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    New antique clock

    Kevin, thank you for your thoughtful sentiment but it's past the time for me to leave. My interests and approach are simply different from the mainstream of this forum. I do not fit in. Best wishes. Michael
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    New antique clock

    Steven, I was actually trying to clarify and be helpful because I felt Laprade's comments were making the discussion confusing. Perhaps you can see it that way. I was stating facts; yes, even when I commented on Laprade's approach. I gave him an honest and valid suggestion. My comments...
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    New antique clock

    Honestly Laprade, I don't understand why you insist on your personal opinions as being rules/truth on horological matters. I think some of your comments venture into areas of fancy and meanderings. OTOH, I do buy and collect such clocks so I am not at all interested in personal speculation - I...
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    New antique clock

    Laprade, I can appreciate your personal opinion as regards the styling period of wilf's clock... Louis XV vs. Louis XIV. Unfortunately, your experience and knowledge of the earlier clocks would appear to be somewhat lacking. I was only reporting a well-established fact. The styling of wilf's...
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    New antique clock

    Wilf, the Kjellberg book is in French-only. It covers the many periods of French clocks, with a focus on the earlier ones. It's a nice book with great photos that does a decent job of discussing the appearance of these clocks but it's not very methodical or technical, nothing on movements and...
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    New antique clock

    antiekeradio, I think you meant the clock was made around the period of the (French) "Second Empire" and not that it is a clock in the style of "Le Second Empire". The styling of wilf's clock is "Louis XIV Period" (page 33 in Kjellberg). Judging purely from wilf's photos, I would say the clock...
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    New antique clock

    Tom, what you say about 19C reproductions of original (late 17C and early 18C) French Boulle style (réligieuse) clocks is generally correct. However, your information alluding to original 17C/18C clocks having round movements is completely untrue. The original spring-driven pendulum movements...
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    Warning!! definately a newbe question here

    "Tempus fugit" is simply a common Latin saying which today would be interpreted to mean "time flies". Here is the Wikipedia blurb on this saying if you don't believe me. You can find this saying on many clocks from the 18C onwards through to modern day replicas. It's nothing special. From my...
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    E. Rivett Lathe

    Well, maybe not RJ. I am attaching a photo of a carbon fiber digital thickness gauge that several sellers are advertising on eBay... starting at around $10 and BIN prices at around $14. It appears to have a lever action and I think one could use epoxy glue and some appropriate add-ons to...
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    Do you guys like this little gem ?

    I like the polishing on the bevels and the regulator's construction and finishing on the Patek better than on the other watches shown. Michael
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    E. Rivett Lathe

    RJ, I see Jerry's made some excellent advice and tips about measuring on the lathe as you have also alluded to the problems if the work has to be removed for measurement. I want to also emphasize the usefulness of spring-loaded jaws on the measuring tool. And I'm attaching again the photo I...
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    E. Rivett Lathe

    Hey RJ, good to catch up with you! All's well indeed! I've been immersed in major "domestic projects" lately and haven't had much opportunity to pursue my horological interests. I'm away from home at the moment and the MB is a nice way to stay in touch. You're right though, I didn't notice...
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    Restoration of Viennese Gilt Picture Frame Clock

    It's just my opinion but I think if the contrasting-colour centre panels have clean and accurate coverage around the spandrels, swags and other decoration details, then I would suspect they were original colours. It's much simpler for someone to just paint over everything when an original...
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    E. Rivett Lathe

    Bob, my recollection is that my Perton was more tolerant than other lathes with regard to compatibility with 8 mm collets and WW-pattern accessories. Perton lathes do appear a bit plain with regard to aesthetic detailing but my lathe was very robust, smooth-running with excellent fitting. It...
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    How do you measure balance staffs?

    I'm away from home at the moment but I have tools relevant to the original question. I actually posted my photo before but people probably forgot about it. I picked up a number of spring-loaded measuring instruments from the Hamilton watch factory in Lancaster, PA some time ago. The tools...
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    Longcase weights: which way round?

    Chris, I am not Vienna-style wall clock collector but I imagine their weights would have been chosen for the same mechanical reasons as longcase ones. I believe original Vienna wall clocks were very well-made so their going trains would not have needed "extra help". I looked at a few high-end...
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    Longcase weights: which way round?

    Chris, the heavier, 13 lb. weight is generally used on the strike train. 11 lbs. is the norm for a longcase going train. I don't think any damage would occur over a short period but the robust strike action works better with a heavier weight. When a clock strikes, the wheels have to get going...
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    Help to date English longcase clocks

    Hmmm, a simple thought came to mind. I think it would be extremely difficult to peen a harder metal (brass) against a softer metal (pewter) which is providing the beveled hole. The hammering process involved would likely destroy the beveled pewter hole. Peening would only work if the stud...
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    Help to date English longcase clocks

    Laprade, actually the studs are peened, not riveted. I would think peening requires the base material of the chapter ring to be much more stable and rigid than riveting because the stud would only grip the base using a beveled fitting. A beveled edge is a tiny sliver of metal and if made of...
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    Help to date English longcase clocks

    Laprade, I see you have followed up with a posting after our short private discussion on this matter. While I can appreciate your sentiments and respect for horological works from other lands I think there are inconsistencies with regard to this discussion. As I indicated to you, I have some...
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