Seth Thomas, Stewart & Clark, Phinney Walker Car Clock

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 11,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

Seth Thomas, Stewart & Clark, Phinney Walker Car Clock

This is a very unusual old Seth Thomas, Stewart & Clark, Phinney Walker Car Clock. The 3 ½ inch silvered dial has large Arabic numerals, inside the seconds bit ring it is marked "Seth Thomas" while just below the center it is marked "Stewart & Clark Mfg. Co. , Chicago, U.S.A." and at the bottom it is marked "Phinney Walker Keyless Winding Pat." The heavy well made movement is signed "Seth Thomas, Thomaston, Conn." A serial number 2817 appears just below the winding arbor under the winding gear. The heavy brass tub type case contains the Phinney Walker "Keyless" winding gear on the inside and serial number 10158 on the outside. It measures 4 inches in diameter with a 3 ¼ inch dial. The tub is 3 inches in diameter and 1 ½ inches to rim. Overall depth is 2 ¼ inches and it weigh almost 2 pounds. The clock is running and keeps good time. The crystal is cracked and brass has not been cleaned. This great early automobile clock was probably made to match a Stewart & Clark speedometer.

Stewart & Clark Manufacturing Company (later to become Stewart-Warner) was an early maker of automobile speedometers. By 1908, speedometer companies were producing and marketing clocks as after-market accessories. Stewart & Clark marketed clocks made by Chelsea Clock Company, Phinney-Walker Keyless Clock Company and Seth Thomas. However it is unusual to find a clock with all 3 names on it. This clock was made sometime between 1903 and 1913.

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