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Posted 7 years ago

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Left to me by my Grandmother, don't know anything about it. Could someone help in year made and value. It has a winder in the back and says Seth Thomas on the clock face in front. It is made of I think bronze or cast iron, very heavy and under 12 inches tall.

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  1. mediatechy, 7 years ago
    Wow that was fast and thank you so much. I have had it since childhood and always wondered about it. Have 2 other clocks that I will post shortly.

    Thanks again:-)
  2. mediatechy, 7 years ago
    I am wondering about restoration for this as it is missing the glass in front of the face, and when I wind it it only ticks when I hold it at an angle. As well as the face is dis-colored
  3. Bruce, 7 years ago
    Seth Thomas made two clocks that are very similar to yours and are only differentiated by their height. The "Jess" circa 1905 is nine inches tall with a base of five and one-half inches. The "Joe", also circa 1905, is exactly the same but is twelve and one-half inches tall with a base measuring seven and three-quarters inches. You state that your clock is under twelve inches so you must have the "Jess". They are under the "Metal Novelty" classification of Mantel Clocks that Seth Thomas produced. Originally it had a one-day movement with a 2-inch porcelain dial. It was finished in Ormolu gold and also in "Art Nouveau Bronze". I have no personal experience with these types of clocks, but from illustrations it looks like they originally had beveled glass, which is expensive to replace. If there is glass, there should be a bezel to hold the glass in place. If that is missing, I wouldn't worry about the glass. Also, it looks like your movement is not mounted straight in the case. It looks like it may be rotated slightly clockwise. That could be why you have to tilt the clock before it will run. As AR8Jason says, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors has an online business directory. It would be hard to go wrong there.


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