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    Default Wrecked shelf cuckoo

    Hello everybody again,
    It's been a long time since my last post here. Surely I've been busy with my other hobbies... Anyway, now there are a couple of half-dismantled wrecked clocks on my desk again
    I catched this one via intenet. Too many parts missing fom the case (but, fortunately, there is a depiction of how it looked like on the reprinted D. N. H. & S. Brothers catalogue), the movement is a 'Fleig' one (rather rusty), bird and pipe/bellows are there (rather busted)
    The case is in process of being completed now and I've decided to share it here.
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    Glad to be back here again!!

    Aitor
    Last edited by Bill Stuntz; 02-26-2017 at 09:39 PM.
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    Default Re: Wrecked shelf cuckoo (By: ballistarius)

    Very nice old clock ... Glad you are saving and restoring it

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    Default Re: Wrecked shelf cuckoo (By: timepast)

    Many thanks, timepast.
    There were so many missing parts that I could not have dreamt of restoring the case were not for the drawing on the reprinted catalogue:Click image for larger version. 

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    The original catalogue is 1914-15 in date, but the clock looks a little earlier, perhaps end of 19th century. I supppose that people in this MB will have more precise and authorized opinions on that matter.
    The birch planks strengthening the back, glue blocks included, and the removable one holding the wire gong were all gone.
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    To be continued...

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    Last edited by Bill Stuntz; 02-26-2017 at 09:42 PM. Reason: Replace BIG photos w/ expandable thumbnails
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    Default Re: Wrecked shelf cuckoo (By: ballistarius)

    Great clock...

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    Default Re: Wrecked shelf cuckoo (By: ANTIQUECUCKOOCLOCK.ORG)

    Many thanks, Jeff
    It will involve a big amount of work and money to return this clock near to its former glory, but it seems as if I have a penchant for this kind of challenges...
    The clock you feature is the 'little sister' of mine in size. Does it house a GHS movement? The 'Fleig' movement seems rather lost in the vast emptiness of my case, though it is the original movement for it. On the catalogue, this clock is advertised as having a 'powerful fusee movement' inside.
    From the catalogue drawing, I can reconstruct the missing parts, even the topper, but the bird door is not featured. I've chosen to repeat for it the carving on the sides of the front skirt:


    In the meantime, the case has returned from the cabinet maker with new back planks and the missing side door, veneered in oak. I've attached the side doors using correct size hinges, instead of the big 'ersatz' ones that came with the case. These hinges are always nailed to case and doors, but I've used tiny brass screws for the sake of future owners

    Regards,

    Aitor
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    Default Re: Wrecked shelf cuckoo (By: ballistarius)

    Beautiful and and accurate restoration. I think most collectors love the the nitty gritty , time consuming process of restoratation and bring things back to life. And often it`s not a matter of time nor consideration of resale but of a job well done.

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    Default Re: Wrecked shelf cuckoo (By: timepast)

    Many thanks for your kind words, timepast!
    I cannot but agree with what you say. It is always easier and often cheaper to buy old clocks in nearly pristine condition, but it is never so interesting or rewarding (at least for a nutty collector like me...)
    I hope to be able to fetch some elements from the woodcarver next week. I'll post them here...

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