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    Default Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio

    Hello,

    After reading on various vintage and historical, street and tower clocks I would like to post about a historical clock located in downtown San Antonio. The clock is known as the "Hertzberg Clock" and was first installed back in 1878.

    https://www.saconservation.org/OurHi...erg-Clock.aspx

    http://www.expressnews.com/150years/...ng-6084265.php

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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Mr. Time)

    RE "The clock is unusual in that it continues to be hand wound rather than electrically driven."

    How often does it need to be wound?

    Rob

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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: musicguy)

    Quote Originally Posted by musicguy View Post
    RE "The clock is unusual in that it continues to be hand wound rather than electrically driven."

    How often does it need to be wound?

    Rob
    Once a week, like any Howard street clock. It's not unusual that it continues to be hand wound- many examples, maybe most, still have their original movements. There are some good restoration project pictures and commentary here on the message board about those wonderful landmark timepieces. You might also find some pictures of this very clock.
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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Peter A. Nunes)

    E Howard made two sizes of this 2 dial street clock, this is the large version. I have attached a photo to show how large!
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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Eric Ryback)

    It is good to see a "proper" mechanical street clock

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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Peter A. Nunes)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter A. Nunes View Post
    Once a week, like any Howard street clock. It's not unusual that it continues to be hand wound- many examples, maybe most, still have their original movements. There are some good restoration project pictures and commentary here on the message board about those wonderful landmark timepieces. You might also find some pictures of this very clock.
    I tried to google, "winding a Howard street clock" and got some great photos
    of this type of clock (that I have never paid much attention to, and I will do so in the future).
    But, does anyone have a photo of someone winding one?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: musicguy)

    Quote Originally Posted by musicguy View Post
    I tried to google, "winding a Howard street clock" and got some great photos
    of this type of clock (that I have never paid much attention to, and I will do so in the future).
    But, does anyone have a photo of someone winding one?

    Thanks
    Rob
    No photo but here's a video of a "timekeeper" winding a historical street clock in Boston. Great article by the way.
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20....html#comments

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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Mr. Time)

    I used to wind my local Church Clock
    St Marys Church Welwyn
    My title was Clock Winder
    A simpler and more descriptive title

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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Les harland)

    Quote Originally Posted by Les harland View Post
    I used to wind my local Church Clock
    St Marys Church Welwyn
    My title was Clock Winder
    A simpler and more descriptive title
    Yes I hear you. Because I also am the official "clock winder" at my house but I like to think there's more to it than just winding a clock.

    I can understand about keeping it simple but to me there's more to it than just 'winding a clock' because I also maintain the accuracy of the clock keeping time which, in part, involves winding the clock as well so "Time Keeper" it is.

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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Mr. Time)

    That video was exactly what I looking to see. Much more
    informative than a still photo.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio (By: Mr. Time)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Time View Post
    Yes I hear you. Because I also am the official "clock winder" at my house but I like to think there's more to it than just winding a clock.

    I can understand about keeping it simple but to me there's more to it than just 'winding a clock' because I also maintain the accuracy of the clock keeping time which, in part, involves winding the clock as well so "Time Keeper" it is.
    Yes there is more to it than just winding
    The clock goes haywire once a year , it just needs a little oil on it
    Maintaing the accuracy is easy once it is set
    It can be left for a year or two
    The pendulum weight is about the size of soup plate, the adlustment is as sensitive as any watch
    The clock obviously needs putting right once a week when it is wound

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