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"Waterbury" 7" Wind-Up Novelty Clock /French Rococo Design Gilt Metal-White Onyx Base/Circa 1890-1900

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    Posted 5 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    I found this little Waterbury clock sitting on the top of the jewelry case at Goodwill. Didn't have to think twice about snatching it up. It's only 7" tall and the white onyx base is 4" x 2.5". Made out of nice gilt metal it's quite heavy for it's size. A beautiful French rococo design of a young women with birds. The porcelain clock face is a pocket watch size 1.75" in diameter. It was already tightly wound so I figured I would see if I could revive it. Looks like someone else had a try so I figured it couldn't hurt to check it out. Two tiny screws hold the movement to the frame. I tried a bit of clock oil and I did get it to tick a little bit but it really needs a complete overhaul. It wasn't hard to take apart but putting it back together was a pain. The hands would not go back on so I just taped them to the base for safe keeping. They actually hold the dial to the movement until you get it back in the case. The movement has a few patent dates on it. They're stamped into the main spring cover. One is for 1891. They were too small to get good pictures though. I've not been able to find this exact clock online but it seems to fall into Waterbury's novelty clock category. Waterbury would eventually morph into the "Timex Group USA" by 2008. I'm not sure what it's worth or if repairing it is even cost effective. It would be awesome to have it running again though. -Mike-

    Waterbury Clock History
    Courtesy of nationalclockrepair.com

    In 1854 Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley, was known during the nineteenth century as the "Switzerland of America." Waterbury, CT based brass manufacturer Benedict & Burnham created Waterbury Clock Company as a clock-making subsidiary in the advent of brass gears being introduced to clock-making.
    Waterbury Clock Company was legally incorporated on March 27, 1857 as an independent business with $60,000 in capital. Sister company Waterbury Watch manufactured the first inexpensive mechanical pocket watch in 1880. During World War I, Waterbury began making wristwatches, which had only just become popular, and in 1933 it made history by creating the first Mickey Mouse clock under license from Walt Disney, with Mickey's hands pointing the time. This was made under the Ingersoll brand.
    In 1940, the company came under the ownership of Thomas Olsen and Joakim Lehmkuhl and was renamed the Time Corporation in the United States. Watches with the Timex brand name were first used in 1946 with a small shipment of nurses' watches. The "X" suffix "was used to evoke a sense of technological advancement.

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    Comments

    1. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Very cool mike!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thank you Caper :)
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the "love" Bruce :)...it's been a while !
    4. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 5 years ago
      at Goodwill...some relatives need having their brains looked at.
      It's wonderful, well found...
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Anne...my thoughts exactly...who gives something like this away working or not ! So I figured this damsel in distress needed to be rescued. :)....lol
    6. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      Oh the joys of Goodwill et al.!
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Sklo...I find it's usually feast or famine with them though but in this case they surprised me. Salvation Army and Volunteer's of America are my favorite go to places. :)
    8. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 5 years ago
      Another nice find by you! Its beautiful!!
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Ken :)..I really hope that I can get it fixed eventually.
    10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      I believe cost to repair might not exceed value.....but that's a scary issue sometimes. Look at photos appears all intact as far as nothing missing for hand attachment, are hands loose fit or just to tight to replace on shafts?
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      I think they are just press fit Kerry. I was very careful and rocked them off one by one with my finger nail. The hour hand stays in place on it's ring but the minute one seems like it's too big for the shaft now. It won't stay in place. Maybe I lost a tiny ferrule or something but I don't think so. I should have left it alone but I wanted to get pictures of the movement and the face was covering them. I could kick myself...lol.
    12. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
      probably just elongated the hole, when ready to reinstall, put a drop of black enamel model paint inside hole and allow to almost dry, then reinstall
    13. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      What a clever trick ! Thanks for the advice Kerry you're the best ! :)
    14. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      You'd be surprised what comes in the doors of thrift stores. Yesterday I was at one and saw a wind-up mantle clock with key. It wasn't functional at first, but suddenly it came to life after only a minute of checking it out-- the chime went off and it began ticking and it really embarrassed me. LOL.

      Wonderful find. Just as art it would be great.
    15. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks SpiritBear ...yes it is a pretty little thing if even just for it's looks. :)

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