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15-06-2012, 06:56 AM
Just thought some of you guys might appreciate a bit of resurrected mechanical history.
There has been in my fathers family an old clock, 1860 in fact if not slightly prior. It has been in parts in my fathers and now my garage for about 100 years nearly. My stepson's father is a watchmaker and has contacts in the clock industry. I brought the whole clock upstairs a few months ago looking for SteamPunk bits and Chris spotted it. Old damaged cracked lacquer Drop Case and clunky brass movement with a few bits missing. He suggested it could be repaired and he would have a go in conjunction with his dad and grandad who is a Master clock builder and woodworker.
Here is the clock as it was before.
15-06-2012, 07:00 AM
The movement went away and parts were sourced from USA, the movement is from Newhaven Clock Company in Connecticut, USA, no longer in existence. When that came back it all went up to Chris's Grandad who worked on the case and remounted and tuned the movement.
So here it is now on the wall fully operational.
15-06-2012, 07:00 AM
I just love old clocks I have one that is around 130 years old and still going strong as I type this it just chimed for 7am I love them.:thumbsup:
15-06-2012, 07:13 AM
You will notice that it no longer has a face dial. The visibly working movement is just too awesome to cover up. Instead by sheer fluke I had a 300mm glass domed lid from a Wok I bought which just happens to fit snugly inside the bezel and now protects the whole movement and hands. I may add some discreet internal leds to highlight the workings at night. I have kept the original face etc for historical records and the dome just pops out so no modifications needed to adapt.
It is now called 'PsychoClock' because it chimes at about 15 past the hour or sometimes randomly but surprisingly keeps quite good time anyway. The minute hand is loose on the shaft and does a weird little 'meridian flip ( or flop really ) as it goes through 12 O'Clock position. And it winds up with a big brass key and runs for 8 days.
I wanted SteamPunk and boy did I get it !! Chris's Grandad repaired the case without doing any strip and rebuild etc and it just so makes the resurrection perfect, crazed lacquer finish and all.
Cost, about $400 on the cheap due to 'family' connections. Value, Priceless !! for all sorts of reasons. :thumbsup: :D
It sort of joins my old family to my new. Big credit to Chris, my 19 year old stepson for taking it on and following it through.. :)
15-06-2012, 12:29 PM
:) I loooove the Steam Punk style.
Congrats on the resurrection. It's a beautiful piece.
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