Over the years the courthouse has seen roof repairs, interior repairs, facade restorations, and implementation of a theater in place of the old courtroom. The one area that remains mostly untouched is the clock tower belfry and clock components.
The clock was built by A.S. Hotchkiss under the Seth Thomas Company and was believed to be constructed between 1869 and 1876. The clock featured a time and strike train that was wound by hand well into the mid 40's once a week until an electric unit was fit into the existing clock movement frame in the mid 1940's. Since this time, the clock has seen time periods of functional issues and lack of maintenance, ultimately preventing it from keeping time, striking the bell, or functioning at all. We are setting out to lead a full restoration on this clock and all its components. This clock is somewhat rare, with fewer than 10 model #6A's believed to have been produced by Hotchkiss during this time period.
We are currently looking for any information related to this clock and its history. It is missing several pieces related to its function as a mechanical clock. These pieces were removed in the 1940's when it was converted to electric drive. These pieces include the original wood pendulum, brass set dial, escapement components, hand crank(s), and fly governor assembly. These pieces will be reproduced for the restoration if they are not located, however this will be extremely costly. Please contact us for any information leading to the missing parts or any historical facts related to this clock.
The ultimate plan for this project is to restore the clock to a functioning state and restore as much of the original mechanical movement as possible. The weight drive system cannot be put back completely as originally designed due to the construction of the theater and modernization of the building. A new weight driven system will be installed with an auto-wind feature for time and strike trains and current dials (which are not original) will be replaced with back-lit dials resembling the original design intended by the maker. Much of this project will be completely within the community with help from Phil Wright at the Tower Clock Company in South Charleston, Ohio. Phil will help us with reproducing the missing pieces, constructing new dials for the building, designing and building an "era correct" looking weight-drive system, and helping with miscellaneous restoration details and commissioning of the clock. Phil also has a wonderful example of an A.S. Hotchkiss #6A, which makes this a very unique situation. Phil's clock is almost completely intact and will serve as a wonderful reference for our restoration.
Currently we are striving to raise funds for this restoration so we can execute our plans and bring a functioning clock and bell back to the city of Concord.
Please stay tuned for more updates...