Here’s a very old OG shelf clock by Birge, Mallory & Co. This company made clocks from December 14, 1837 to November 24, 1843. The movement is 8-day weight driven. The case is 32 3/8 inches tall and 17 15/16 inches wide. The dial’s minute track is 9 1/8 inches outside diameter, and the minute hand is 4 11/16 inches long.
The dial is beautiful and all-original. The picture in the door is a replacement placed behind the glass.
This movement has rolling pinions and large gears. The mainwheels are 4 inches in diameter!
Birge, Mallory was one of a series of clock companies in Bristol, Connecticut. The companies in the series include:
C. & L. C. Ives; January 27, 1830 – 1838;
John Birge and Birge & Ives; March 22, 1831 – July 31, 1833;
Birge, Case & Co.; July 31, 1833 – May 12, 1835;
Birge, Gilbert & Co.; May 12, 1835 – June 1, 1835;
Birge & Gilbert; June 1, 1835 – December 14, 1837;
Birge, Mallory & Co.; December 14, 1837 – November 24, 1843;
Birge & Fuller, November 24, 1843 – February 5, 1848;
John Birge and John Birge & Co.; February 5, 1848 – February 14, 1849;
Birge Peck & Co.; February 14, 1849 – 1859
For excellent history of these companies and their clocks, see The Contributions of Joseph Ives to Connecticut Clock Technology 1810 – 1862, by Kenneth D. Roberts, Revised Second edition, Bond Press, Hartford, Connecticut, 1988. The above list came from that book.
Repair job 6272. I polished the pivots and installed one bushing, polished the entrance pallet, replaced the suspension spring. I was pleasantly surprised that it needed only 1 bushing.
The hardest part of the repair was replacing the strike weight pulley at the top of the case. I removed the case backboard to access the pulley arbor. The pulleys are wood, and the strike pulley had a soft spot, causing one side of the hole to wear, making the pulley tilt.
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