Pennsylvania Railroad Super Rare "Atkins 30 Day Gallery Clock" with an Original surviving Wagon Spring Movement, 18 inch Dial & 27 inch Octagonal Rosewood Veneered Ogee Case !!! Shows Remnants of original Gilding on the Raised Wood Trim on the front of case.
The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) (or Pennsylvania Railroad Company was also known as the "Pennsy") was an American Class I Railroad that was established in 1846 and was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was called the Pennsylvania Railroad because it was established in the state of Pennsylvania.
Clock makers "Atkins, Whiting & Co." used Joseph Ives Patents that were used exclusively on these clocks, whereas he would profit 1/3 of the Sales profits for 14 Years. With the Cast Iron "Pony Horse-Shoe Frame" & Lever Arms holding a Lot of Leaf Spring Power, this movement also has Round Steel Plates front & back, Steel Gears & Rolling Lantern Pinions. The Bushing all Look like they've already been replaced, possibly during the last 1961 Service date. Both Hands have been repaired, but retain their counter balance "Horse Shoe" forms on their tail ends.
"PRR 5868" Property Number is Dial Stenciled, and is also Die Stamped inside the Wood Frame, just below the Top Iron Hinge. Also Contains an Old Printed "Property Of PRR" Paper Label Inside too. (Both seen in the 4th Close Up Photo)
Atkins "Type-1 Wagon Spring Movements" with 11 Leaf Springs were Only Made during the first year of production in 1850. Knowing this Age Limitation, it is one of the earliest Gallery Clocks used by this Main Line from the earliest years of PA. Railroading.
Condition : The Rosewood Case veneer is complete, and the Gold Trim is Naturally Worn for it's age. Glass is undamaged. The "Pushbutton & Latch" is on the bottom cover, however the "Keeper Plate" is currently missing on the Backboard. (Hinge is on the top of the Case, so gravity keeps the cover closed for display, but can't be latched)
Case Measurements : Overall 27 by 27 inches, and 5 1/4 inches Deep.
Warning or Caution : These "Wagon Spring Movement have a Massive amount of Power with small amounts of back pressure, like a Winch lifting a House with one person. These are rare Relics, and with that said, "You should never run these on a daily basis". I only turned both key winders 1 turn to run for about a week. If a person would wind them more than 3 Turns for a Month, I am pretty sure it would Break the Cast Iron Levers, if Not Implode the Main Cast Iron Frame !!! There are No Stops to prevent Over-Winding. For this Reason I will not accepting a RETURN for this Clock, if Broken.
However, I am offering the normal "Ruby Lane 3 Day inspection Period" for your satisfaction.
Book Refs. ; "The Clocks of Irenus Atkins"
By : Philip Gregory & Robert King
Illustration of Case Page ; 44 illus. # 201
Illustration of Movement Page ; 42 illus. #180
Also see my Railroad Map of Pennsylvania 1850- 1855;
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