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    Default Bayard Marble Mantle.

    Did a little repair job for the owner of the antique shop where I bought the grandfather in fitting a new suspension spring in an old French 'vineyard' wall clock. The spring cost £1.94p but instead of paying me he gave me this clock instead, I could not refuse. An 8 day Bayard marble cased mantle timepeice, serial number on the movement 50622. I had to dismantle it to give it a light clean and oil the movement and re-attach one of the 'adornments' on one side of the front of the case. It's now running very sweetly. Looks very 'deco' in style but may be a little earlier. Any info on this clock and the movement would be apreciated. Sorry if the pictures aren't up to much.






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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: Oldfathertime)

    The tradename "Bayard" was registered in 1928 by
    the Duverdrey & Bloquel Company, mainly for better
    competition on the English market.

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: soaringjoy)

    There is a very feighnt number 20 tarnished into one corner of the back oblong brass plate which I think could be a 'stock' number from the retailer. On the backplate of the movement is a scribed mark, the name Rhil and the numbers 7 48. This would be a 'service' date, July 1948, by the shop. The name Rhil was the name of a clockmaker who set up buisness in the small Dartmoor town of Moretonhamptead, this town is right on the Eastern boundry of the Moor 14 miles West of Exeter and this Mr. Rhil was a French prisoner of War interred in Dartmoor Prison at the time of the Nepolionic Wars and on his release after the wars settled in the town and set up his clockmaking enterprise. This clock has been in the town all it's life, I bet Mr. Rhil sold it when new. Just thought that this 'connection' might be of interest.

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: Oldfathertime)

    Oldfathertime,

    turn off the TV or radio, work very relaxed and sensitive
    with the clock.
    Revise the movement with lots of love and care, gently rub
    and polish the case... and listen.
    Some clocks will whisper things....

    Jurgen

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: soaringjoy)

    Very good looking art deco marble clock.

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: rlwindle)

    Old Fathertime that is a very nice clock you have. I own 2 Bayard clocks and i think they are both well made and quite nice.
    One clock at a time. Kevin West
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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: Kevin W.)

    Glad someone likes it! Could not really refuse it. The guy wants me to help him shift a grandfather from upstairs to the downstairs of his shop sometime and set it up and running, should be easy enough, only really a question of getting it levelled, says he'll pay me a rate of £20 per hour so I'll take it slow. He could pay me 'in kind' as he travels over to France once a month and goes around the steet markets and now that we have struck up a bit of a rapport and he is also interested in clocks he's going to look out for more, they're pretty cheap to buy over there so my collection might increase, have to watch this space and see what turns up. It's possible that I could be onto a good thing here, time will tell!

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: Oldfathertime)

    Sure, go ahead and let your friend search the street
    markets for D & B / Bayard (some are marked with a lion),
    or Buren (Swiss) as well.
    Can't really go wrong on these clocks, because the movements
    are sturdy and reliable.

    The company history goes back to 1896 and the name "Bayard" refers to a
    16th century French hero Chevallier de Bayard (like, the last of a kind).

    Uhmh, I didn't mention, that they are "favorites" of mine, did I?

    Well, yes, I have a couple of these...

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: soaringjoy)

    I did take notice Jurgen of the construction of the movement when I removed it from the case. I removed it to clean all the brass that was a very dark brown, the bezzel, rear plate and cover disc and the glass (which is slightly convex) was a little 'foggy' inside. I removed the brass ring encasing the movement to lightly oil the shafts and pins and the component parts do look pretty sturdy. A well constructed timepeice indeed. I have had to regulate it over the last day or so as it was running slow, originally the regulator arm was 3/4 to the minus but now 1/2 way between minus and plus, I think that the little light oiling has 'freed' it up a bit.

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: Oldfathertime)

    Well, this type of movement is not exactly what we
    would call a "stunner", or a precision timepiece.
    It's a good, reliable, "bread & butter" clock for everyday use.
    What they actually did, was to take a typical drum type round
    movement and replace the platform echappement with an alarm
    clock type of escapement.
    Regulating can take a while and +/- a couple of minutes / week
    is normal.

    Jurgen

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    Default Re: Bayard Marble Mantle. (RE: soaringjoy)

    I found this link while researching my own Bayard Clock (see pics below).

    http://reveilsclocks.blogspot.com/20...rd-part-1.html


    Rusty
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