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Posted 2 years ago

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Help! This Forestville pendulum wall clock is from our State Park Museum in Johnsville, California. The clock works, but is missing the hour hand. If you have a matching hour hand (see photo) or both the hour and minute hand we would like to purchase the hand or hands.

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  1. slackjack, 2 years ago
    You have the hour hand. You are missing the minute hand. That will have to be handmade as no one is making replacement "club" hands. Unique style to early American clocks. Better to have the mate made than to change the hand style. A seldom seen clock maker. And in fine condition if the movement is complete and working. Best Wishes.
  2. JohnS, 2 years ago
    Slackjack! Thanks for the correction. Who makes replacement hands?
  3. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    There are replacement "club" hands, but they are not an exact match to your existing hour hand. The replacements might be carefully altered to more closely match your existing hand. See: http://www.timesavers.com/findbydesc/SearchCatalogMain.asp?ProdDesc=club

    or: http://www.merritts.com/clock_parts/public/productlist.aspx?SearchText=club&x=0&y=0

    You would need to measure the clock dial and try to match up the existing hour hand with the replacement hour hand length. You also need to be concerned with the proper fit of the hands on the hour cannon and minute arbor.

    I do agree with slackjack, I think you would be better off taking the clock to a good clock repairer/restorer. See the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors' business directory for a possible referral: http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/business-directory

    Hope this helps.

    Regards
  4. slackjack, 2 years ago
    Bruce99 seems to have the best of it. I tried to find a handmaker on NAWCC site with no response. Merritts.com is the best to be found in made hands. IF the size is right. Measure from center to outer ring to get the minute hand length. That is how the hands are sized and ordered. And keep original hour hand secured inside case for posterity. Best Wishes..........

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