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    Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

    Hi Graham, It's surprising to realize that there were quite a few complex astronomical clocks produced around the 1560-70's which are attributed to Metzger or his associates. The book by Maurice has photos of nearly 100 of them although the book mainly shows the cases. I've been fortunate...
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    Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

    Probably Southern German, circa 1560's or 70's. 4 fusee for going, hour and quarter trains plus a complete additional hour striking train which strikes the hour several minutes after the first hour striking train. It's called Ribotta striking and might have been for people that missed the first...
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    Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

    Yeah 4 fusees. Hour and quarter striking plus ribotta hour striking where a full train repeats the previous hour several minutes later. As the early movements have no method of regulating the periodicity of oscillation via a pendulum or balance spring the periodicity is highly dependent on the...
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    Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

    I'd rather be part of the solution than part of the problem so I'd happily moderate a renaissance and/or early English clock forums. Cheers
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    Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

    I am one of those that used to contribute to the Forums but stopped a month or so ago. I can add a few comments regarding the state of the board and its direction but I don't have any good solutions. Clock collecting and research for me are a passion and enjoyable pastime. I am not a...
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    English C.Shepherd, 53'Leadenhall str. London bracket clock

    without decent photos there isnt much point looking. Good luck.
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    English C.Shepherd, 53'Leadenhall str. London bracket clock

    Hi Alex, I can't see your photo of the strike/silent lever very well and obviously didn't see your original post otherwise I would have answered before. Normally, the arbour is sprung at the backplate as others have indicated. Although the maker of this clock adopted a different method where...
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    Thoughts on passing on a very interesting watch marred by fakery

    At the other end of the scale there was a magnificent astronomical mid 16thC Gothic clock for sale that was very similar to a well known and documented example in a large museum. The auction house wrote to the museum about the clocks and was informed by the museum that it was quite likely that...
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    Thoughts on passing on a very interesting watch marred by fakery

    Recently, two early to mid 16thC circular table (drum) clocks were for sale at auction. Both were known to me as not having movements when last for sale 10 or 20 years ago earlier or when documented in books on the subject. I pointed out to the auction house the items were fakes. The auction...
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    James Markwick Marquetry Longcase

    Thanks Ralph. They might be dolphins with teeth... When I first started collecting I learnt most of my knowledge from this page and as I gained more experience I thought I'd return the favour and post pictures and advice for newer collectors. However, after some thought I've decided to stop...
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    James Markwick Marquetry Longcase

    Feel free to start a thread somewhere else to discuss this.
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    James Markwick Marquetry Longcase

    The clock was found in Sweden and those dragon heads look like Norse/Viking dragon heads such as the ones seen on the end of the Viking boats. It seems quite possible that this clock was made for export when it was originally made and the engraving was for a Nordic owner. Further a similar...
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    James Markwick Marquetry Longcase

    Completely disagree with your comments. Sympathetic restoration not conservation. Leaving rust and verdigris on the movement is poor restoration and encourages further degradation. A restorer not being capable or too lazy to properly restore is often the reason movements are left in this state...
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    James Markwick Marquetry Longcase

    Cast spandrels from one of the originals to replace the broken ones. They are going to be gilded as they were originally.
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    James Markwick Marquetry Longcase

    Why would I want it in poor condition? Just curious too know why I'd have it done that way.....

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