The Waterbury Clock Company's No. 29 Double Dial Calendar model wall clock in Walnut. 221162

This maybe the most difficult Waterbury double dial calendar clock model to find? To our knowledge, this is the only one that has been recorded with its original parts. This is the very clock that is pictured on the cover and on page 650 of Tran Duy Ly’s WATERBURY CLOCKS & WATCHES 2nd Edition – Volume 2.

This walnut cased wall clock was made by the Waterbury Clock Company of Waterbury, Connecticut circa 1899-1900 and originally sold for $18.00. This model is based on Waterbury’s "Freeport" model wall clock. This example here is cased in walnut and and it retains and excellent original finish with areas of light crazing. The surface is stabile and in very good original condition. (This model was also originally offered in oak.) The case features a number of interesting designs including applied floral carvings, applied rosettes, applied gingerbread moldings and inscribed decorations. The front of the case is fitted with a large glass door. Open this and one gains access to both of the clock dials and also the pendulum.

The two 10 inch diameter dials are painted on a tin pan that are trimmed with brass bezels. The time dial is formatted with a closed minute ring and large Roman style numeral hour numerals. The Maker’s information is located below the minute ring under the hour of VI. It reads, "MANUFACTURED BY THE WATERBURY CLOCK CO. U. S. A." An inner brass ring frames the interior of the time ring. Two spade shaped steel hands indicate the time. The Waterbury logo is positioned under the hour numeral XII. The lower dial is a calendar dial. Four screws mount through the dial to support the perpetual calendar movement. The month and day of the week are printed on rolls behind the dial. The appropriate day and month are displayed through the slotted windows in the dial. Both rolls are original to this clock. Arabic style numerals are for the calendar date. A simple steel hand is used as a pointer. The company name, the company logo and that patent date for the calendar are also painted in this dial.

The brass constructed movement is spring driven and designed to run eight-days on a full winding. This movement requires two coil drive springs. The one on the right powers the time train. The spring on the left powers the strike train. The strike train is designed with a count-wheel. This clock strikes the hour on the hour and once at each half hour on a coil wire gong that is mounted to the backboard inside the case. A wooden pendulum rod supports a brass bob. This is mounted behind the works. Inside the clock, mounted to the back of the case, one will find the porcelain swing indicator.

Two of the Clockmaker’s labels are located pasted to the backboard. The larger one is the directions for operating this clock. The smaller label below it is advertising the model number. A third company label is pasted inside the case.

This excellent example measures approximately 45.25 inches long and 18 inches wide. This clock is inventory number 221162.


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