Goal: $300, Received: $275.00 (92%) Contribute Now
Donate whatever you can or Join the 14,000 other NAWCC members for only $80 (plus $10 for hard copy publications). Check it out here.



Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Registered user. LiamJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Laxey
    Posts
    176

    Default Francis Abbott Double Fusee

    My newest acquisition today was this enormous Double Fusee Bracket Clock by Francis Abbott of Derby. It measures a huge 26'' to the top of the pineapple making it the tallest bracket clock in my collection.

    The case is inlayed with brass and has burl mahogany veneers.

    I have done a little research on Francis Abbott and he certainly had a varied life! Born in 1799 he apprenticed as a clock maker. In the early 1830s he set up his own business in Derby. Shortly afterwards he moved to Manchester and I believe he traded from No.50 Market Street.

    The link below gives a fascinating insight into the varied life Francis had and the important contributions he made to astronomy in later life.

    https://books.google.im/books?id=Xoe...0derby&f=false

    I hope you enjoy the above article and the pictures of this remarkable piece of history.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	SAM_4413.jpg 
Views:	51 
Size:	277.5 KB 
ID:	353385   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	SAM_4408.jpg 
Views:	46 
Size:	100.5 KB 
ID:	353386   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	SAM_4409.jpg 
Views:	53 
Size:	203.2 KB 
ID:	353387   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	SAM_4415.jpg 
Views:	54 
Size:	301.4 KB 
ID:	353388  

  2. #2

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: LiamJ)

    I like the signature on the movement. Most 18th and 19th century bracket clocks seem to be around half a metre high, the smaller ones usually go at a premium.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

  3. #3
    Registered user. LiamJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Laxey
    Posts
    176

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: novicetimekeeper)

    Thanks Nick, yes the signature is rarther nice and ornate. All five of the pillars are also mounded and engraved with simple detailing.

  4. #4

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: LiamJ)

    Nice clock.

    How long is the pendulum? If the clock is 26 inches high the pendulum must be longer than normal?

  5. #5
    Registered user. LiamJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Laxey
    Posts
    176

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: DeanT)

    The pendulum is quite long Dean, it measures 17" in total from the bottom of the bob to the top of the suspension spring.

  6. #6
    Registered user.
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    The Netherlands
    Posts
    349

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: LiamJ)

    This clock shouts out QUALITY, like it very much. Congrats!

  7. #7
    Registered user. LiamJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Laxey
    Posts
    176

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: P.Hageman)

    Thank you all. Sadly there is one small problem. The hinge was only stuck onto the bezel with some kind of resin. For safety I have taken it off as I didn't want it to fall off!! Are hinges usually silver soldered onto the bezel surrounds?

  8. #8

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: LiamJ)

    I don't know, but I would guess riveted on spun bezels, probably cast on cast bezels. Somebody will have worked on a few of that age.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

  9. #9
    Registered user. jmclaugh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Devon
    Posts
    3,570

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: novicetimekeeper)

    Congrats, a beautiful clock.
    Jonathan.

  10. #10
    Registered user.
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    The Netherlands
    Posts
    349

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: LiamJ)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiamJ View Post
    Thank you all. Sadly there is one small problem. The hinge was only stuck onto the bezel with some kind of resin. For safety I have taken it off as I didn't want it to fall off!! Are hinges usually silver soldered onto the bezel surrounds?
    Yep, seen several which were original soft soldered to the spun bezel. The reason for using resin ( which I also did when necessary) was not to heat up the bezel with the risk of damaging the old glass.

  11. #11
    Registered user. LiamJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Laxey
    Posts
    176

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: LiamJ)

    Thank you, that would make sense then. The glass in the bezel is original so I definitely don't want to damage it. I take it there is no easy way of removing the glass to carry out the fix?

  12. #12
    Registered user.
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    The Netherlands
    Posts
    349

    Default Re: Francis Abbott Double Fusee (By: LiamJ)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiamJ View Post
    Thank you, that would make sense then. The glass in the bezel is original so I definitely don't want to damage it. I take it there is no easy way of removing the glass to carry out the fix?
    If so, I would be happy to hear.

Similar Threads

  1. Musical movement, DOUBLE fusee
    By Chris Radano in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-24-2010, 02:54 PM
  2. Problem with Winterhalder double fusee
    By Jeff Salmon in forum Clock Repair
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-31-2009, 04:09 PM
  3. Double fusee wall clock
    By beta21 in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-08-2008, 05:22 AM
  4. Double Fusee - Need ID
    By clocksiam in forum Clock Repair
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-18-2008, 05:22 AM
  5. Lantern Clock - Brass Double Fusee with "C.V 253"
    By thebatteryman in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-16-2005, 10:49 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •