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  1. NigelW

    Hazards of showing off one's clock on Zoom!

    The case, pre-crash, is in the first pic. The other three are all clocks of about the same date from the same town, the last having a movement by the same maker too. The plinth on mine is modern. Not only was it not fitted straight relative to the trunk but by comparison with the others it is...
  2. NigelW

    Hazards of showing off one's clock on Zoom!

    During a Zoom discussion earlier today with fellow members of my clock club I though I would talk about the oak case of my c. 1755 Nathanial Hedge of Colchester longcase (a restoration project yet to be started). After talking about the hood and showing it closer range to my PC's camera I...
  3. NigelW

    Williamson Equation Clock

    Another, put up at Bonham's, but not sold it would seem: Bonhams : A very rare first half of the 18th century walnut longcase clock showing solar time Joseph Williamson, London
  4. NigelW

    Williamson Equation Clock

    I got my first post wrong - solar time is currently lagging mean time, so the time shown should have been half past three if mean time was quarter to four. The subsidiary dial was just a calendar wheel as far as I could see. I wasn't paying attention to the ticks and tocks so I am not sure of...
  5. NigelW

    Williamson Equation Clock

    I came across this clock yesterday in the Ashmolean museum in Oxford, which was labelled as an equation clock but with no technical description. The movement was not visible. It was going and the hands on the main dial were showing Greenwich Mean Time. I looked long and hard at it and just...
  6. NigelW

    Clocks not subject to capital gains tax in the UK?

    I have been wondering what the tax position would be if I bought a clock, restored it, and sold it on for a profit. If I was doing this frequently Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs would no doubt want to tax me as a business, but in general they don't like granting hobbyists business status...
  7. NigelW

    Late Drocourt carriage clock with replaced platform escapement

    Thanks Jonathan; just emailed him for advice.
  8. NigelW

    Late Drocourt carriage clock with replaced platform escapement

    In the case of my clock I very much doubt the cost would be justified, but my sister's is a much better example. Similar ones to hers are priced by dealers at £5,000 plus in good condition with original escapements.
  9. NigelW

    Late Drocourt carriage clock with replaced platform escapement

    Now that you mention it, it could not be anything else but clock! Strange how that never occurred to me. I think the problem with the clock restorations undertaken by my father in the 1970s which resulted in the replacement of the original escapements was that he lived in a provincial town...
  10. NigelW

    Late Drocourt carriage clock with replaced platform escapement

    Having looked closely at pictures of other Drocourt clocks something else strikes me as not quite right with mine. The spade hands are consistent in design with other examples but the minute hand seems too short - surely it should reach at leas as far as the minute divisions on the dial? The...
  11. NigelW

    Late Drocourt carriage clock with replaced platform escapement

    I have recently inherited a carriage clock from my late mother. It seems to be a late Drocourt with strike and repeater on a gong with a plain enamel dial in a gorge case: It has the DG stamp on the back plate in a oval with lighthouse type device between the letters. The serial number on...
  12. NigelW

    Henri Marc Clock

    This clock belonged to my grandparents and then my parents. It was much despised and mocked when we were growing up. It never ran, its glass dome was broken by the cleaner in the 1970s and it was relegated to the spare bedroom. Over the years it has grown on me and now sits on my drawing...
  13. NigelW

    antique clock 1830

    I believe it is possible to date French clocks of this type by looking at aspects of their mechanisms. What kind of pendulum suspension does it have for example? Does it have a count wheel or a snail for determining how many hours to strike? ftp://atmosman.com/pdf/french.pdf
  14. NigelW

    200 years apart

    These two brass cased clocks of mine have some superficial similarities but were made almost exactly 200 years apart. On the left is a lantern clock which Brian Loomes, who has researched the maker and examined the clock, dates to the early 1670s. I have only just acquired it and it doesn't...

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