Russell & Jones Hanging Oak Parlor Clock

September 27, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More

I just overhauled a lovely Russell & Jones hanging oak parlor clock. Height: 28 inches. It has a beautiful glass tablet with an image of a lighthouse. (My repair job no. 4341.)

Russell & Jones Hanging Oak Parlor Clock

Glass of R & J

The movement is 8 day time and strike, with plate size approx. 5-3/8 x 3-3/8

R & J Movement

The original strike mainspring was 0.016 inch thick, it was broken so I replaced it with a Empire 280-19-009 mainspring. The new spring is 3/4 inch wide, 0.0146 inch thick, and 120 inches long. The strike mainwheel has about 10% wear on its teeth. The strike speed is plenty fast enough with this new spring. (Note: I had tried a Merritt’s 3/4x .0155 x 96 inch mainspring, but the striking was WAY too fast).

The original time mainspring was replaced by a previous repairer with a spring that was too strong – 0.0178 inches thick. This strong spring had caused about 50% tooth wear. I installed a Merritt’s Antiques P1496 in the Red and Yellow box. The new spring is 3/4 inch wide, 0.0157 inch thick, and 96 inches long. The pendulum motion is satisfactory and is approximately twice the escape arc. (The movement runs well in spite of the large time mainwheel tooth wear.)

Words on label on back of clock

 

THE BELLE
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EIGHT DAY HALF HOUR STRIKE, CA
THEDRAL GONG AND ALARM
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Manufactured by

Russell & Jones Clock Co., Pittsfield, Mass, U.S.A.

— For —

N. Y. INSTALLMENT CO.

Chicago, Ill.

R & J Label

History of Russell & Jones

With the failure of the Terry Clock Company at Pittsfield, Mass. in 1888, the Pittsfield businessmen who were large investors, particularly brothers Hezekiah S. and Solomon N. Russell and Edward D. G. Jones, took over the operation. These men and their associates had supplied funds to buy, the bankrupt Terry firm at Waterbury, Conn. in 1880 and move it to Massachusetts in the summer of that year. They built a new factory for the operation in 1883.

By January of 1889, the firm’s name had been changed to Russell & Jones Clock Company and a trade catalog was issued with few changes, if any, from the old firm’s line. In 1890, the new firm issued a new catalog with a substantial number of new and unusual models. As far as can be determined, the firm discontinued manufacture and was disbanded in 1893.

(History written by Chris H. Bailey of the American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol, Connecticut)

Time train tooth count

Center wheel: 26 teeth

T2: 60/8 (wheel teeth/pinion wires)

T3: 40/8

T4: 40/7

T5 (escape wheel): 39/7

8277.55 beats per hour


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Last updated: November 27, 2009

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  1. I have this clock. It is in great shape but is missing the top crown. I would like to sell. Please reply. Thanks, Sherry

  2. Jerry says:

    I Just picked up this very same clock today at auction,what is the value , thank you

  3. Jerry says:

    Ihave a Russell & jones hanging parlor like the one you have shown on your sept. 2007 web. The bottom skirt is missing. I have been able to reproduce the front and back skirt from your pictures but can’t tell what the two vertical brackets look like. Would you by chance have a picture of the side view of your clock you could send me? Thanks for your help. Your clock restoration looks great.

  4. I have a clkock you might be interested in you can check it out on craigs list. It is a Terry Regulator , By Russel and Jones Clock Co. vroomgr@wowway.com

  5. Todd boughton says:

    Hi, I have this same Russell & Jones clock. It is not in as good of shape, but in runs just fine. I would like to find out how much it is worth, how would I go about doing this?

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