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    Posted 4 years ago

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    I picked this one up recently. It's a bit temperamental but usually functional. What drew me to it, other than it's aesthetic period (very modern for the time) design on the door was its incorporation of a spider and web with a nice gravestone-shaped 'ginger-bread' case reminiscent of the earlier weight-driven (ogee) clocks. The dark stain and aging to the clock really bring a wonderful 'creepy' aire to it (though I may buy a reproduction face and might go so far as to refinish the case in a lighter stain). As it is, this would look great in the Adams Family house. Hah hah.

    The label is missing, but I found the same door on two other clocks. It appears that William Gilbert's clock company named clocks based on case design, rather than the door. So, with most of the label missing, I couldn't identify it. It appears to have an HD 9/87. I'm not sure if that's an maker's or servicer's initials and date?

    Anyone with access to catalogs able to put a date and name to the clock?

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    1. Lamplover78 Lamplover78, 4 years ago

      I was recently watching a clock vey similar to yours on eBay. I just love your clock. I love the spider web! I don't think you should lighten it any. That shows the age. Great find!
    2. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Lamp Lover, I've been watching this one to approximate a value on mine:

      It's the most similar that I could find. But unlike the linked one, mine also has the spider.
      The interior has a more red stain than my image appears. The exterior has gone dark.
    3. Lamplover78 Lamplover78, 4 years ago
      I've been looking to buy one. So have been looking at e Bay as well. I would love one with the spider. And working would be best. I found one for $50. But not sure if it works. And the lady hasn't made time to meet. But most I've came across is around $100 to $250
    4. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I don't think I've ever paid even 50 for a clock. And I have several-- 6 pre-1930 clocks in my room and several others in the house. Some alarm, some case, some mantle, two wall. I'd estimate this clock to be a 70-dollar clock if I were to sell for full value (in my area, anyway). Consider that when you look at more potential clocks.
      As long as it ticks for a couple minutes, it is like just gunked-up. Any clock would need to be cleaned and properly lubricated before use. So if it doesn't run for even five minutes, you should be okay. Sometimes they'll run for several hours and then stop, as this one did. It likely built the tiny specks of old oil into a larger solid piece of debris in a pinion. It still wants to tick, but it doesn't for long now.
    5. Lamplover78 Lamplover78, 4 years ago
      Yes some of my best collection came from Michigan. I grew up and lived there most my life. I live in New York now. And still browes the Michigan Craigslist before i come back for visits. And thank you for the advice. I would love to get a clock soon.
    6. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      We may not get the top quality nor the first century of American history stuff here, but the amount of Victorian and Edwardian stuff here amazes me. I find 1880s stuff with frequency at thrift stores here (though mainly plates and books). As for the clock in the link I posted, it went for above my expectations (sold for 200.) Too bad mine is less ornate and so stained. It would seem worth buying a $2 replacement face for it if it increases aesthetics. Lol.

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