Here’s a very unusual looking clock that I just repaired. It is about 17 inches tall, with a china case and cast metal base and top ornament. It is styled like a urn or vase with a clock in it. The movement was made by New Haven Clock Company, and it was cased and sold by F. Kroeber Clock Co. It has an enamel dial with visible escapement. Here’s the finished clock. It was made around 1898.
F. Kroeber bought cases and movements from various sources and sold completed clocks. He sold some interesting and unusual clocks from the mid to late 1800s.
Here is how it looked before repair:
Job 7889. I polished the pivots, installed 15 bushings and tightened the clicks. In the past, someone had stripped the gold finish from the top and base. I applied “Grecian Gold” Rub ‘n Buff to make it look good again. This movement is unusual by being smaller than normal for an American antique clock movement, and having narrower mainsprings. The mainspring dimensions are:
Time mainspring: 5/8 inches wide by 0.0146 inch thick
Strike mainspring: 1/2 inch wide by 0.017 inch thick
Here’s a page from the book “Kroeber Clocks” by Tran Duy Ly showing a clock that looks the same except for the top:
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