Here is a Birge, Peck & Co. 8 day OG shelf clock I repaired recently.
Birge, Peck & Co. was in business from 1849 – 1859. The backboard label says at the bottom: “Press of Elihu Geer, 1 State Street, Hartford”. Elihu Geer was at 1 State Street from 1847 – 1849. Thus, we can date the clock to 1849.
The dimensions of this clock are 29 1/2 inches tall, 17 1/16 inches wide, and 4 3/16 inches deep. The dial’s inner ring of the minute track is 8 13/16 inches diameter. The outer ring’s diameter is 9 7/32 inches. Minute hand length 3 7/8 inches. Strike weight 6 pounds 12.8 ounces. Time weight: 8 pounds 5.6 ounces.
The dial is original but appears to be coated with varnish, making it yellow. The chapter ring looks too large for the case, it was painted that way for an unknown reason.
See my post Birge, Peck & Co. Eight-Day Column and Cornice Weight Clock for more history of Birge, Peck clocks.
The movements of Birge, Peck and related clocks have “Rolling Pinions.” In most American antique clocks, the pinions (small gears) have fixed steel wires. Birge clock pinion wires have pivots on the ends, and they rotate in the brass shrouds. A previous clock repaired hammered the ends of the wires of one pinion so they wouldn’t rotate, so I made new ones. I also made a new shroud, as the previous repaired had made a new one with the holes out of alignment.
Repair job 6755. I polished the pivots, installed 13 bushings and rebuilt one pinion.
My customer remembered seeing this clock in her grandma’s house when she was a little girl. In later years, it disappeared. Recently, she and her husband found it in a relative’s shed, about to be trashed.
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