Pin barrel for playing musical tunes

Here is a photograph of the timepeice movement with the hands and dial removed. You will notice that there are two holes diagonal on the front plate that should have bolt screws. They are missing and the movement is being held in with short wood screws. This was done because over the years the holes for the bolt screws would strip the threaded holes in the backboard. Thus, the clock movement would not be retained in position to run correctly. The movement will be removed. I will make a new set of bolt screws and repair the back board to retain the new bolt screws.

Graining has been redone as has the tablets that have been painted black with gold leafing. All Howard and Davis tablets  always have a black back ground with gold leafing. The throat tablet will always have a geometric design as the bottom will always have a gold leafed aperture...


         Frederick Wingate

             Augusta Maine,

                   Ca. 1810

The bolt screws have a thread cut and is 

12/ 32" of an inch and are slotted

This is a David Blasdel of Amesbury Massachusetts, 30hr time and strike clock in which the restoration has been completed. This movement is in cased with metal cast pillars and metal bottom & top plates. It is powered by a 12lb. single cast weight which powers the time and the striking of the clock. To this day there are only 33 clocks that are known to have been  made. The movements have been found in original tall clock cases made of pine and were limited. It seems not all were found in cases.

Although this is a beautiful, original timepiece as presented, it will need a full restoration....

Beautiful painted enamel dial with crazing. Untouched signature, original steel hands and 2nd hand.

                        Mitchell & Mott

                            New York

                       Ca. 1790-1809

         david Wood                newburyport           

I have set up my lathe with some brass stock to make the retaining bolt screws. 

  Bolt screws are now replaced and    restoration is complete

Howard & Davis has been tested and completed. It's running on time...

This is a Howard & Davis, Ca. 1840. #3

This clock has had many amateur repairs

as one can see. The original corner glue blocks have been replaced with newer wood,  a good repair, although they should be aged. The baffle cover has cracked because of over sized wood screws and the pendulum stick tie down is missing its clamp and screw. Also the suspension spring and holding block is broken and missing All of the above will be part of the restoration...

                     Rotating lunar phase

   Movement has been disassembled. All      pivots, wheels and plates have been hand    polished. All bushing work has been  completed also.

                Paul Rogers

Berwick Maine Ca. 1800

I will have to re-grain the throat frame and the bottom box frame for the graining has been rubbed through. The case is made of Cherry. The graining is to immatate





The bolt screws are now replaced and the movement is ready to be installed in the case....

     Checking to make sure they will fit      correctly...


Movement and case have now been restored and are in the collectors home.

          Seth Thomas #2

                   Ca. 1900

Nest of bells with half hour bell and hour strike bell

                       Lunar day dial

Bushings are finished and plates are hand polished

This is a Paul Rogers tall clock movement that just recently was restored. As you can see it is an amateur restoration by all means. There is a philip head screw installed where a period slotted screw belongs. A replacement gathering pallet that does not hit the gathering rack teeth correctly.This, which in turn, has slippage with the rack dropping back which keeps the clock striking continuously. Also the gathering pallet shaft is out of alinement and will have to be indexed and centered. A period tall clock should be done by a qualified Clock maker with experience in the field of 18th and 19th century clocks. This clock now has more work that will need correcting, than it may have if it had not been brought to an inexperienced clock maker....

This is a paper faced dial which was used on all Howard & Davis clocks. It has withstood the test of time...

Most clock restorations that come in are of the period types. This is a David Wood tall clock movement Ca. 1820. I will post pictures of the restorations in progress...

Seconds ring with aperture for day of the month...

      Aaron Willard Jr.

                 Ca. 1810

                   Ca. 1810

In for restoration is an early Seth Thomas # 2 in quarter sewn oak. Beautiful original dial...

                John Osgood


                New Hampshire

                      ca. 1800

This is an early example of this low numbered clock movement. The Roman nummerells that are engraved by this clockmaker are XIIII which indicate it was the 14th. movement made.

Restoration of the Osgood clock movement has been completed and is ready for testing

Restoration Completed and ready to be delivered to  John Whisnant, Howard & Davis clock collector....

This is a arched plate, 8 day brass, Time & Strike movement that will need a total restoration

I just stripped the face of the pendulum bob and redid the damaskeening. It will now be refinished...

           david wood

                        Newburyport Mass.

You will notice the punch marks on the minute wheel to the motion wheel. There is a pin in the motion wheel that will raise the lifting arm to engage the striking train right at the 12:00 position which is very rarely seen. Most clockmakers only would scribe a line on these 2 wheels

This movement will be restored to the way it was originally ...

   David Blasdel


     Massachusetts.                CA.1753

Mitchell & Moss movement has been restored and is ready for testing

Movement is now restored and ready to be delivered to the collector...

      WillemJan Bramer

     Ca. 1760 Amsterdam

This clock plays 1 musical tune every hour and half hour and repeats the strike of the hour on the half hour...

For more information about my restorations, please contact me....

William Molyneux was in business Ca. 1820 in London, England. This movement has been restored and is ready to be delivered. However the dial is discolored and the blackwax has deteriorated over the years as is the silvering of the dial. The question that comes up with any antique clock is the condition of the overall clock. The condition of the case, and brass ordements. When the case is distressed restoring the dial can take away from the value of the clock. Thus we would have a restored dial in a case that would need restoration. The two just will not blend together. My suggestion to my client, was to leave the dial as it is and keep it original with the case. Dial restoration is performed all the time. In some cases, we must refrain from doing so. A replaced paper dial as a repainted one will always depreciate for certain, the value of the time piece and or the clock.

      Final stages of of the restoration.

The musical tall clock restoration of the movement has been completed. The clock case will also need restoration work which I will start...

Beautifully Painted dial with raised chapter ring, seconds ring, calendar, thru

aperture,  days of the week of pictorial scenes, rotating phase of the moon and lunar days and musical ring of tunes...

             Howard & Davis

Time only movement restored

The restoration is complete and the Willard is set to be sold

Rogers Tall Clock Restoration now completed. Gathering Rack and pallet Indexed  and completed. Period screw has been replaced removing the philips head screw. This will now be tested and delivered to clock collector, Steph Callahan

Beautiful dial of a John Osgood of Haverhill New Hampshire Ca. 1800. You can read about this clockmaker on page 5 of clock sales

         Beautifully Restored Movement....

     This clock movement will need a full             restoration....

Dial removed to reveal Osborne false plate which was used on most 19th century white dial clocks...

      howard & davis 

              #3 Ca. 1840

         Pin barrel restored and polished

The  bolt screws have been turned to the size of the hole opening on the front plate. They will be tapered at the ends for the holes in the back plate are smaller in diameter 

            William molyneux




This clockmaker shaped this locking lever. Beautiful craftsmanship 

Barely legible, the Howard & Davis stamping....