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  1. Jim Duncan

    17th century clock find, barnfresh!

    Is the red coating under the brown color a "primer" to improve paint adhesion? Or might it be to keep away the wood borers? Still a nice journey you have given us! Jim
  2. Jim Duncan

    French Pendule Religieuse by Chauvin of Lyon

    Dean - The paper backing under the dial plate - what is the image? I can't make out the subject. Thanks. Jim
  3. Jim Duncan

    Frisian "staartschippertje"

    Great find (again!). Do you know - when these clocks were new (c1850) were the small ones cheaper than the standard ones (less metal)? Or did they cost more because they were uncommon? Nice video, too! Jim
  4. Jim Duncan

    Large Cuckoo - What is it?

    Dave I'm no expert on cuckoo clocks, having worked on only 2 of them in my 12 years of old clocking. But those 2 clocks taught me a few things. Older cuckoos are not high tech, but they can be maddening to work on with all their levers. Take a lot of photos (and sketches) before you...
  5. Jim Duncan

    17th century clock find, barnfresh!

    On the x-ray there are very clear layout lines for the chapter ring partitions. Can you tell if these are made with pencil or scribed/etched into the wood? Can they be seen through the paint, or are they now covered with filling and paint? I am wondering how they stand out so clear in the...
  6. Jim Duncan

    17th century clock find, barnfresh!

    It's good to hear life long experiences with old clock care and feeding. It looks like a wooden dial. Would you have treated a painted metal dial any differently? If you wanted to touch up some of the old paint how would you remove the beeswax? Thanks again, Jim
  7. Jim Duncan

    17th century clock find, barnfresh!

    Did you wax the dial? Jim
  8. Jim Duncan

    17th century clock find, barnfresh!

    Astounding find and capture! Amazing that it escaped the beetles and worms all those years. We look forward to more revelations on this clock. Are there any maker's marks or indications where precisely it was produced? Will you be able to get the dial x-ray'd for old paint underneath...
  9. Jim Duncan

    Why did E. Howard paint their marble cases?

    Thanks for the photos, Jim. Delaney Antique Clocks has a website that states that the E. Howard marble clocks were made from marble. The pine back case was painted white. The selling auction got back to me with an answer to my question by saying that the numerals and minute rings were painted...
  10. Jim Duncan

    Why did E. Howard paint their marble cases?

    Don't know. This is my first encounter with E. Howard's "stone". Auction house refers to it as "painted marble". I would expect good material from E. Howard based on reputation, but I've never had one of their clocks myself. Jim
  11. Jim Duncan

    Why did E. Howard paint their marble cases?

    I recently came across an online auction where an E. Howard wall clock was offered. The case was described as painted marble, and the photo showed a white, slightly marbleized (or smudgy) dial. The chapter ring numerals were painted on and a bit faded/worn. I'd attach a photo but the auction...
  12. Jim Duncan

    Early 19th c. German three train hook and spike, iron dial, long pendulum

    Chris - Another semi-mysterious, süddeutsche clock! Perhaps I have a long lost sibling, that so far has defied identity. I made up some comparo views. The seller of my semi-mysterious version was an antique seller in Austria. She thinks it is south German or Swiss, and dates it to 1730. I...
  13. Jim Duncan

    John fessler grandfather clock

    Dale - If you wanted a thorough history of dial maker Osborne, check out CLOCKS magazine (clocksmagazine.com) issue January 2020 through April. John Robey is eminently qualified to tell the story and does it very well. Jim
  14. Jim Duncan

    A faceless wooden wheel clock from central Europe

    Dean - The "system" couldn't find Frank Snyder Do you know of any other way to contact him? Jim
  15. Jim Duncan

    A faceless wooden wheel clock from central Europe

    Collecting inspiration from assorted members with uncommon tastes and adventures. Jim
  16. Jim Duncan

    A faceless wooden wheel clock from central Europe

    Let me see, I owe some responses and photos. First the bell and bell stand that replaced the missing pieces but used existing holes. Then whether the iron teeth are individual teeth or a "wreath" of teeth as Schaaf describes them. I tried to take close up photos, but it was not so easy. The...
  17. Jim Duncan

    A faceless wooden wheel clock from central Europe

    Peter - Have you ever seen Black Forest shield clocks with modern type pinions (leafs in place of trundles)? If so, I wonder what years they were used. Aitor - I will add some photos that you requested, and some that add to the mystery of this particular clock. I did not know that the...
  18. Jim Duncan

    A faceless wooden wheel clock from central Europe

    Hi Chris - Took me a bit to recall that Aitor is ballistarius, but the PM is away. Jim
  19. Jim Duncan

    A faceless wooden wheel clock from central Europe

    I’m seeking help to identify a somewhat uncommon wooden clock that is missing key pieces to complete the picture. The photos tell most of the story. The clock was obtained out of western Germany where the seller bought it some years before as-is from a collector in southern Germany. Missing...
  20. Jim Duncan

    British longcase calendars - did "flip" times depend on religions?

    It was pointed out to me that in Richard Barder's book "English Country Grandfather Clocks" (1983) that Barder mentions setting up the date wheel trip action, and the times of 6 am and 6 pm are used. No mention made of why those times, but it seems to me that 6 am and pm are more natural...
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