An excellent piece of Automata. an early French clock with automated ship riding a rough sea! A bit of careful restoration needed with the delicate “paper tissue” sea that is already showing signs of fragility….. enjoy! 🤓
An Ottoman style Bracket clock with Anchor recoil escapement. Rack striking on the hour and a Whittington tune playing Carillion on eight bells that is triggered every quarter of an hour via a “flick” let off lever. Although this clock was quite grubby, it clearly had not been serviced for some time. There was a lack of previous repairers marks or Botcher’s scars present. The movement required 4 handmade bushes fitting to the centre arbour and fly on the striking side.
As always with these clocks, the setup of the let off spring is vital due its precise nature of operation. Too little tension and the Flick lever does not push the rack lever off and the quarter rack does not drop. This in turn does not push both the strike lever off the strike rack. Then the warn lever isn’t held forward holding the strike train ready. On the other scale if the Flick lever spring is too tight, too much energy is absorbed from the going train trying to bend the flick causing the clock to stop. The case was also in a very similar state of repair and required a full restoration including missing and loose parts having to be manufactured.
A rather special clock in this week for a full restoration. This is one of the finest from the 17th century. This one dating from around c1690 and made by the highly talented Claude Du Chesne of London. Featuring a double fusee verge escapement bracket clock movement. After being poorly repaired the clock had a few bushes that were not very clever. A full three days of work has it working correctly and looking amazing..! I’ve added some before pictures as well… Enjoy the shiny brass! 🤓
Just some pictures for our page… 🤓 enjoy!
It’s tick tock Tuesday again! This week sees a start on this unusual Fabrikmarke clock that goes for 1 year on one wind! It also features a deadbeat escapement and fusee movement. As you can see it’s pretty grimy! Special attention is needed on all bearings and friction surfaces to ensure as little power is lost in the train. I will add the finished work later in the week… Enjoy! 🤓
This weeks tick tock Tuesday is a lovely Russian single weight timepiece from St Petersburg! With detailed engraving on the dial surround and a skeleton front plate.. the movement is stunning. It sits in a 4ft wall mounted case and retains its original plate glass on three sides. 🤓 enjoy!
Here we have a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock with silent escapement powered from a double fusee striking mechanism. Set in a beautiful walnut case with inlayed brass, this particular clock came in for a full restoration and was in quite a poor state of repair. We must say that the finished Timepiece look splendid.
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