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William L Gilbert Clock Mantle "Steamer #46" Winged Lion - Jewel No 11

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Gilbert Clocks27 of 54gilbert clock face says gilbert 1807Wm L Gilbert clock co Winsted Conn u.s.a. no 426
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Posted 6 years ago

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I think I got the title right!!

Was trying to determine if this clock case would be of any use to anyone in the state it's in - minus the clock? Do you think this is something a clock enthusiast would like for a project? It still has the metal coil at the back which I can pull on and it makes a dong!

The reason I ask is because it would double as an awesome religious altar. I popped Jesus in there in the meantime - but I wouldn't want to transform this piece before checking if any clock enthusiasts would tell me off!!! :-)

Would love to hear what you think the fate of this should be.


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Oh, I think it is magnificent. My mouth was open as I followed it's form, carving and patina. Oh, I'd use it as an 'altar' or other showcase for your treasured items. Magnificent case!!! And I like very much what you've done with it. Myself, I'd not mess with the patina.
  2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    It's a nice case. In order for the clock to be properly restored it would need quite a few "appropriate" parts that will be difficult to come by. It might also serve as a donor to a more complete clock. At this point I think it's pretty far gone.

    What would you do to "transform" it? Anything irreversible? The original finish would be important to clock collectors.

    I like the "Lion/Lamb" theme you have going with your Jesus figure.
    A Gilbert collector may strongly disagree, but I agree miKKoChristmas11's opinion. Go for it, but leave the finish. If you want to preserve what remains of the original case, swap out the glass panel and save the original. You could also simply remove the door and store it away along with the little hinge screws.

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing it.
  3. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Hi Bruce and miKKo - thank you for your input! Yes I agree - I would leave it intact - patina and door and just full up the inside - maybe continue the inside black to cover the back wall.

    Thank you Bruce for the technicial advice about what would be needed to restore it - gives me a better idea of enthusiasts view of what they could take on!

    I think I will go for it - because I love the look of the pressed carving of the Lion.

    Thank you both :-)
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    You're very welcome flowerrose! Yes, it would need the appropriate movement with pendulum, dial and hands to restore the clock. Of course, it wouldn't be original but if it were still all appropriate, collectors would probably still be interested in it. Some folks use more modern movements and place them in old cases. There's still a market for what is basically a new clock in an antique case, but the clock would not be nearly as valuable.

    What you're talking about doing sounds great! Enjoy and thanks again for sharing! :)
  5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Hi, flowerrose. You're so welcome! Thanks for sharing this GREAT piece!

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