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Posted 6 years ago


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I bought this wooden Hammond Gregory on Ebay, is supposedly came out of an estate sale. I did a double take, the case is wood, and is a perfect match to the BakeLite Hammond Gregorys. It has the movement of a black BakeLite Gregory in it. It didn't break the bank, I won it at a quite reasonable price.

The rotor was in bad shape, so I boiled it, drained it, and re-filled it with clock oil and re-soidered the two holes I made in it, I runs beautifully, no noise. The day of the week and date feature work also. I replaced the cord and plug, sanded and re-stained the case which was in pretty bad shape (see picture 4).

Now the problem is did Hammond make it? If they didn't someone took a lot of time and effort to replicate the case in wood. There is another wooden clock that I know of made by Lawson, it is a wooden New Yorker and it is a perfect match to the bronze and brass New Yorker. I am wondering if this clock and the New Yorker are prototypes of the marketed clocks. This case is really to well made.

Maybe I will get the PBS History Detectives on it's case (pardon the pun). It is truly amazing.


  1. ejyland, 5 years ago
    I've never seen the wooden version of this clock anywhere, only the brown and black Bakelite version. I have been looking for a good source of information re: the history of Hammond clocks. There are a few websites with pictures and names of the various clocks, but I've not been able to find much detailed information. What a great clock!
  2. rlwindle rlwindle, 5 years ago
    I did a double take myself when I saw what it was. I have both BakeLite Walnut and Black Gregories, but a wooden one? I had to have it, so I bought it. Chris Wetzel of Hoags Clock Shop in Cleveland OH since 1925 verified that it was a wooden Gregory, he said he remember working on Wooden ones. So the do exist and they are even rarer than the Black Gregories.
  3. rlwindle rlwindle, 5 years ago
    Follow this link to find out about Laurens Hammond and his clocks, he was quite a character.

  4. ejyland, 5 years ago
    thanks for the link Russ! What an interesting account of Hammond's early history.

  5. rlwindle rlwindle, 5 years ago
    Laurens Hammond didn't mention his association with Whitehall, Whitehall designed the opulent marble, granite, and oynx cases for the clocks that you and I have. They started this business in 1928, the depression hit in 1929, and by 1933, no one could afford the Whitehall Hammond clocks, so the partnership dissolved. Hammond released a few more marble clocks then concentrated on wooden, bakelite, and metal clocks. Later he made the movements for Herman Miller's clocks which are masterpieces of design, and are very expensive.
  6. rlwindle rlwindle, 5 years ago
    For a look at a lot of Hammond, and Whitehall Hammond clocks, follow the link
    On the splash page scroll down to the Clocks section, the splash page opens with Buy Organ CDs Here, but it you scoll down you will see the clocks section.
  7. rlwindle rlwindle, 5 years ago
    On the clocks page, select the Oynx link, yours is 31 on this onyx page.

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