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    Default Re: Known ORIGINAL Woodworks Clocks Winding Cranks (By: rmarkowitz1_cee4a1)

    RM,

    I LOVE your sense of humor!

    George

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    Default Re: Known ORIGINAL Woodworks Clocks Winding Cranks (By: George Nelson)

    George, it seems you missed the link I posted to the restored Daniel Pratt wooden works. Yes it's nice and unusual, but it is hardly unique. I have seen the same "cost effective" triangular columns on several clocks, sometimes in Bird's eye as well. One of the other makers to use this style was David Dutton. I'm sure there's a third but the name escapes me at the moment.

    Daniel Pratt Before/During/After:
    http://jcclocks.blogspot.ca/2013/12/...n-part_31.html
    http://jcclocks.blogspot.ca/2013/12/...part_6675.html
    http://jcclocks.blogspot.ca/2013/12/...part_4238.html

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    Default Re: Known ORIGINAL Woodworks Clocks Winding Cranks (By: Sooth)

    Thanks, Sooth. I did indeed somehow miss that post. Great clock! Thanks, too, for the near step-by-step pictorial of your restoration process. Outstanding!

    George

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    Default Re: Known ORIGINAL Woodworks Clocks Winding Cranks (By: George Nelson)

    Here are original tower clock cranks:

    Top one is from a small Scottish tower clock by Ross & Son of Glasgow, 1894. The square hole in the crank was made the traditional way: a small hole drilled in each corner, followed by a large hole in the center; then the excess was filed out. You can still see the remnants of the curves of the small and large holes on the flats. Length of flats: 0.45”.

    The second crank is German from a “#12” quarter-striking tower clock by C. F. Rochlitz of Berlin, late 1800s. Original paint. Flats are 0.425”.

    The third crank is from an English time-only tower clock by J. Smith & Sons, Clerkenwell, ca. 1880s. Flats are 0.495”.

    The bottom crank is from a time-only flatbed English tower clock, ca. 1880s. Maker unknown. Flats are 0.55”. Note that it has lost its original wood handle.

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    Default Re: Known ORIGINAL Woodworks Clocks Winding Cranks

    Quote Originally Posted by George Nelson View Post
    Thanks, Dave! A truly old crank for sure! Soon, we'll have enough pictures of good, old cranks to have a good reference. Your contribution is very much appreciated. By the way, is the crank brass, steel or something else?

    Gratefully yours,

    George
    Thanks George, I'd say it's steel, definitely not brass. The picture appears more blue than it actually is. A friend of mine has a whole box of old cranks. I just picked out the one that best suited this clock.

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    Default Re: Known ORIGINAL Woodworks Clocks Winding Cranks (By: FDelGreco)

    Frank,

    Perfect! Thanks so much! Those cranks really have some age, and I appreciate the "mini training course" on how they were made. a superior addition to this thread, and much appreciated.

    George

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    Hi, Dave,

    Thanks for the additional info- much appreciated. Slowly, this thread is getting somewhere!

    George

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