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 is a Seth Thomas Shelf clock. It runs for eight days, is chime and strike, and dates from the 1890s.
Seth Thomas Eight Day Shelf clock 1890’s
In most cases, this would be considered a mantel clock. The term ‘shelf clock’ is not commonly used, often associated with early nineteenth century American clocks from New England. However, I tend to refer to clocks with a more vertical nature as shelf clocks to distinguish them from the traditional parabolic mantel clocks. And I dislike the term ‘table clock.’
American clocks are rare in our collection, but any respectable clock collector in the United States is going to have a Seth Thomas or two. The Seth Thomas company innovated the mass production of clocks in the nineteenth century. However, Seth Thomas clocks were well built and maintain a quality and reliability above the average mass produced American clock dating from the same era.
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.
When I first saw this Bradley Woodworks clock at a local auction, I passed it up assuming that it was just another Chinese 31 day import of low quality…the ones you must avoid!
However, I soon noticed that it had only one winding arbor and that prompted me to inspect further.
I was surprised to find a very high quality reproduction clock from a maker based in Canada, Bradley Woodworks. Needless to say, I ended up purchasing the clock later that evening.
I now have the clock on my living room wall. I have a couple of original Seth Thomas World Regulators and I can say without doubt that the cabinet work on this repro is every bit as good as the originals. With that said, the movement is totally different. This clock had a time-only 8 day Hermle movement with a main spring contained in a barrel. The originals used a time and strike movement with open main springs. The quality of the newer movement is extremely good.