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Posted 6 years ago

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I'm sorry I was late putting up these pics. I had to go to night shift and I have been too tired to mess with anything extra. I hope the photos are good enough; it's kind of hard to photograph glass without getting glare or shadows. By the way the jeweler who cleaned the clock called it a "kitchen clock" and said they were actually usually placed in the kitchen. I think it is a tall clock for a kitchen but its funny, I could find no open shelf/area to place it and finally found the only place it "fit" (due to the height and need for accesibility to wind it), was on the bar in my kitchen. I was able visit the old home Grandmom Corrie lived in and the kitchen was unbelievably small. But my mother remembers it as "big". I really could not envision this clock in that kitchen. It gave me goosebumps to be somewhere this ancester lived. I have always felt a great love for my grandmother (Malona) and was particularly interested in her mother. She pulled out an old "photo" of her to show me, then let me take it home to do a portrait from it (I am an artist). As I was coming down the hall I was walking toward a mirror with the picture facing away from me. My heart "jumped" because as it was clear we looked very much alike. I never thought I looked like anyone in my family and finally I found that I do. I was 16 at the time. The picture was taken around 1883-1887. Today, I think that is another reason I love this clock.


  1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    Hi, nice clock. Thanks for sharing it and your family background surrounding it.
    They're also called "Gingerbread Clocks", Seth Thomas had some "City Clocks" kind of in this style, Sessions had many models in this style which were referred to as wood case mantel, or shelf clocks. Your clock model is called a Sessions "Assortment 'A' No. 3" and it is from circa 1903. There was one posted about nine months ago which had some recent posts. See:
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/21417-antique-sessions-gingerbread-clock for some of the details.
  2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    That's right, it was "disabilityguy's" clock that you recognized and brought up for discussion.
  3. disabilityguy, 6 years ago
    Very nice, the gold alarm dial in the middle of the face is the only difference on ours here. Ours is also not 100% original (gasp!) as the screws that hold the movement at the top have been "temporarily" replaced with anchor bolts of the same diameter. There is also a fix that happened at some point with one of the pieces on the upper right and the pattern is interrupted at that point. I don't want to reinforce or replace the back panel just yet but will have to eventually.
    Little did I know the true age or appreciate this clock when I moved it rather carelessly from my mother-in-law's house, just placed in laying down on the front seat of the moving van (eesh!).
    Thanks for the background and the photos and best of luck!
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    I think that these clocks with alarms might have been of more use in the Kitchen to help monitor cook times but that's just supposition on my part. They are both nice examples.
  5. lyn309, 6 years ago
    Thanks to each of you for giving me so much info on the clock. I'm sitting here listening to it's movement as I write this, and enjoying knowing more historical details about it. Thanks again!
  6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    You're welcome Lyn309

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