Variant – Leaded Glass Door
Variant Pequegnat Hall Clocks show up from time to time. It’s hard to know if they were “special orders” or “prototype” clocks or whatever. Since Pequegnat did sell the clock movements without cases, they could easily be fitted in clock cases built by independent cabinet makers. Companies such as the Franco American Clock Company put their labels on the clock so we can assume they bought the movements from the Pequegnat factory and had them installed in their own clock cases. Unfortunately most Variant Pequegnat clocks found today are not listed in the known Pequegnat catalogues and have no label to identify their true origin. However, we do know that the Pequegnat factory did do small runs of uncatalogued clocks.
Years ago the production records from the factory were destroyed, and as most of the employees are now gone, we can only rely on our “gut feelings”, logic and experience, to figure out if the clocks were truly “Pequegnat Variants” and were actually manufactured in the Pequegnat factory.
This Clock is no exception to the above. It looks right compared to other Pequegnat clocks of it’s era, the case has a similar look to the catalogued versions, the oak wood is what the Pequegnat factory would normally use, the dial numbers are in the style of a Pequegnat dial (The elongated 3’s and 5’s) of that production period, and the glass leaded glass door is typical of what they were producing at that time so my best guess and conclusion is that this clock came from the Pequegnat factory and is a true variant.
The Clock has a Berlin 8 day brass weighted movement that chimes in the hours and half hour on two tuned rods. The clock measures 79 1/2 inches in height, 18 1/2 inches in width and is 13 1/2 inches deep.