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Novelty Clock

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, April, 1942

Novelty Clock 


This little eye-catcher of superb workmanship stands eleven inches high upon a black cast iron base, which in turn is mounted on a subbase of three-quarter inch thick black marble eleven inches long by five and one-half inches wide. It weighs twenty-two pounds and IS French made. 
The trimmings are bright brass, the piping and pet-cocks are copper, the governor is nickel and the fly wheel, three and one-half inches in diameter is black. The boiler is heavy quadruple plate. silver and has the right end removable to give access for winding the spring that drives the little engine (no connection with the clock) see fig. 3.

This mechanism is similar to that usually found in music boxes; is governed by a worm driven fan-fly, cranks the little engine through a about twenty hours with one winding, front and back views Fig. 3 and Fig. 4.

The clock movement - eight day French with well made cylinder escapement - is slightly less than two and one-quarter inches in diameter, strikes the hours and halves on a small silver bell. Front and back views Fig. 5 and Fig. 6. The name on the silvered dial is almost obliterated, but appears to have been "Clements Ha1iebush", "Cincinnati." The glass tube of the water gauge is a thermometer, calibrated for both Fahrenheit and Centigrade. On the right and matching the clock is an Aneriod type barometer. 

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