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The Pequegnat Clocks — Canadian Timekeepers


All Pequegnat models have eight-day movements. When wound fully their mainsprings allow them to run for eight days, with the exception of the Moncton and Regina, which were equipped with double springs and are therefore referred to as fifteen-day movements. As for different functions, there were six different movements: time only (including the Midget, Daisy Ideal, and Brandon models); time and calendar; strike; time and strike (referred to as the “Pequegnat Movement”); strike and calendar; and, eight-day or fifteen-day.

Movements of some early models were nickel plated by George H. Davis, whom Pequegnat befriended at the Racycle plant in Ohio. Plating became critical between 1910 and 1915 when metal prices rose, and the brass plates supporting the gear trains were replaced with steel plates with brass bushings as a cost saving measure. The plating ensured that rust would not become a problem. Determining if the plates are steel or plated brass is a simple matter of using a magnet. Some models of floor clocks, the Canada and Vernon for example, had brass plates without plating.

By 1918 some models, for the additional cost of one dollar, struck the hour and the half hour on two tuned rods, including the long case models, Alberta and Halifax. By the 1920s the bells for the striking mechanism were replaced with cathedral gongs. The 1918 Pequegnat catalogue features tambour models with either cathedral gong or tuned rods.