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  1. J

    Did watchmakers use microscopes in the past?

    If one does a google image search for jewelers lamp, you may find pictures of multi-faceted oil lamps that burned either alcohol or kerosene. Because these lamps had multiple flat sides, they could be used in variety of positions. I know some date back to the 19th C (kerosene did not become...
  2. J

    How to dismantle Swiss platform escapement?

    Roughbarked, Graham: I beleive I have a path forward. I will look tomorrow. John
  3. J

    How to dismantle Swiss platform escapement?

    That's the issue. I don't see how the balance spring can pass through the regulator pins unless (1) one of the pins can be bent out of the way or (2) I need to completely unpin the balance spring from the stud so that the now naked balance spring can slip between the two pins of the regulator. I...
  4. J

    How to dismantle Swiss platform escapement?

    It's not apparent to me how to dismantle this platform escapement for a cylinder travelling clock. I've included a photo in which there is an arrow that points to what I see as the problem. Please do not tell me that I need to unpin the balance spring stud in order to separate the component...
  5. J

    American verge fusee watch?

    Les: Digression is the art of conversation. Anyway, it's an unimaginative man who can't think of more than one way to spell a word. John
  6. J

    American verge fusee watch?

    Aside from the watch and the misspelled city name, the most interesting thing to me is that there is a Philadelphia near Sunderland in the UK named after the American city. Go figure.
  7. J

    "John Carter" pocket watch needing restoration

    I understand your motivation for buying this movement. It certainly has a whole host of issues, including a missing regulator. It looks to be a 3/4 plate English fusee, 7j, with the chain still attached (which is good). Most definitely won't run with a broken balance pivot. That broken pivot...
  8. J

    What sort of clock is this?

    If earlier I spoke of my woodworking prowess I probably had too much to drink.
  9. J

    What sort of clock is this?

    I was asked for some pictures of the movement, and so here they are.
  10. J

    What sort of clock is this?

    And some more. Photos of the movement will come later. John
  11. J

    What sort of clock is this?

    Thank you. So a UK clock. I date it to early 19th C. Reasonable guess? The oval inlay on the door seems Sheraton to me. The back is loose. I want to stabilize the case. Here are some more photos. The dial is convex and held in place by two screws. The weight seems to be solid lead. Also have a...
  12. J

    What sort of clock is this?

    I went to a local auction today in Virginia and bought this clock in rather run-down condition. It's all there except for the dial door. It went cheap otherwise I would have skipped it. I bought it more or less as a curiosity. I have many, many pictures but most are close-ups becasue I now...
  13. J

    Junghans Flea Market Find - Fake or Not?

    That makes sense to me, so not as early as 1890-1900 as the OP may have hoped.
  14. J

    Junghans Flea Market Find - Fake or Not?

    To my eye it looks like a watch from the 1920s.
  15. J

    T F Cooper watch, Swiss or English?

    Graham: That's a good point. I have always assumed that if a regulator was marked S and F, then that watch or clock--I have a Japy Freres mantle clock so marked-- was made for an English-speaking market (Australia, Canada, England, U.S.), but things are seldom so simple..I guess it comes down...
  16. J

    T F Cooper watch, Swiss or English?

    And now for a different question, one that may be hard to answer: to whom was this watch marketed? The name on the case is Cooper, a well-known English retailer/maker back in the day. Was the targeted market England by virtue of name recognition as Cooper would have been a name recognized (like...
  17. J

    T F Cooper watch, Swiss or English?

    I have a question for Major146, and this is a follow-up to Dr. Jon's comment. You write that you are a U.S. Civil War reenactor. Could you make some general comments with regards to what you and other reenactors of this specific war look for in a watch? I would find that interesting, not just...
  18. J

    T F Cooper watch, Swiss or English?

    Most certainly Swiss made. And probably 0.800 silver.
  19. J

    Can paint be sanded or treated with 0000 steel wool?

    Thomas: I will post them, but maky take a day or two.
  20. J

    Can paint be sanded or treated with 0000 steel wool?

    Is it possible to sand paint or at least treat it with very fine steel wool? I seem to vaguely recall having read something to that effect. I have a Swiss wall clock in a picture frame. It was in bad shape when I got it. The frame was originally painted with flat black paint. I subsequently hand...

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