Friday, December 31, 2010
A dirty clock of old......
My dad had rescued this clock from an old Victorian house that he tore down 35 years ago. He stored it in an old burlap bag in the attic of his garage. I stumbled onto it while cleaning out the attic of the building. You can see here that it is covered with years of dirt. the bottom window in the door is still in tack but the top one is missing.
I should not have used water but I didn't have any other ideas to get it cleaned. Here is the front of the clock after it had been washed down with soap and warm water. The veneer is not all there and I knocked of just a little of it with the washing.
This is the back side of the mechanical parts of this clock. The case shows evidence of the weights that hung down below the box. I will share more about that in another blog.
I took this to show how dirty it was and also the metal bracket part that probably held the sound piece to it. It must have chimed or gonged or sounded on the hour I am assuming.
There was a paper backing on the inner wall of the clock and I did have to wash this piece but most of the paper was already gone. The well stuck pieces survived my cleaning.
Here is the partial part of the directions.
This was in three parts and I have placed it into position to show what it originally must have looked like.
Metal clock face is totally gone. One can barely see the numbers on it. White backing with black Roman numerals.
I am declaring it a SETH THOMAS clock and have yet to figure out the rest. Can you see the eth and parts that give me clues that is say Thomas. I am open to anyone who wants to help me figure the rest of it meaning. The location of the company is printed there partially.
I don't have a clue what will happen to this piece but I will develop something from it. I have yet to look up this clock on the internet but I have seen clocks like this before, but they were run by a spring. You had to wind it daily or every two days.
This seems to be a daunting project. I could just turn it into a hanging cupboard but I will do some more work with it to see what I can do to make it into something useful.
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