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  1. NigelW

    FOUND THIS BRASS DIAL LONG CASE CLOCK YESTERDAY WITH MOST ORNATE CASE I'VE SEEN

    The illustrations of the carved cases from the Halifax area are most interesting but I am not convinced your carving is that old based on the style. The Halifax cases illustrated by Loomes are still broadly in a classical style whereas yours is trying much harder to look mediaeval or Tudor -...
  2. NigelW

    Edward Ball, Newport Pagnell Chinese lacquer longcase 30 hour.

    Very handsome. Your pics of the case are most interesting and helpful. I have plans to reinstate a caddy top to one of mine and these will be very useful.
  3. NigelW

    JUST BOUGHT THIS JAMES FOY OF TAUNTON 1788 LONG CASE CLOCK

    1788 would be very late for a brass, square, matted centre dial with minute divisions like that, even in provincial Somerset, but the lettering of the signature is unusually late in style. The illustration you have just posted is of a 30 hour clock. Yours could be a conversion but there is no...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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).
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. NigelW

    William Barrow (1710-1736) London, Grandfather Clock

    Here are some examples of cases with clocks with similar dials to yours. They are perhaps 20 or 30 years later than yours but they are from the provinces where fashions lagged behind London. The main difference is that the hood is separate from and wider than the truck.
  17. NigelW

    William Barrow (1710-1736) London, Grandfather Clock

    Good point. The cost of making a new case would not repay itself in resale value but as I do woodwork as well as clock repair I might have a go. I am in the process of remaking part of an oak case for a rather similar clock to yours.
  18. NigelW

    William Barrow (1710-1736) London, Grandfather Clock

    The dial looks a bit more like a provincial one than a London one to me (London clocks tended to have plain matt centres) but there other images on line of Barrow of London clocks with engraving similar to yours. A handsome movement which, if it were mine, I would make a new case for in a more...
  19. NigelW

    1710 Etherington Table clock with lots of bits missing

    I am now making a new set of blanks for my cutters, this time trying my best to get all the tooling as accurately set up as possible. First off is the drilling of the positioning holes. To do this I mounted my ER32 chuck directly onto my rotary table rather than onto a chuck adapter fixed to...

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