On small nick - please see photo #6. The face is silvered metal and shows minimal to zero signs of age, some very minor blemishing. It is marked'Made by Seth Thomas in USA'.
The bezel and glass are also in good condition. The glass is beveled and curved. Has large separate movement to run the chimes. It strikes the traditional Westminster chimes on the quarter, half, 3/4 hour, and hour on four rods.
The movement is marked with the ST logo,'Made in USA' and the number 119. This is a large clock, standing 15 inches high, 10 inches wide and 7 inches deep. The clock is in perfect running order. The name Sonora comes from the Sonora Chime Company.
William Hoschke of New York, New York applied for his patent on this design on April 16, 1907, and the patent was granted on April 18, 1908. Hoschke apparently had a background with music box engineering that he utilized in his design of the Sonora configuration. The unique, rich, resonant sound of Sonora bell chimes comes from the wooden expansive sound chamber in which the cup bells are mounted.They are struck with leather-tipped hammers. These movements were made with as many as eight bells playing two different tunes, some even alternating between tunes each hour! The item "Circa 1920 Antique Seth Thomas Sonora Mantle Clock. Westminster Four Rod Chimes" is in sale since Tuesday, November 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Shelf, Mantel". The seller is "jaybee8421" and is located in East Montpelier, Vermont.
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