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Month Going Clocks | Tick Tock Thursday

This week has been really busy! Apart from painting the forth bridge (the new shop!) It’s been a week of month going clocks. The first is a very rare Grande Sonnerie quarter chiming Biedermeier Vienna clock that last for a whole month on one wind! The case is a standard 4ft case with a 70cm drop for the weights. With clocks of this finesse, the attention to detail for the repairer has to be second to none. The amount of power available on a standard Vienna is small. On a month going clock it is simply minuscule! Every pivot, pinion, bush, wheel tooth and pallet face has to be perfect. Any tiny imperfection and they stop! To add to this, this clock has to perform just under 26000 hammer strikes per wind in 70cm of fall.. As you can imagine. These clocks can be… Tricky to say the least.


The second clock is a stunning late 17th century Month going long case clock by Micheal Bird. Dating from around c1685 this clock is old! As well as being 340 years old, these very early month going long case clocks need just as much attention as the complicated Vienna. The brass is fatigued in places and the tooth form is not always perfect so again, every surface, lever and bearing has to perfect to allow this clock to run on its limited power. As you can see from the pictures.. The weight is quite large.. But not too much bigger than a standard long case weight. When testing these early clocks… I find it useful to test each side first. That way when the clock is together fault finding can be efficient without too many red herrings

Clock Face
Clock gears
Month going long case weight
Vienna Month going clock

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Memories and the Move | Tick Tock Thursday

As we start to dismantle the old workshop for our move. It has prompted a few memories of how we have changed over the years. Here are a few of my favourite images of our lovely little traditional clock shop. It’s going to be hard. But if I can replicate a small bit of this character into our new premises. I will be happy. I want a shop that invites you to simply sit down in one of our comfy chairs. To enjoy the simple pleasure of listening to a sound that is only found here. enjoy!

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Harrison Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

This week I will need your help. We have receive a possibly important clock and need a collective thought on what it is. The name Harrison always conjures up imaginations on the famous longitude trials and although this clock has the name William Harrison on both the beautifully made porcelain dial and also engraved on the back plate. I am very sceptical that this clock was made by John Harrison’s son.

What we do have though is a very high quality clock. Both in case manufacture and in movement design. The mahogany case had fine ebony inlay and brass cast artwork panels to the sides and rear door. The glazed engraved bezel has a “mock” hinge to balance it out and at the base a separate well fitted door that reveals the large half second beat pendulum. The five pillar arched movement is substantial to say the least with Harrison maintaining power, deadbeat escapement, five spoke wheels and rollers on the hammer that strikes two bells at the same time. The skeltonised snail and rack are lovely… but… Wm Harrison is not listed in Walworth! Answers on a postcard

Suspisious Harrison clock case from the rear. it is bullet shaped with mahogany wood and a red and gold detailing
a clock mechanism
A clock panel with the words WM HARRISON engraved on it

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Moving to a new larger shop

A big announcement, due to continued growth we are now in the process of moving to a new larger shop and workshop. Our new shop is on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield. It features two ground floor showrooms and a further two floors that will be dedicated to clock repair and restoration. There is free car parking outside and for those travelling a bit further and wanting a day out, Chatsworth House, Bakewell and the Peak District is just down the road. To allow a smooth and organised transition whilst moving, we will be operating a shorter day at the old shop while we transfer over.

If you want to come outside these hours we will be available but you will need to make an appointment. Our temporary opening times will be Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 2pm. We aim to be open in the new shop by the end of June. As you can see from the photos, painting has started and we are waiting for the external sign to arrive…Exciting times! 

An old shop. the shop we are moving to
Inside the shop we are moving to, grey walls and a small radiator with what appears to be a laminate floor

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John Everell Bracket Clock| Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us start the restoration on a lovely early 18th century ebonised bracket clock with “silent pull” by John Everell. The case is a wonderfully small in size being 15″ high with the handle down. The natural ageing and patina is simply lovely. We intend to gently clean and wax the case to preserve this finish. The 6″ dial is framed with “flower” spandrels which date this clock to around c1745.

The makers name is engraved in the top arch. John Everell traded from “By the new church” The Strand London from c1730 to c1760. The highly engraved five knopped pillar movement with depictions of birds and scrolls has a verge escapement and a pull mechanism that rings the hours and quarter hours on two bells. As you can see from the photos, the plates have been polished using chalk and look brilliant! The next couple of days should see the rest of the clock repaired and polished.

John Everell Bracket clock, with a gold handle and spandrels. the face of the clock is white and the case is black
John Everell Bracket clock, with a gold handle and spandrels. the face of the clock is white and the case is black
John Everell Bracket clock, with a gold handle and spandrels. the face of the clock is white and the case is black

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