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Posted 5 years ago


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Picked this up about 10 years ago and now have a mountain cabin so I think it will be the perfect clock to fit the wooded area, It still has the paper label in it but I'm having a little trouble because right where the model name is of course it's worn and I can't make it out it says Forest ? something? the patent date on the label is what looks to be 1813 the reverse painted red headed woodpecker as well as the rest of the clock is in great shape, so if anyone can help me out filling in the unknowns I'd appreciate it.

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  1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago
    These clock are commonly referred to as "School House" clocks. They are more formally known as Long Drop Octagons. Some manufacturers also referred to them as "Regulators" but that was more of a marketing name although they can be quite accurate time keepers. Sessions had a fair number of these types of clocks in their catalogs, mostly from the early 1900s. I believe your clock was called the "Woody"..... hahahahaaaa-ha. Just kidding! You may remember the Woody Woodpecker Show. :) Could you please add a couple of well lit photos showing the case detail along with case dimensions? The tallest, widest and deepest measurements (including decorative molding) if possible. Thanks.
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Bruce are you going to be on for awhile?
  3. schallerpen schallerpen, 5 years ago
    Bruce99 I'll get to it a bit later today and get it posted,Thanks
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago
    Hey Kerry. I just saw your post. I can't seem much detail on your clock. I'll look for your photos once you get a chance to clean it up and show more detail, but I know I've never run across one quite like it before.

    Schallerpen, okay. I usually drop by every couple of days or so. Nice clock! I think it will be perfect in your cabin.
  5. schallerpen schallerpen, 5 years ago
    Bruce99 Ok I took some I hope better pics the width of the octagon is 14" the height of the clock is 26" the depth of the clock is 4 1/2 " the dial is 10" the drop of the case is 12" the width of the drop case is 9" I realize this says a sessions but I know he didn't take over the Co until the early 1900's so I'm wondering if it could possibly be a welch case. Thanks
  6. schallerpen schallerpen, 5 years ago
    Bruce99 also that on the outer edge of the octagon it appears to be a bit lighter wood where it looks as if the molding has shifted this is and was actually gold paint that used to go around the border of the octagon.
  7. schallerpen schallerpen, 5 years ago
    Thanks officialfuel, kerry10456, mustantony.
  8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago
    All of the Sessions long drop octagons in my reference material show a 12" dial and other dimensions which don't match yours. Only a couple of their short drop octagons have a 10" dial. I haven't started collection Welch Clocks and do not have any materials on them. If you don't get definitive info here, you might try posting your clock and photos on the NAWCC message board under General - Clocks. You'll need to register, but it's free for most areas of the Message Board. (Value discussions require a subscription of Membership in the NAWCC) See:

    Good luck.
  9. schallerpen schallerpen, 5 years ago
    Bruce99 I guess the only conclusion is it's a SWELCH Woody model I have nothing on Welch either but i'm thinking maybe this was during the transition of the company being bought by sessions and possibly using welch left over stock, confusing, Thanks Dave
  10. schallerpen schallerpen, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love toolate2 still really haven't figured out what we got here.

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