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OGG-1108
$15,000
Very Rare “ Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase
With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(movement)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(back of dial)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(pendulum)

Ship From NC

(original catalogue)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(on test bench/gongs off)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(movie)

 

This is one of the most interesting tallcase clocks we've had available to us over the past 18+ years. The clock plays the Whittington tune on eight nested bells or the Westminster tune on four heavy coiled (mellow-sounding) gongs. It strikes the hours on the largest of the five gongs, sounding very much like Big Ben in London with a deep, sonorous sound. What a clock! We are awaiting a recording of the chiming sequence.

To the left is the original catalogue drawing. This model features an enhanced door design featuring ten beveled glass panels and claw feet. Note the extensive use of the acanthus leaf pattern, repeated from the base to the crown. This was a very popular pattern in Victorian-era cabinetry.

Physical: The medium brown-colored quartered oak case measures 29"w x 100"h x 19"d (trunk of clock is 17.5"w). The case was professionally restored in 2007 by rubbing out, overcoating with shellac then rubbing out again between coats (original process). There are some age-appropriate indentations and scratches on the weight shells and pendulum bob, but nothing major. As the pictures show, they look old but great.

The clock is in excellent overall condition. The 12" dial with two different hand-painted scenes on the moon dial was professionally restored in 2015. The dial is signed, “Theodore B. Starr, New York", and "Elliott, London".

Theodore B. Starr: (b.1837), a silversmith, opened his first business in 1862, at No. 18 John Street, NYC. Two years later he was joined by Herman Marcus and the company became Starr and Marcus. In 1877 Marcus left the company to work with Tiffany & Co. at which time Starr bought out his partner and the name reverted to Theodore B. Starr. In 1907 Starr's son incorporated the business. On July 1, 1918 their stock was purchased by the silver firm of Reed and Barton. The firm maintained a shop at 47th Street and Fifth Avenue, NYC. In 1923, Theodore B. Starr closed its doors.

J.J. Elliott was the leading hall clock maker in London and exported a high percentage of their clocks to the U.S., where most were private-labeled by large jewelers like Starr, Tiffany, and Shreve, Crump & Low. Click here to read the Elliott history in our Reference Library.

Mechanical: The extremely high-quality and much sought-after Elliott movement is itself an engineering marvel as you can see in the photos. Featuring a nest of eight bells and five heavy "cathedral" gongs, this movement has something for everyone. It bears serial number 2074. That same serial number is stamped into the brass leader at the top of the pendulum and into the back bottom of the dial.

It was professionally and thoroughly overhauled in 2015 and is in excellent running order.
Two of the nested bells had minor cracks and were replaced by the original maker, Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, the oldest, continuously running manufacturing company in England, started at the time of Elizabeth I (1570). WATCH IT PLAY!

The support rod and bracket for the bells were replaced at the same time. The chime cylinder return spring was replaced. The seatboard supports were cracked and replaced. A mechanical face lift of sorts!

Comments: This is an absolutely awesome clock. As you have read and can see, it has been thoroughly refurbished to the highest standards and is ready for many years of great service for you and your family. Now, the only decision to make is where are you going to place it for maximum enjoyment!

Shipping: Prior to shipment, the clock mechanism, weights and pendulum, along with finial, winding crank and cabinet key, will be removed from the clock and carefully packed for safe travel. For domestic shipment, the clock and packed components will be moved by one of our blanket-wrap movers, who will deliver it inside your home or office. For international shipment, the packed components and clock will be crated by Navis Pack & Ship or Craters and Freighters for its overseas journey.

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Photos note: It is extremely difficult to photograph large, dark-colored clocks like this except in a studio setting with contnrolled lighting and non-reflective surroundings. Floor and wall colorings tend to reflect and affect the color of the clock in the photo. In this case, the photos tend to be a bit reddish. Our consignor and his wife have both studied these photos carefully and have determined that the front full-length photo shown in the left column above (labeled "Front View - 2" below) best represents the actual medium-brown color of this clock.

PHOTO LINKS:

Description

View

Front View - 1
Front View - 2
Crown
Dial Area
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Dial Signature
Upper - Left
Upper - Right
Trunk - Left
Trunk - Right
Base - Front
Base - Left
Base - Right
Movement - Back
Movement - Front
Movement (Pre-Svc)
Movement - S/N
Dial - S/N
Pendulum - S/N
Weights/Bob
WATCH IT PLAY!

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.429, no.993

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