French Vedette clock or box clock.
French Vedette Box Clock. 1920’s.
I have two clocks of this type in my collection. They are both well-made clocks with high quality robust movements. These are not the most attractive clocks to collect. However, they are, by far, two of the best sounding chiming clocks in my collection. They both have the best quality chime rods and when the hammers are set at optimum height the chime and strike sound quality is very good indeed.
Repairing Vedette Clock Springs
I recall that one of the mainsprings had broken on this clock and upon disassembly, I found that the spring had broken at the ‘hole-end’ about 3 inches from the end. As such, I was able to salvage the spring by un-tempering the end and re-fabricating a new hole. Then, after cleaning and oiling, I could refit the original spring.
I’m not sure exactly who made this store regulator calendar clock (possibly Waterbury). I write often that I don’t have many American clocks in my collection, but as I document them, I find I have far more than I realized!
Store Regulator with Calendar. ca 1880.
I have two calendar clocks in my collection and I am hoping to add a double dial clock to my collection eventually. This clock is in fair condition. It was the first calendar movement I worked on. It is a simple modification driven from the hour tube.
Many of these clocks have permanent advertisements on the glass, this one has clips around the inside of the glass door indicating that this model used replaceable paper advertisements posted on the inside of the glass….I wish I had some of those old posters.
This is my Seth Thomas world clock. It is a 15-day long drop clock.
Seth Thomas Long Drop
The case is rosewood and is in especially good condition. The dial has been professionally restored by ‘The Dial House’. I cleaned the movement, without dismantling it because it appeared to be in good working order.
Some times I will clean open spring clock movements without dismantling them. Perfectionists will never do this because you obviously can’t do a perfect job without taking the movement apart. Sometimes the old adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ creeps into my world of horology!
This wall clock has a case that is in exceptional condition. Ansonia wall clocks are not common in our collection, but this common design is likeable. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the movement. When I first wound the clock , I was surprised to find that it worked, but the chiming was very erratic. Upon inspection, I found that the movement had been modified and the count wheel had been removed and replaced with a strange wheel with pins added that activated the striking hammer.
Ansonia Oak Regulator Wall Clock B. ca 1890.
I don’t have much info on this E.N. Welch Clock , but my best guess is that it dates from the late 1800’s.
Gallery Clock. 1800’s.
When this one strikes the hour, the sound of the gong is almost drowned out by the noise of the gears clattering as they spin. . . Terrible bloody racket!
The clock is American. You can find an in depth write up about the history of this clock company with the Antique Clock Guys. Other sites will direct you to a history of the New Haven Clock Company which is not accurate. We have a couple of New Haven clocks in our collection; they are much nicer than this one.
I had to replace the face on this Waterbury Clock because the original was beyond repair.
Waterbury Clock. Store Regulator. Late 1800’s.
I used a paper face replacement. The clock is a typical store advertising clock.
Some of these clocks have product names printed on the glass. These were mass produced clocks. As such, the cases and movements are obviously of a much lesser quality than, say, office or school house regulators.
The term ‘advertising clock’ is not germane to this make and model of clock as advertising clocks have been produced throughout the ages in all shapes and sizes. This is a more traditional store clock that may have some sort of advertising on the class. In this case, the generic horological term ‘regulator’ appears.
This French IROD Clock is a two-chime wall clock from the 1920’s. Very art deco, isn’t it?
French IROD Two Chime Wall Clock
This was the first Westminster chime clock I dismantled. The movement is one of the best designed I have seen for a vintage Westminster chime clock.
Separated Movement Plates
The movement plates are separated into three separate plates enabling one to dismantle each train individually. For instance, if one wished to work on the strike train, you would only have to remove the plate that retains the wheels for that particular train. A brilliant concept.
This is an American clock that belonged to a British company located in Bombay. One thing’s for sure: clock collecting is an international endeavor! A Seth Thomas Gallery Clock. Mid 1800’s. As with many of my clocks, I often wonder about their history. This one has an embossed metal plate attached to the face ‘West End Watch Company Bombay, Calcutta’ .
Seth Thomas Gallery Clock
British Colonial Rule
The West End is synonymous with the theater district of London and certainly, this clock is a specimen of British colonial rule of India. This clock came home to retire; I purchased it at an auction in the US where it was originally manufactured. You can hear the gears grinding and clattering louder that the chimes when it strikes.
I recently purchased a quite rare, older fusee wall clock from a National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) mart. It is a Tameside fusee clock. (I have previously written about this clock in this post: Fusee II – Electric Bugaloo.)
This particular clock was featured in a NAWCC bulletin a couple of years ago. The clock was in desperate need of restoration as it did not appear to have run in many years. The face was acceptable. The movement, on the other hand, needed a complete restoration. I renewed several bushings and drew out the escapement wheel teeth.
Sometimes, it’s the simplest clocks that bring the most pleasure. This fusee English wall clock hangs in our kitchen and is a precise time keeper. No clues as to its origins, but it’s fusee through and through.
This dial came to us in perfect condition. Never recondition original parts, even dials, if they arrive to you this way. However, faces often suffer the most over the years and if you find one that is so flaked as to be unreadable, there are professional restorers who can help you out.