Clocks


English A-frame Skeleton (c1840)

Photographed without its original tall glass dome, this large fusee-wound clock makes an horrendously loud noise (more "clink-clunk" than "tick-tock"), but as can be seen it's a beautiful antique, both as ornament and timepiece.

French & Viennese (both c1890)

The exquisite Art Nouveau design has only "Made In France" stamped on the back-plate of a vertically-mounted platform escapement mechanism, so is otherwise anonymous despite the detailed inlays, whilst the longer regulator is in very good condition considering potential damage to the finials.

Bulle #65981 (1927)

A typical simple Bulle with a clear dome (not shown to prevent reflections), in adequate condition.

Art Deco - Gustav Becker & Junghans (1930s)

The Becker is in very fine condition externally with only a missing crown from the main emblem; and whilst the support bracket for the chime hammers was recently replaced this can't be seen and the movement is otherwise original, with a two-tone strike for the hours rather than a tune. The Junghans was in similar condition with extremely minor cracking to some of the veneer, a completely original mechanism, and a much mellower two-tone strike, but it only lasted a few years before all of the bearings gave out, and the cost of a complete overhaul was 3 times the original purchase price, so the mechanism was removed and only the empty case remains until I can find a use for it.

Smiths Of Enfield (1950s)

A rare Sandiville from 1955, and a compact Mayflower.

Garrard (c1950s?)

Another recently restored clock, purchased from a reliable on-line seller.

Comitti "Essex" (1998)

My only other clock bought new, the gentle ticking of the pendulum is relaxing, though I had to place a piece of fabric over the chime-bars to dampen the hammers as otherwise the Westminster chimes are quite loud, whereas with the dampener I can leave them on all the time rather than having to switch them off every night and back on again in the morning.

Du Chateau (1994)

The first 'real' (i.e. mechanical) clock I purchased new, although modern, has a nice Temple design, and has a movement which combines motion and chimes on a single mainspring.

Jewellers & Watchmakers (1960/70s)

Another 'no name' clock, but unusual in that it has a circular rather than rectangular body.

Junghans "Ato-mat" & Kundomatic (1970s)

A single cell powers an electro-mechanical movement; that is, a simple circuit sends pulses to rotate an escapement, which then turn the hands in the usual manner.


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