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Posted 6 years ago

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I would like to find out what the model is and how old it is. On the back plate of the clock works there is a "Made in USA" in a circular pattern with "ST" in the center. Under that is "113 A". These letters and numbers are stamped right into the brass plate. The case is wood with a glass door in front and a wood door in back to access the works and chimes. I have no key and would like to get one.

Dan Paquette
New Hampshire

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  1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    Hello Dan,

    Very nice clock! You have a Seth Thomas "Chime Clock No. 72 - circa 1921. Mahogany case with their highest grade chiming movement...the No. 113, three-train, chiming each quarter-hour and striking the hours on rods. The chime rods should say "Mayland" on their base. These were Seth Thomas' premium, tuned chime rods. I think that your clock takes around a size "12", single-ended winding key. If you have a clock shop nearby, they probably could sell one to you. They are always available on eBay.

    Be careful winding this clock, especially if it hasn't been wound in a long time. It uses very powerful springs and the winding arbors are geared to give you pretty good mechanical advantage so you can really apply a lot of force when turning the key. Be very mindful as you wind and stop when you get strong resistance to further turning. If one of these springs break (particularly the chime mainspring on the right side facing the dial) it can cause some damage.

    While this is an expensive movement to have serviced, it can get *really* expensive to repair. Periodic maintenance is highly recommended.

    On the plus side it's a premium, antique Seth Thomas through and through and it is capable of giving your house a lovely Westminster Chime. These models usually retain their value.

    Lemon Oil and Bees Wax would be a good way to polish and protect the Mahogany Wood. Occasional Dawn Dish Washing Detergent "Suds" on a soft cloth to clean the silvered dial. NOTHING harsh or abrasive.

    Hope that helps solve your mystery. Good luck.

  2. papabigdan, 6 years ago
    Bruce: Thank you so much for the helpful info. I was thinking about selling the clock but have changed my mind thanks to your input.

    I am going to have it tuned up and find a key for it and keep it in my family.
    Thanks again,

    Dan P.
  3. ticktocktime100 ticktocktime100, 6 years ago
    I think your clock is by the german maker Junghans, and seems to date from 1890-1910.
  4. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    Ticktock, why would you say that when the movement is clearly marked as a Seth Thomas?
  5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    As Nathan has stated, by the owner's description of what is on the movement plates, this is definitely a Seth Thomas clock. Besides the obvious, they are the only manufacturer I'm aware of that made the "113" Westminster Chime Movement.
    Granted, there are a lot of similarities between these "Gothic Arch" case styles and dial/faces, but this is a Seth Thomas.

    Look up: http://www.antiqueclockspriceguide.com/manufmodelshow.php?manufacturer=Thomas,_Seth&model=Chime+Clock+No.+72&ordertype=DESC for independent confirmation.

    The silvering on the face of Dan's example looks like it may have been cleaned or altered at some time in the past but this is the Seth Thomas Chime No. 72 Clock. (It also came with a brass, engraved face plate)

    Dan, if you have anymore questions, please let us know. If your mystery has been solved, please indicate that on your listing as well.

  6. papabigdan, 6 years ago
    Okay, thanks everyone for all your help. I will post on the listing that I am going to keep the clock.

    Dan Paquette

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