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Posted 6 years ago


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First picture is the clock. On the face it says ELM CITY ELECTRIC. It looks and feels like real wood.

Second picture bottom of clock says Gothic Electric 110 Volts A.C. 60 Cycles: for use on Alternating current only. Positively do not plug in on direct current. The New Haven Clock Co. New Haven Conn. U.S.A.

Third picture shows the back, the back door swings open. It has 2 little hindges, and a little round wood nob for the handle.

The Fourth picture is of the sticker in side on the door.Says New Haven-westinghouse electric clocks, with patent numbers, but can't read as you can see, it has been torn.

I have no idea how old this clock is, or can date it. It came from my grandparents when they passed away.
Can someone please help me find more info on this very special clock.
I have had it running, but it only runs a few hours, the moter works.

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  1. John Silva, 6 years ago
    I just bought one like it on e-bay.
    It is in pretty good shape but the cord was ripped off it looks like the wires went to the coil. The number on it is ACME C5946.
  2. Doug, 6 years ago
    Your clock was made around 1925 to 1930.
    The thin style rotor in the motor is the mark of an earlier movement. Later movements used a different rotor with more torque.

    As these clocks gets some wear and the pivot holes get a bit out of round, they will often stall after a few hours of running. A good cleaning of the movement and oiling with actual clock oil may make it reliable. Otherwise, pivot holes will have to be rebushed, etc. The later movements with higher torque are less fussy.

    The New Haven clock Company made the actual movement and the rest of the clock but bought the rotor and coils from Westinghouse Electric.

    The New Haven Clock Company was once the world's largest clock maker. It was in business from around 1875 to 1960, with predecessor companies that went back even further in time. The factory buildings still exist in New Haven, CT but they are either abandoned or rented out to small businesses, typical of many old industrial sites.

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