CUSTOM-MADE REPRODUCTION PEQUEGNAT CLOCKS: NOTE: This gallery is not about The Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company that was in business a long time ago in Berlin / Kitchener, Ontario 1904-1941. The Pequegnat Clock Company of Canada was set up by one of Arthur’s great grandsons, Paul Pequegnat, in 1984 in Manotick, Ontario (southeast of Ottawa). He made faithful reproductions of eight original Pequegnat wall models and twelve mantel models, and he created a special wall model. The choices were shown on his Price List.
Posted in The Pequegnat Room at the museum is a brief biography of Paul’s interesting careers written by his widow Anne. He started as a newspaper reporter in Kitchener, became an accredited film photographer with the CBC, and was the chief cameraman at CBC Ottawa television. He then went freelance with his own company called Paul Pequegnat Productions. For years he travelled all over the world, including the Arctic, Russia and Viet Nam, producing films for the CBC, BBC, ABC and CBS television networks. Finally, after a long career, he “retired” in 1984 to make copies of his great grandfather’s clocks!
CUSTOMER OPTIONS: Paul’s customers would first select the clock style from the display models in his home and then choose the wood for the case. The options were oak, mahogany, and walnut, the latter at higher cost. And he provided three options for the wood finish: Colonial, Heritage, and Mission (the Price List described them), hand-rubbed to low, medium or high lustre. The case would then be custom-built by Paul and a German spring-driven Hermle pendulum movement was installed to complete the clock within six to eight weeks after a twenty percent deposit was placed with the order.
Paul made his own cases and used German movements. Note the contrast with the original Pequegnat clocks, where Arthur’s factory made the movements that were then installed in wood cases manufactured for him for almost twenty years by the furniture factories in Berlin/Kitchener. Arthur’s own case factory was in production by 1920 for another twenty years.
IN THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION: Two of the seven models in the museum’s collection of Paul’s clocks were donated by his widow Anne and the other five were purchased in 2015 from a collector who had earlier bought them from her. Six are reproductions of Pequegnat original catalogued models (Tokio, Barrie, Peterboro, Montreal, Brandon, and Woodstock), but the Colonial Westminster wall clock is Paul’s own design with a birds-eye maple wood case, a three-spring chimes movement, and two fake weights.
GALLERY PICTURES: Shown here are the seven models currently in the museum's collection. The Introduction page from Paul's catalogue and his 1993 price list provide details on the model options.
All but the Woodstock have Paul’s company label on the back, each with the model typed in but a different serial (?) number. This gallery includes the six labels. Unfortunately, Anne has no information about the unusual typed-in numbers on the labels.
Paul’s great skill as a cabinet maker is clearly evident in these display models. Sadly, there is no record of how many clocks he made on order (perhaps one hundred?) for his customers during the thirteen year production period up to the end of his life in mid 1997.
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