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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    Anyone who wants to can comment on any Gallery images. The advantage of a post is that you can talk easily about several images at once. I think both are useful.

    The performance of the Gallery system is not what it might be because the indexing runs whenever a user clicks on the Gallery link. I will try to improve that when I get a little time.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Tom McIntyre)

    Could it be considered to perhaps make the Marine Chronometer Gallery as a sticky so as to more effectively attract new additions to the gallery?

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: doug sinclair)

    Doug,
    I can do that if your suggestion is endorsed by enough people.

    I would also insert (Picture) before Gallery.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Jim Haney)

    A sticky sounds good. I have many pics of my chronometers thar I would post.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Luis Casillas)

    I go along with Doug and Paul and support that action. (Thanks Jim!)

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    Thanks to those who liked the idea of a sticky for the marine chronometer picture gallery. And thanks to Jim Haney for setting up the sticky.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    I don't think Hamilton or the USNO were too particular about the quality of wood used on their chronometer boxes both inside or outside. I'm glad to say Gary Sellick is and here is an example of his work on a 21. The inside box is mahogany and the outside traditional birch.


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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    I don't know where I heard it, but I heard that the Heintzman Piano company made Hamilton chronometer boxes. I have also heard that the gimballed cases were Honduran mahogany. But I have seen a variety of other woods used in the carry cases.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    Greetings,

    Here are a couple of mine, 4E004, which is the Whitney 4 orbit model and 3E017, which is one of the 121 models.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: mdjtlj)

    Very nice! A complete trio

    The dual break circuit machines did not get a separate model number but here is one of the small group sold to Cal Tech for seismic studies.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Tom McIntyre)

    Roskell 8 Day and Tobias 850

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Tom McIntyre)

    HG Blair and Frodsham
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: mdjtlj)

    In Marvin Whitney's book on the ship's chronometer, page 92, he states:

    "On June 26, 1940, Captain F J Hellweg, Superintendant of United States Observatory wrote the Chelsea Clock Co., Elgin, Hamilton, Jaeger, A R & J E Meylan, Seth Thomas, Ingraham, and Waltham, requesting them to manufacture chronometers. ......... All,of these companies turned them down."

    "Later, Hamilton reconsidered their position, and on Nov. 4, 1940, Nardin chronometer # 3608 was picked up by Hamilton for study and examination. As a result of their study, a contract was let on February 26, 1941, for Hamilton to prepare a set of drawings."

    ........... "Knowing that Nardin had won 1,850 national prizes during the various observatories chronometer competitive trials, and the success they had in using the new Guillaume self-compensating balances, the Nardin was selected."

    This preamble posted because I have uploaded images of Nardin Chronometer #1852. It is owned by our local naval museum. Several years ago, I was there to photograph the instrument,

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    and to tell the museum what they had. I don't know what year this chronometer is from, or anything about its provenance. But it was indeed my pleasure.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: mdjtlj)

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    I wonder if there is a relationship between H. G. Blair & Co. and Harry Blair who was a prominent collector and an aficionado of George Daniel's watches.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Tom McIntyre)

    Mercer, in his book, has John Blair establishing the company as John Blair and Son in 1829. The company is then inherited by the son H.G. Blair who retires from it in 1926 during the "General Strike". Tony Mercers lists Small movements (2 1/2" dia.) circa. 1840,French movements circa.1840, Kullberg movements (1872-1875) and Mercer movements ( 1872-1875) being used. The firm is then sold to a consortium of local ship owners and renamed Blair's Nautical Supplies Ltd. in 1927. A Miss Nellie Smith and her sister Mabel eventually jointly owned the firm until retiring in 1970. All addresses listed for the firm are in England. So it doesn't appear it's "that son" H.G. Blair. Perhaps a heir of his?

    I can't read the chronometer dial pictured but Mercer lists: 45 Princess St., Bristol,1829-1890, then 95 Bute Docks, Cardiff, c. 1840 and 17 James St. Cardiff, 1914-1958 with a 53 James St. location listed in 1921.
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