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    Big Ben Back in Action

    Interesting video on the restoration here
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    Thos. Bradford Marquetry Long Case Clock

    Where I reside, In Vancouver BC, we very rarely see any top grade early clocks as they tend to stay in the home market I was delighted to be able to acquire this one, a Thomas Bradford walnut marquetry longcase from the 1690s or 1700 or so, with a month going movement.
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    Question on early Long Case Clocks

    I was curious about the production trend for month going clocks and whether they became more or less common between the late 17th C. and mid 18th C. It seemed to me that they may have been more common early on and perhaps tapered off later? My other question is a stylistic one - when did the...
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    First World War Era Longines Trench Watch Question

    I have a Longines watch - the serial number places it in 1915. It has a black dial and gold hands (sorry I don't have any pictures at the moment) and the winder at the right side as opposed to some which located them at 4 o'clock. It has wire soldered lugs and mounts to the style of leather...
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    30 Hour Long Case with Two Weights

    Almost all of the 30 hour long case clocks I have seen operate with only one weight, but I have one that is a rope drive clock with two weights and independent ropes. Is this possibly original or is it likely to be a later modification? The clock is c. 1800 and made in Wales.
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    Question on Turkish Clock

    I have this verge escapement clock made by George Clarke of London, probably 1780 or so. It has a rope drive but within the rope is a fine chain. I have never seen that before - is it common? It is one of the 'Turkish' clocks made for the Islamic nations. A rather high number if these clocks...
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    Clock Humour

    I don't see much clock and watch humour but when I do I try to pass it on to those who might appreciate it. Hope this amuses some here.
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    Finial Decision - Long Case

    I have refurbished a 30 hour posted movement from Thomas Dicker, who was active from 1737-57 in Berks. (Clocks from him have borne a Silchester or Reading location so it appears that he moved a bit). It is a posted movement and the case appears to be period - the height is only 76" and fairly...
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    Long Case Clocks that Stop Themselves

    I usually install an anchor in a wall behind a long case clock to stabilize it - some will stop if the case moves because it is insufficiently stable. I have a question in that regard. I have a 30 day London long case which of course uses much heavier weights than the usual 8 day movement...
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    Odd Question on 30 Hour Long Case

    I just recommissioned a nice brass dial 30 hour clock that I got back from having some maintenance done on it. I set it up and started it running but something is out of adjustment as after striking once or twice it then stopped striking at all. But I am not posting to ask for suggestions for...
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    Sales Demonstration Watches

    Some manufacturers made special sales demo watches for use in jewellery stores selling their products. Here is one from Girard Perregaux (image taken from internet although I also own one). Other than this one and the well known Shell Oil watches (also by GP) is anyone aware of other...
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    Early Canadian (Datable) Clock

    This is a half column 8 day American clock manufactured by Seth Thomas for a Canadian dealer B.B. Bartlett of Augusta. Usually we can figure out a general period where clocks were made based on style etc. but this one is unusual in that the seller is noted as being in Canada West. In 1841, the...
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    Sterling Dial Pocket Watch - to Restore or Not Restore?

    Generally speaking, a tremendous amount of damage and loss of value takes place with antiques, including timepieces, due to inept or misguided restoration attempts. I have a watch from the 1870s that came down in my family, so will never be sold, so value isn't my primary purpose. Because the...
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    Electric Store Display Clock

    I have had this Girard Perregaux store clock for many years. I bought it missing the power supply and am not sure whether it is an AC or DC clock. The only indication is a stencilled '24V on the back. It is a large 17" diameter clock and I would like to use it. Does anyone know what sort of...
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    Sales Demonstration Movements

    I've seen several demo movements, usually contained between two lenticular pieces of glass held together with a metal rim. One I had is a late 1950s early 1960s Girard Perregaux Gyromatic as pictured, although the pics are from an ebay auction (mine is identical). I was wondering how common...
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    Brass Face Long Case Spandrels - Real or Copied?

    In the 'old days' it was quite hard to find replacement parts for long case clocks that were correct period pieces unless you happened to live in Britain or had a good connection with someone there. When I was missing a set of spandrels I used to take one from another clock I owned that was...
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    Dating an Early 18th Century Single Hand Long Case

    I bought this clock several months ago from a friend. The friend is in his mid 80s and his son has no interest in it at all, sadly. The clock's story was that it had been acquired by my friend's father in England in the 1940s, right before they immigrated to South Africa in the 1950s. He was a...
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    Another 18th Century Puzzle

    I always find acquiring an antique clock the beginning of a detective investigation to try and determine what was original, what was later modified and why, and the origins of the particular clock. I have one that someone here might be able to aid me with - it is an 18th century long case from...
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    18th Century Long Case Puzzle

    I recently picked up a caddy top long case only about 74" high by Thomas Dicker of Silchester whose career in Silchester spanned 1736-1757. It is a two handed 30 hour birdcage movement, but what is a little puzzling is that it has a correct 10" dial, engraved in the centre, with 4 divisions...

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