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Posted 7 years ago

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This is a vintage " THE PLYMOUTH CLOCK" made in Thomaston, Conn. This has what I believe is the original key and pendulum. Looks and works great makes beautiful chimes. I was hoping to find out who it was made by and the age ,value etc... On the back door of the clock the picture wouldnt download it says N0. 4300,4500 and 4600 series 8-day Pendulum strike movements in Tambour cases. Than goes on with directions. On the movement there is a 38-8 or 3. This is about 20in in long and 9in tall. Any info would help... Thanks

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  1. BBclock, 5 years ago
    Plymouth Clock was a division of Seth Thomas. Most were made during the1930,s. Yours, with the 38 8 marking was made in August 1938. Depending on condition, most sellers would probably ask $100 to $175. When serviced every 3 to 5 years they are very reliable & will last a lifetime. Treasure & enjoy. BB
  2. jtm, 3 years ago
    I have the same clock with 1702 stamped on the movement. What can you tell me?
  3. jtm, 3 years ago
    Mine is the same clock, same mfgr. Mine says 1703 on the clock movement. What can you tell me about it?
  4. motoxdude, 3 years ago
    Your clock here uses the 4000 series which was produced to replace the costlier Seth Thomas 89 movement in the late 1930s. The 89's had the Fast Slow more towards the center of the dial below the center, the 4000's had it above "12". The 4000 series (like the 89) had the hour/half hour strike OR had the quarter hour "bim-bam" strike option (a dollar or more for the bim-bam back then vs. the half/hour striking ones). The 4 digit model designations varied on the 4000 series movements and usually designated the distance of the strike hammers from the movement (different size cases so different lengths required to fit this movement into them), and sometimes the lengths of the winding arbors and hand shafts varied as well. Basically the 4 digit model code (4506, 4503, etc) had this info, as well as whether the clock struck on the half/hour or quarterly.
  5. motoxdude, 2 years ago
    Great clocks and yours uses the 4000 series movement which replaced the costlier Seth Thomas 89 around the mid to late 1930's. If you plan on using this clock for the long-term be sure to have it cleaned and lubricated ever 5-6 years as they had mainsprings that were quite strong and caused a lot of wear in the bushings. Keeping them clean and oiled will make the last a lot longer without requiring new bushings. Another "trick" was to remove the mainsprings and replace them with slightly less powerful ones. The clocks generally ran fine like this and the weaker springs were still able to power the clocks adequately. But again note that when the clocks became dirty over time, the friction would often cause them to stop a bit sooner with the weaker springs. But in reality that was a blessing, as it signaled a cleaning/oiling being required, thus effectively extending the life of the clock by lessening the wear! Think of a clock stopping from friction as a sort-of Idiot Light or "Service Required" light on a car dashboard... Clean me now so I don't self-destruct!

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