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Three-Train Tower Clock by Seth Thomas
- Remarkable in size and beauty, this three-train tower clock was created by the Seth Thomas firm
- This is a rare example of a tower clock with a self-winding dead beat mechanism
- In addition to this clock’s stunning movement and face, the chimes are remarkable
- This rare feat of mechanical excellence is demonstrative of Thomas' refined craftsmanship
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The weights lower assisted by gravity and upon reaching the bottom of their travel, they are reset by an electric motor— there is no need for winding. The gravity remontoire is driven by the self-winding weights which provide power to the escapement wheel. Not to be outdone by its own electrical complexity, this remontoire has three separate systems— one for time, one for the hour chime, and one for the quarter hour time.
Born in Wolcott, Connecticut in 1785, Seth Thomas showed an early aptitude for hard work and intellectual curiosity. After apprenticing as a carpenter, he formed an association with the famed clockmaker Eli Terry and went on to purchase his own clock factory in 1813. This business soon prospered, both in part to Thomas’s refined craftsmanship and society’s growing need for accurate high-precision timepieces. All the more necessary in expanding industrial societies, the Seth Thomas company became the most prolific and dependable maker of high-precision tower clocks. By applying modern technology to centuries-old horological mechanisms, the Seth Thomas factory perfected the tower clocks on which railroad companies, churches, towns and institutions all around the world were dependent.
This clock is pictured in the Seth Thomas catalogue
Clock: 102 1/2" high x 44 3/4" wide x 23 1/2" deep
Chimes: 72 5/8" high x 17 3/8" wide x 5 3/4" deep