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Posted 2 years ago


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I was going through a box of old files this morning and found this 81 year old advertisement for; "New 1931 VALUES in Colonial Clocks by the world's largest makers of hall clocks". Address listed is Zeeland, Michigan.
It advertises clocks from $32.00 No. 1584 to $1550.00 No. 1378. It also list clock models: 1600, 1562, 1580, 1463, 1581, 1389, 1598, 1378, 1585 1526, 1550 & 1573.
When the advertisement is folded up, it measures 9" x 6", when fully opened it measures 18" x 24"
I was wondering if anyone out there owned one of these.
Thanks for looking,


  1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    Dave, I think this should be classified under "ads & signs", don't you?
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    I added it in advertising & posters. The reason I put it in clocks was to see if anyone had one of he models advertised here. If it needs to be taken out of clocks section, that is ok with me.
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    changed to vintage advertising
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    Yeah I read that in your listing. It would still show up on the general board and would be properly categorized in ads & signs.
  5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    Colonial Clocks seemed to be undervalued in auctions that I've watched. Most selling for $500 or less.

    They competed with Herschede and there were similarities in some case designs.
    Their high-end number 1378 circa 1920, for example, looks to me like a blend of Herschede's patterns 83 and 85 from circa 1904.

    Early on, they marketed themselves as the "Largest and Finest Hall Clock Factory in the World" They had a very wide variety of cases early in their history (estimated to number between 500 and 600 different models in the first 30 years of the company's existence) so perhaps they were the largest. Whether or not they made the finest cases, I'm kind of skeptical. From what you've posted, it looks like they even dropped "finest" from their marketing literature by 1930.

    I don't think that Colonial ever manufactured clock movements but they did purchase and case Herschede movements, among others, which technically means that Colonial Clocks could play the Herschede's proprietary Canterbury Chime in their clocks. You might mistake a Colonial Clock as a marriage when it was originally manufactured with a Herschede movement.

    It would be interesting to know more about the quality of Colonial's case work from the perspective of someone who has "hands on" experience.

  6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    Obviously, I didn't totally agree that it should have been primarily listed in "clocks" Kevin but I do defer to those with more experience than me on this board. It is advertising literature, which is where the primary listing was moved to. Seeing that Dave is also trying to find someone who actually owns one of these clocks, a secondary listing in Tall Case Clocks makes good sense. That's a perspective that I would like someone to share as well.

    In a very real sense, C.W.'s collection is like a valuable reference. At least it is to me. I think it should be organized as such. The secondary listings can serve to be more specific or as a cross reference.
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    I didn't mean to cause any confusion or disruption with this post. I'm sorry. My intention was, if someone could show me they had one of the models advertised I would send them the advertisement to go with their clock
    I'm at a local single A baseball game right now and when I get back home I will try to remove the post.
    Please accept my apologies,
  8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    No, Dave. Don't do that! Enjoy the baseball game! Why are you online anyway? Geez, you're a hard core collector! :)

    The post is fine the way it is! It's a clock advertisement. It categorized as such. There's no confusion or disruption! I'd like to hear from any Colonial owners out there as well.
  9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    Actually, there is a clocks parts and tools category already. Perhaps they might consider adding "literature" to the category as you suggest. In the meantime, Dave's post is fine the way it is. I only commented in the first place because it was initially misplaced. That's no longer the case. When I was much, much younger, I worked in Libraries so I guess I have a conditioned aversion to things being "mis-filed". If you search by category, collections start to look sloppy and poorly maintained if you see items in a category that really don't belong, in my opinion anyway.

    Once again Dave, your posting makes good, logical sense to way it currently is.
  10. mixdplate, 7 months ago
    Do you still have this?? I have the 1585 model, given to me by my grandmother. I've been searching for info on this clock for years.

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