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  1. NigelW

    Dividing Head for Mill

    Mr Tompion and others made some pretty nice clocks without CNC, but it certainly makes life easier. During the COVID lockdown I have been unable to access my club's workshop so finally got round to investing in some more kit for my home workshop. My club has an electronic indexer mounted on a...
  2. NigelW

    Any info on Samuel Smith of Newcastle?

    Thomas, John and Joseph Swinnerton. My maternal grandmother was a Swinnerton, descended from John. Clocks by signed by Thomas and Joseph seem to be more common than those signed by their brother.
  3. NigelW

    Any info on Samuel Smith of Newcastle?

    Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire had an significant clock making industry in the 18th century. An ancestor of mine was one of three brothers who were clockmakers there in the late 17th and early 18th century. I have a lantern clock c.1680 signed by his older brother.
  4. NigelW

    Longcase Restoration Project

    The case may be largely original to the clock but the carving is probably Victorian i.e. done 100 years or more after it was originally made. The hood does not look quite right and may have been altered, the swan neck pediment moulding in particular looks wrong and the turned pillars may be...
  5. NigelW

    Restoring matting on brass dial clocks

    Looking closely at mine it seems it was done with a square punch. The slightly flattened area is next to the the hour hand, and hidden by it in the "before" photo. I suppose one could try making a similar punch?
  6. NigelW

    Restoring matting on brass dial clocks

    Is it possible to restore the matting on old brass dial clock? The dial on one of mine has had some later holes plugged but the restorer left some scratch marks in the matting and one small area of matting is slightly flattened. The scratching is very light and only visible when the light...
  7. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    Just had an email from my dial and case restorer. Both are finished. The mechanism restoration is more or less designed and some tooling up has been achieved but I am far from completing it.
  8. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    Used my Vertex rotary table today with an ER32 collet chuck mounted on it to slash the teeth on my first gear cutter. Stages of cutter development shown in second piucture, alongside a commercial Thornton cutter. Still need to heat treat, polish and test.
  9. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    Finally got back to making my gear cutters. To check the width and depth of the cutters I need to make I have looked again at the existing wheels. Teeth on clocks of this age are square bottomed and are formed with a more or less parallel sided cut, with the teeth only curved over at the top...
  10. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    These photos compare the dials and under dial work of two Etherington clocks which I believe may be close in date. The first dial is more finely engraved and has four subsidiary dials with the alarm setting dial in the centre (clockwise from top left, strike/silent, rise and fall, day of the...
  11. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    The Hobson book is a facsimile of a sketchbook kept for private use and never intended for publication plus some black and white photos of only reasonable quality. There is very little description and analysis and few if any of the mechanisms are described in full. Useful, certainly, but...
  12. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    I did find a copy of the Hobson book and it has been useful. Production quality and photos are not up to modern standards however.
  13. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    Another thing that all three of these appear to have in common is that the maximum rotation of the main quarter repeat arbor for any given sequence is about a quarter of a turn, which will occur when the time is between a quarter to the hour and the hour itself when three quarters will be...
  14. NigelW

    Identifying grandfather clock movement

    Loomes (Brass dial clocks) shows an arcaded chapter ring on a square dial which he dates to 1740 (p. 174). Arched dial examples he dates to 1750s (p 260), 1750-60 (p 287), about 1760 (p 292).
  15. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    This picture compares the underdial quarter repeat work of three quite similar clocks by different makers. The V-lever (B in the Gould) appears to be in constant contact with the quarter snail in both the Etherington and the Quare but in the Gould it has a pin which allows it to be lifted clear...
  16. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    I was very privileged at the weekend to be allowed to remove the dial and inspect at close quarters what is probably one of the best clocks ever made by Etherington. It is far superior to mine in finish but was probably made at around the same time so it shares many of the same mechanical...
  17. NigelW

    Fusee verge re-conversion help

    Single train clocks with a dummy second winding hole are not unknown and it might be worth exploring whether this was originally the case with yours. If so, it would have been subject to a substantial rebuild to add a striking train as well as a conversion to anchor. The large hole in the...
  18. NigelW

    Fusee verge re-conversion help

    I have spent most of the last year self isolating in rural Kent, away from my clock workshop in London. I received the vaccination earlier this week so I hope to be able to get back to my clocks before too long.
  19. NigelW

    Fusee verge re-conversion help

    I am trying to do something similar with a clock from about 1710 which is missing its quarter repeat, its alarm and its verge escapement. I have never done anything like it before and have been recording my adventure, largely put on ice during the COVID pandemic because of the closure of my...

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