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    Default Old Clock

    A small German table Clock (probably Augsburg) dating from about 1580 and is 25cm high sitting on an ebony base. Probably the most distinctive feature of this clock is the all steel wheels which are a feature of German clocks pre-1600 when brass was expensive and used mainly on the cases. The French adopted brass wheels much early around 1560's.

    Hopefully the photos give good detail of the clock for those who are interested.

    Cheers


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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: DeanT)

    An excellent addition to the collection, it will look grand with the other one and the wise.

    Now if you want to get into the 15th century next you may need to build a clock tower.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: novicetimekeeper)

    Interesting dial, set up more like a countwheel. Have to wonder how that works.
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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: harold bain)

    Dean,
    That is cool beyond words...I love it!
    Back the Blue!

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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: harold bain)

    Quote Originally Posted by harold bain View Post
    Interesting dial, set up more like a countwheel. Have to wonder how that works.
    Now I'm curious too. It looks like it is a count wheel indicator, and I suspect that is the back of the clock. There is an hours only dial on the front with I - XII in Roman and 13 -24 in Arabic and 1/2 hour marks. There is another dial under that, that looks like it has I, II III and I'm not sure what is on the top - maybe IIII? Given the hour hand position, maybe those are quarter hours?

    This must have been the equivalent of rocket science back then. More like black magic given the state of science.

    Tom

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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: gleber)

    Truly fantastic toy, Dean!
    The back dial hand seems to be connected to the countwheel and so, as Tom says, it is a count wheel indicator. The lower dial at the front indicates the quarters, which is the top of accuracy for these clocks.
    ¿Rocket science? Well, weight-driven mechanical clocks were in use 200 years earlier than this clock, and spring-driven fusee movements, a little more than a century earlier.
    There were plenty of small domestic 15th century clocks, but only a handful have survived and just a spring-driven one, albeit truly mgnificent.

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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: ballistarius)

    Water driven clocks go back to the Pharoahs, plenty for Dean to go for yet
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Dean
    That is cool beyond words...I love it!
    It really is.


    Rob

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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: musicguy)

    DeanT, is that another clock added to your stable? ..... nice.

    Regards, Ralph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph View Post
    DeanT, is that another clock added to your stable? ..... nice.

    Regards, Ralph
    Yes Ralph. I might have got a bit excited in the past fortnight!

    Last edited by DeanT; 05-17-2017 at 03:56 PM.

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    Default Re: Old Clock (By: DeanT)

    I hope to gather one in this weekend... not renaissance, but early.

    Cheers, Ralph

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