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your newhaven clock
by: paul richardson

Hi, I have just seen your request for information regarding your old clock, whilst i was researching information on an almost identical clock which I have. I have not been able to find any information on my clock so far, and thought I would enquire as to whether you have been more successful in your search.

kind regards


you have a "Waterfall " clock
by: Gordon McKone

I own a near identical clock, except for two rolls across the front, which give it the Waterfall nickname. I can tell you the works were
New Haven, but the case was made in London England. The inlay work was done by Italian marquetry craftsmen working in London. My clock was totally overhauled, and will keep perfect time if kept levelled on the wall. Everything is as u describe from the wooden hand carved pins holding the face etc. The hour hand does not have the large circle which yours has.
History: I believe it was aquired circa 1869 in Glasgow Scotland. Went to South Africa, then came to Canada with the owner, who was an uncle.
Certainly the time period is as indicated, and not earlier. It strikes the hour only, a very mellow chime. The door hinge mechanism is not very strong, considering the weight of the glass, and has been repaired.
I inherited the clock which has been in my family since 1904 to which I can attest, prior to that my late uncle owned it. It is in daily use.

Wall Clock
by: Gordon McKone

Your clock is similar to mine. Whereas u have an octagonal face, ( the forerunner of the regulator clocks which followed) mine is round. The clock was called a Waterfall due to the way the case front ripples downward. My clock has two rolls, whereas yours has one. The clock I have strikes the half hour also, and I understand that the inlays were done in London England by Italian workmen, and the movements were shipped there for installation. The wooden surround of the face is held on with hand hewn wood pegs (2).
The date of the clock is about 1879, and I have had mine overhauled and bearings replaced etc. It keeps perfect time, runs for 8 days, and has a very delightful sounding of the hour and half hour. This is accomplished by a lead weight striking a flat circular wire which is wound in a flat coil. The clock has been passed down in the family and was purchased in Glasgow Scotland about the year indicated. Later it was brought to Canada after a brief sojourn in South Africa.
I can tell you that it had run daily from 1904 until 1950. It was stored then, until 1968 when it was placed in service again, undergoing the overhaul in 2005. A Picture accompanies my write-up which is posted on this website.

Thanks for the info
by: Michael

Thanks, gentlemen, for the info on this fine old Waterfall clock and on your versions of the clock. I am guessing that mine is a bit of an earlier version than yours, with your double scrolls instead of just the one as on mine. Also mine strikes only on the hour, and the lead hammer strikes a very large silver bell rather than the coiled gong wire which I am guessing was on the later clocks. Anyway, it is one of my favorite clocks in my collection, and it keeps perfect time even after some 140 years now. Again, I really appreciate your help and info. Thanks so much. Michael.

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