Antique 1880's Seth Thomas 8-day Ships Wall Deck Clock Oak Case Uss Wachusett For Sale
Antique 1880's Seth Thomas 8-day Ships Wall Deck Clock Oak Case
Believed to have been salvaged from the USS Wachusett when it was finally decommissioned in 1885.
Has the twin barrel Seth Thomas model 10 Movement for 8-days of run time - this dates it to no earlier than 1880 when they started making this movement, this corresponds to its history after its next to last refit- Time only - it does not have ships bells
Oak Case appears to have been laquered within the last 50 years or so.
Original dial and antique key which also appears original.
Has a seconds bit on top part of the dial.
Case has supports on top and bottom to prevent rocking with the ship movements
8 inches in diameter with a 6 inch dial
Movement was hand cleaned and oiled
Brasskeyhole trim piece is missing from the right side dial hole
When servicing the clock I noticed that there was apencil mark on the inside of the case that says "1885 Wachusette CWPhilip" The name Wachusett is mis-spelled - with an e added (this suggsts that the writer may have been of French descent where words often end in -ette). From the internet I discovered that the ship was decommisioned out of naval servicein 1885 and sold in 1887 as a commercial vessel. The last naval captain was John Woodward Philip ( that means the CW should actually be a JW).
From the errorsI assume that the note was written by either an original salvager or someone after the fact who wanted to document where it came from, with some errors in his knowledge - hence the errors in the notation.
The Wachusett was a wooden sloop fittedwith nine guns (including a turretted cannon)by the Union side during the civil war. It participated in the blockades of Confederate ports during the war. The last photo is a rendering of the ship I found on-line
NOTE: I cannot authenticate the notations in the clock casebut it does appear to have the general facts right - although ithas thoseerrors mentioned above.
Works perfectly, a really nice clock with a chance of havinghistorical importance
Clock has been tested for a one-week period prior to being first listed - It will be retested for another 24-hour period right before being shipped. To the best of my ability I will re-confirm that the Clock is operating properly as stated in this listing before I ship it.Please note that oldclocks are sensitive and may require an adjustment after shipping. Please contact me if you are experiencing any dissatisfaction at all with this clock before leaving bad response or low DSR's – My Goal is 100% Positive response and all 5’s on the DSR’s. I am sure we can work out any issues that may arise – see Terms and Conditions below for more details. Thank You.
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