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    Posted 8 years ago

    Peavie
    (19 items)

    Told this was a "coach" clock but have since learned it is a "Chimer". It has a small adjusting screw at the top, above the 12, to speed up/slow down the movement. This is a beautiful little clock marked "made in USA" under the 6. It chimes the hour and half hour The fourth photo has a partial label, but I cannot really tell much from it. Thanks for any clues you might have.

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    1. cue606, 8 years ago
      At first glance I would guess it's a Seth Thomas or maybe Jerome & Company clock, being it's a fairly typical mantle clock design, but the hands aren't typical of those clockmakers at all. If you open the door can you see a number, name, or symbol on the movement?
    2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 8 years ago
      I could be wrong of course but I don't think this is a Seth Thomas Gothic Arch model. If the dial is original to the clock and it were a Seth Thomas there would be no doubt. The hands are probably not original to this clock because they are way too big for the dial. The hour hand could easily serve as a minute hand. Your photo of the label is too blurred to read. What does it say? The movement may provide information on the maker, but originality is in question here.
    3. Peavie Peavie, 8 years ago
      I did more research last night at https://www.antiqueclockspriceguide.com/listallmodelnames.php and the back plate on the similar Seth Thomas clocks was very different from the back plate on my clock. Also, there are no numbers, names, or symbols that I can see.

      I will see if I can get a picture of the back plate, and a clearer picture of the label, but it seems to only have instructions for winding. Although they are nice to look at, I'm afraid that both this and the Tall Clock may turn out to have been canabalized.

      Thank you both for helping me...even if it is not what I would like to hear.

      Peavie
    4. Peavie Peavie, 8 years ago
      Here they are...maybe you might see something.
    5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 8 years ago
      That looks like a Sessions movement. I'll see if I can find it in one of my references.
    6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 8 years ago
      It appears to be the Sessions "Puritan" from circa 1910. Described as an Eight-Day Cathedral Gong Half-Hour Strike on Cup Bell. 12 3/4" high, 8 1/2" wide. Was offered in Mahogany or Quartered Oak Case. The illustration shows some fairly long hands. Although your clock's hands look a *little* longer I think that they may be original. Their style is definitely appropriate. So if your clock's measurements are the same or close to the ones above I think your mystery is solved. The only difference I see in my description is that the Dial is supposed to be Porcelain with Convex Glass. So either there were a selection of dial options, or the porcelain dial of your clock was damaged and replaced. If it was replaced, it was done very well!
    7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 8 years ago
      Nice solve Bruce :-))
    8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 8 years ago
      P.S., this clock is not really a "chimer". It is described as a Time and Strike. Chiming Clocks will play a melody on the quarter hours with an hourly strike immediately following the full chime melody at the top of the hour. There are also versions of "Ding Dong" or clocks which strike the quarter hours on two or more bells, rods or gongs and then just the hour count at the top of the hour.

      When you check your clock's measurements, be sure to measure the tallest and widest points of the case.

      Hope that helps.
    9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 8 years ago
      Good morning Kerry! Hopefully that solved it. Hope all is well with you and yours.
    10. Bruce99 Bruce99, 8 years ago
      Did you have any other questions on this clock Peavie? If so, let us know. If not, please indicate that your Mystery is "Solved". Thanks.

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