, this clock has basically the standard weight driven regulator movement which would be in a stock #6 regulator. The difference is that the movement has been fitted with an extra set of gearing which turns a drive shaft. The drive shaft drives a bottom "movement" which is really more or less a slave which drives the bottom hour and minute hands. The bottom hands are set simply by moving the bottom minute hand while holding the top hands stationary...then both sets of hands keep the same time...just with whatever offset would be correct.

    The idea behind this was this: Before 1882 every city and town had their own (God's) time. It was noon when the sun was directly overhead. In 1882 congress approved the use of Standard Time so that railroads could have consistent time between stations. City fathers did not like having their own time usurped and compensated by demanding that both RR time and City time be displayed in RR stations. Seth Thomas came up with this #6 and also a #17 dual time regulator. They were chiefly bought by Bible Belt stations. After a couple of years most city fathers got over it and the marked for these clocks evaporated. Not many were made and many of those that were, were converted back to the standard, single dial config so as not to be confusing.

    I think this link will get you to the spot on Antiques Road Show. BTW, the clock is not for sale...especially not for what they said it was worth. :)

    Watch now: Antiques Roadshow | S20 Ep21: Appraisal: Seth Thomas Dual Dial Clock, ca. 1880 | KLRU-TV, Austin PBS Video
     
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    Please don't end the discussion...I like it.
     
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    My favorite clock is from the U.K., Haley and Milner, circa 1800. Twin fusee movement. Beautiful old mahogany, from a time when the best mahogany was available.

    It is my oldest clock and my most reliable.

    Regards.

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    I am a pocket watch collector so it's easy to pick my favorite clock I don't have
    too many. It's a 1890 Junghans clock and it was on the wall of my parents
    house for as long as I can remember. I think my dad called it a Grandmother clock:chuckling:

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    My father and my mentor in the whole collecting thing told me to remember two things. First, never say wow when picking up a watch you are thinking of buying and second, never fall in love with the goods. The later was in reference to the fact that everything has to go sometime. I have violated both rules when it comes to the Seth Thomas Dual Time.
     
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    John, that Seth Thomas dual time is one of the neatest clocks I've ever seen. thank you for sharing it and posting the PBS link.


    This is mine:
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    the photo above is this clock as I purchased it from the seller's home in Stewart, FL. its an Elite(Charles Jacques, Mathias Bauerle, Bawo & Dotter, blah blah......) 11 tube hall clock from the 1920's or so.

    the singular detail that I like about it the most is that it plays 4 songs, but this is the only chiming hall clock I have ever seen that doesn't play Westminster.

    as most of you are aware, I have an ongoing restoration thread here on the forum. for those of you who have not seen it, this is the link:

    Herschede/Elite 11 tube Hall clock restoration thread


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    This is the latest photo of the clock in its present state. I am getting close to the finish line.
     
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    Nice Brian. We love the Tall Cases.
     
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    I usually buy at auction with only pictures to guide me. I rarely get to see something in the flesh until I have paid for it. However I can certainly fall in love with the pictures and say wow a lot. The clock I selected took absolutely ages to get to me from Denmark, what it was doing there I have no idea. It was made by a guy who had premises on the mediaeval London Bridge, until the buildings were cleared a few years later.

    That history adds to why I think so much of it, I love researching the makers.
     
  29. River rat

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    Well I got quite a few clocks but I got two that are my favorite I could let the other go if I had to.
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    My Seth Thomas from the 1920's
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    And this US Navy Chelsea Deck Clock from 1918. A lot of nice clocks in this thread.
     
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    This Ansonia has always been my favorite clock.

    I bought it for my mother in 1965. The job I was working at the time paid 12-1/2 cents an hour. Adding in the tips from my early morning paper route and mowing lawns it took me a while to save up the monies.

    She cried when I gave it to her and kept it in her bedroom for the rest of her life.

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  31. John Cote

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    Great story...I can see why it is your favorite!
     
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    One of my favourites. Small Turmchenuhr from around 1580. Probably Augsburg. Full steel wheels.

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    Well there are no winners or losers in a favorite clocks thread because we all have our personal reasons why we pick favorites. I have enjoyed seeing them all and hearing the story behind people's choices. All that being said, John, that Seth Thomas is a show stopper!

    So on to my favorite(s). Sorry I have to do the two favorites thing.

    Number one: I bought this "Pride of Rochester Smoking Tobacco" advertising clock as an after though while buying a "SAUER'S Flavoring Extracts" advertising clock. Together they were my first advertising clock purchases! They arrived and I thought the "SAUER'S" clock was OK (it's now long gone), but loved the "Pride of Rochester" clock. The clock itself was probably pieced together by a jobber back in the day. This case style was used by several of the major clock companies. New Haven called it their "Regulator C.C."; Waterbury called it "Montreal", Ansonia called it "Ansonia", etc. The movement is a New Haven in this example and is original to the clock. I must have really liked it as a month later another kind'a beat up copy of the clock came up for sale on Ebay and I bought it too (sounds like a favorite). That one had a Welch Movement which was original to it. Both of these first two had the original artwork on the tablet. For an advertising clock the tablet artwork is really quite something. The lettering is acid etched and filled with silver leaf, backed with black paint. Then the tobacco pouch is hand painted, all surrounded by a silver edged black background. Since buying the first two, I have seen and have purchased a number of other examples of this clock, but none have had the original artwork intact. Nevertheless, you can always tell it's this advertising clock by the acid etched glass. Some years ago I found a newspaper article online that I think dates this advertising clock as a giveaway in a promotion dating to the late 1870's, which would make it one of the earliest adverting clocks out there. It was my first "keeper" and really started my collection. If you walk into my clock room, you can't miss that it's the favorite... There are three of these clocks grouped together on the wall, with this one hanging higher than the other two.

    Number Two: The Sidney Advertising Clock I bought last November. This is an early Sidney, made in Sidney, NY, before operations moved to Ithaca. It has a fair amount of replacement wood, I need to replace the ad papers, there are cracks in the tablet, it currently doesn't run, the dial needs touch up.... blah blah blah. Who cares. What needs fixin' will get fixed in good time. About fifteen years ago I saw this very clock in a Michigan antique store and I was in love. It had "the crazy price" hanging from a tag. Way way way beyond my simple means. I ask the owner if she could knock off a couple million dollars? She said "No, actually you could try and hand me what the tag says and I still wouldn't take it. It was my husbands favorite clock and it's really not for sale". I totally understood; asked if I could take a few pictures, which she said was fine, and my wife and I were gone. The pictures turned out alright, and I always watched to see if one like it with an original tablet would come up for auction. Years pass and all of a sudden there it was in an auction an easy ten hour drive away. The auction was a blast, the people were nice, it traveled well, and I got it on the wall without breaking anything. I have an office in the basement and there is one wall of my office you can see as you hit the bottom of the stairs. I wanted a clock that would grab peoples attention and says "come on in and take look around" and for me, this clock is it! Every time I see the darn thing I think to myself "best clock ever" and that my friends is a favorite clock.

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    One of my favorites, bought it many years ago and haven't seen another one since.............hangs outside the kitchen and ticks away.
    Also this Atkins model 260,runs well for 8+ days and has a nice sound.

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    All super examples of one’s favs.

    The one with John on Antiques Roadshow really appealed to me since that model was the very first ST model that I desired many, many years ago when studying one of Roy’s volume 1 or 2 books on clock. Naturally always watching the show I saw this episode when it appeared on television. Having not meeting John it was fun to see him on the show with this particular clock which made me say ‘wow what a find’, especially when the original search was for a pocket watch. This finds don’t come often. Doug
     
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    My favourite is a complete restoration of Junghans Crispi time and strike wall clock circa 1895 that I completed in 2016. I bought a box of pieces, added a few parts, restored the case, serviced the movement and now the clock is in a prominent place in our dining room.

    Great thread by the way.

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  37. Time for tea

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    Thanks Ron, that is an amazing restoration.
     
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    It's hard to limit to a favorite clock. I have some that are special and there are different categories to put them in. This one is a Gustav Becker Hall clock, (Grandfather) that was actually the second clock I ever got at 15 years old. Guy that sold it to me knew I wanted it and let me pay it out. I think mom and dad helped behind my back. It is a 5 bar bim bam with incredibly deep tones.

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    my first clock looked pretty similar to the one you posted above. the difference is that ours had an urgos Westminster 3 weight movement. unfortunately, my ex wife ended up with that one in the divorce. I was really ticked off about this at the time. today, I suppose I have compensated for the loss with many other beautiful clocks.
     
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    This Celebrate No. 852 never fails to impress. A cute little Gothic upright mantel clock with a nice rosette carved into the arched top. Very quiet mellow chimes, perfect for a bedroom. At just about 12 and a half inches tall it is the "baby" of the collection. A note that came with the clock suggests it was sold in January 1933 which makes it a later example.

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    Bump this back up it's a good thread. More of my favorite.

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    The case for my John Knibb returned on Thursday with the mask made to fit the dial. There is a way to go yet, new hood door required, movement to be restored, but I suppose it would be rather odd to have a Knibb in the collection, even a John Knibb, and not have it as your favourite.
     
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    #45 claussclocks, May 1, 2018
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    I am not a big Kitchen clock fan but I stumbled into owning the better part of the "Bird" series by Gilbert and decided it would be nice to complete the set. I just recently got the last one.
    For anyone interested in the names they are Dove - Owl - Swan - Eagle - Hawk and the last one alone is the -Quail.
    They should all have pendulums like the Owl and Swan. I have some and will replace them all when I can.

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    Looking good nice collection.
     
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    This is probably my favorite, because of the originality and quality of the glasses. I believe this unsigned Willard school clock had accurately been attributed back in 1930 to Aaron Willard Jr's shop. All details of the construction point to his work (especially the styling of the hands). Nearly identical glasses to these that were discovered in a Simon Willard clock that dates between 1810-15, and are believed to be the work of original designer John Ritto Penniman. The image of Kronos (Father Time) leaning up against a globe on a floating island, with foot resting on a broken column and hour glass to the side was drawn, engraved, and published in 1809. You see different variations of this design in other Willard school examples. He later used these same elements in his 1815 (1820 publishing) design of the seal of the American Antiquarian Society, which is still in use by the organization to this very day. As both a graphic designer and historian, I have tremendous respect for the talent and dedication this man had (all vices aside). Considering how many examples of his decorative eglomise glass painting work that still to this day 200 years later exist, I can only imagine just how incredibly busy and focussed this guy must've been in his craft during the first quarter period of that century.

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    what a lovely banjo clock...

    i think my current fave is my latest craigslist score... french pinwheel regulator in what appears to be an american case. it was totally rusted out and in pieces when i got it but the movement was in surprisingly good shape and it now runs like a dream. i could have cleaned it up even more but really like the old/authentic/beat up look. :cool:

    p.s.: DeanT... simply not fair. :cool:

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    I have a few favs but only pics of a couple. Number one is my Isgus (Jsgus) grandfather. I just love the size of the case.

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    Second is my Winterhalder and Hofmeier. It has some issues but I haven't brought myself to tackle them yet as, at the moment, they are beyond my skills. I am just happy to look at it. It is heavy!!

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