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Charles Frodsham Regulator | Tick Tock Thursday

This weeks horological shenanigans has seen us start the full restoration of a rare Charles Frodsham precision wall mounted regulator number 835. The 10-inch silvered dial signed Chas Frodsham, London, 835. With strike/silent lever at XII, the substantial fusee and chain movement with six turned tapered pillars, dead beat escapement with jewelled pallets, maintaining power, high count trains and rack striking on a coiled gong. The backplate signed Chas Frodsham, 84 Strand. The second beat steel flask mercury pendulum is beautifully made. Along with the case with flat top moulded cornice, the glazed trunk door with fluted and scroll-carved sides. The interior with a silvered beat plaque signed Charles Frodsham Clock Maker to the Queen. The moulded base with a scroll-carved corbel
157.5cm. 5ft. 2in.

top of the regulator,
bottom half of the regulator
charles frodsham engraving
Charles Frodsham regulator face

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Table Regulator – 18th century | Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us restore a very fine and rare precision table regulator of French manufacture. Dating from the Charles X period (1824 – 1830), This piece is in outstanding condition.

The case of this table regulator is veneered in exotic Bubinga and inlaid with contrasting Box Wood. Overall it produces a wonderful case which is glazed on all sides. The front and rear glasses being accessed by removing the pegged top and sliding the glass out. It has been constructed to minimise the ingress of dirt and dust.

The finely made and complicated 14 day duration movement is signed Nicole Paris and has a very large visible escape wheel with dead beat escapement mounted outside the back plate . There is micro adjustment for the beat adjustment. The size of the escapement allows the half second beat pendulum to allow the sweep second hand to rotate once in 60 seconds. The good quality pendulum has nine rod gridiron compensation.

The 4 3/4 inch silvered brass dial unusually displays day and date subsidiary calendar dials and is retained in a finely cast bezel of 6 1/4 inches in diameter which retains all of its original gilding. 

Please don’t confuse this hand made precision clock with the factory made mass produced items sold later in the Century. I doubt that this particular type clock was replicated.

It is 24 inches tall , 12 1/2 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches deep at the base.

Table regulator. a dark wood with an orange edge highlight, gold face rim and god pendulum, the face of the clock itself is silver in colour.

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Christmas Closing

Merry Christmas one an all!

Overton Clocks are now closed until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Wishing you all a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!

vine like paintings on the bonnet of a long case clock

Palatial Regulator – Tick Tock Thursday

This week we’re focusing on our amazing apprentice Jessica! Jessica has been with us for over a year now and is moving onto the finer clocks we work with. This palatial regulator has been fully restored from a very tired state and is now ready for a good number of years service again.. enjoy!

Jessica the apprentice working on a palatial regulator

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Regulator with Calendar

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regulator with calendar full case

Striking Longcase Regulator with calendar and the age and phase of the moon by Thomas Morgan of Manchester c1860.

This is a remarkably complex clock for a regulator with calendar. It must really be considered a borderline example due the ease of reading the dial. The case is of walnut and above the panelled plinth it is glazed at the front and sides and around the arched top. There is carved fretwork below the circular dial.

The dial has no less than six subsidiary dials and is laid out in a regulator fashion. The main dial is a centre seconds dial. With the hour dial at 9 o’clock and the minute dial at 3. At 6 o’clock is the date dial with the signature on either side of it. At 12 o’clock is the month dial with. On its right, the days of the week and on the left the dial showing the age and phase of the moon.

The substantial movement has a dead-beat escapement and maintaining power. The pendulum has a wood rod and heavy lead bob covered in a brass as are the substantial weights.

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regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism