Recent content by Michael Hancock

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    Urgos Regulation - On the VERGE of going nuts!

    I know it is five years later but I’m intrigued to know whether you ever resolved your problems. I too am an engineer and a clock enthusiast and have everything from a 200 year old English bell strike to a mid 1950s Perivale and a Urgos UW32, so I’m interested to know what transpired. It sounded...
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    Typical Accuracy

    In my case the best performer is the almost 200 year old long case clock even though it has a pretty badly damaged escapement wheel. It is weight driven and keeps within 30 to 60 seconds a week. The most modern of the three the Perivale shorter case clock, spring driven from the 50s does very...
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    Typical Accuracy

    I have to agree, if I want accuracy I just look at my phone, or my 40 year old Seiko that my wife gave me as I have one too! However, it’s quite satisfying getting mechanical devices that are up to 200 years old working as well as they possibly can and I certainly know that there’s a time to...
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    Typical Accuracy

    Thank you for your reply. I am very much an amateur, with an engineering background, doing this work for myself!
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    Typical Accuracy

    Yes indeed. It’s only between windings that I have been looking at. My English longcase actually runs backwards very well during the entire winding process (and it has been suggested by another member in another post that the pendulum should be stopped during winding to prevent possible damage...
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    Typical Accuracy

    I've been doing a lot of work over the last few months on my clocks. Something to do with COVID, I think.... Anyway, I have three that I keep going 24/7 and I have been closely monitoring their accuracy as I make various tweaks. They are: A classic English movement bell strike from...
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    Gloves

    Could not find my cotton gloves the other day and knew I would be working on one of my clocks a lot over the next few days, so I was about to buy some surgical or similar gloves, when I came across something in Home Depot that I thought would really suit the job. They are Painters gloves...
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    Backwards - Scottish long case

    Thank you so much. I will send you a message on this.
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    Backwards - Scottish long case

    Wow, how fantastic. Thank you. Will pass this on to my sisters and cousins, who will remember the image of the ship from their childhood. I have had the clock in my possession since 1989 but as mentioned earlier, remember it at my aunt’s for ten years before that and at my grandmother’s since...
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    Backwards - Scottish long case

    I had no idea that my post would generate so much feedback from members who obviously "know their stuff"! Thank you. After mentioning the paddlewheel subject to my wife Cynthia, she went over to the clock, looking at the dial, and said, "sure it has a paddlewheel". Naturally, I went and took...
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    Backwards - Scottish long case

    That’s really interesting. I was wondering what that damage was caused by. The clock is missing parts of the date train or may have had a different dial installed at some time because the date is totally non-functioning. Unfortunately I cannot ask my aunt or grandmother about the winding of the...
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    Backwards - Scottish long case

    Just this morning I managed to find some info on the maker, Hugh McKirdy. I found the book online. There's only one reference to date, 1836, and of course it does not mean that he made this clock in that year. I was quite surprised as he was not in Britten's large book, old edition or reprint...
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    Backwards - Scottish long case

    I have managed to get some shots of the case, movement and information on the maker.

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