Marine: Chronometer Story - Bond

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    #1 burt, Mar 11, 2017
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    Here's another story of a great Chronometer, it's famous maker,it's history and restoration. For those of us who appreciate what effort and skill it requires to restore one of these remarkable instruments to running condition I included a section on that subject.
    As I wrote these were intended to be a series of articles on the subject which has be somewhat neglected in the Bulletin as I am unaware of any other published like article.

    As the Negus story was well received,and was also accepted and cataloged at the U.S.N.O. library i was somewhat encouraged to write these two follow up stories.
     

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    Another great read. Thank you.
     
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    Hi Burt,

    Thanks for posting this and also your piece on the Mercer. They provide a very well rounded view of the instruments and their working lives, and I particularly like the section on the Bond restoration by Dewey to complete the story. These instruments are indeed one of the outstanding products of our technology, and very far-reaching in their influence on so many aspects of the modern world. Well done!

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    Once again a big thank you to you Burt for your persistence in getting this excellent article "published". A wonderful read. I feel previlidged to have been part of the restoration of this fine Bond chronometer.
    Paul
     
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    burt,

    Thank you for sending me these articles last fall to read.It is hard to believe that we have people in Columbia who nitpick great research.Nutjob

    Thanks for the effort in posting your research. I am sorry for the NAWCC resistance and your problems getting then published in the Bulletin.

    Great research should be praised, instead of nitpicking.Nutjob
     
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    Jim,

    As always thank you for your continued support!

    When an authors work is re-written,shortened,re-worded to an extent that you don't even recognize it as your own thoughts by an over zealous editor what options do you have? I honestly took the "high ground" and attempted to compromise the situation but was only completely shut out of the process. My email was never answered and I never heard back from the editor again.As an example the entire first paragraph on the Mercer story was completely reworded and the first sentence changed to words I would never use or still don't understand. "The Mercer marine chronometer was in the family of the world's finest chronometers made by Thomas Mercer." What? How can you permit your name to be used as the author to words you didn't wright? Then it went down hill from there.

    I'm appreciate the opportunity to have "my words and work" available here to be read by anyone who is interested in marine chronometers. These instruments are sadly neglected in print articles in the Bulletin and my intention was to reverse that situation. I thought if I wrote in a story form and didn't get too technical perhaps we could increase our ranks and interest more collectors to this section of horology.Perhaps someone was in the navy or had a family member in that service so I tried to include the ship information and the like. Anyway the three stories along with the really nice archive of photos is my contribution to the effort.

    I welcome any questions or comments on the articles. I have a lot of information and pictures that were not used (as always) and I'm willing to share any and all information that I have.
     
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    Graham,

    I wanted to thank you personally for your kind remarks. I was hoping you would consent to my request to read these stories,before I posted them on the board, as I felt you would be an excellent critic for the job. You are certainly qualified as a experienced collector,we have no personal history and your British! I say that as a complement as it seems your fellow countrymen are some of the most passionate and serious about collecting marine chronometers and their history.

    On of the big influences to me in getting started on these projects was when I had the occasion to visit the web site of Roy C. Harris FBHI. Mr. Harris lists himself as a "UK specialist in the service ans restoration of marine chronometers" On his site he has an archive of marine chronometers pictured with descriptions and some instruments with their listed ships of service. I was so impressed with those simple list I said to myself wouldn't a chronometer with a ships history make a great story!

    It's my understanding Mr. Harris is now the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Clock Makers (est.1632)! So even though he will never know it he inspired me and my intent was to do like wise.

    Thanks again for commenting as I really do appreciate it!
     
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    Paul,

    Thank you my friend for your continued support and friendship! For those of you who don't Paul, or have seen his work, he is a Master Craftsman first class! His workmanship is some of the best I have ever seen and these restorations are not for the new or average woodworker. If you have ever closely examined the joinery on a fine chronometer box or examined fine brass stringing or inlay work you will appreciate what I''m talking about. One picture I didn't include in the Bond story was the "before" shot and how else can you judge how good the restoration was unless you see it for yourself. So here they are side by side ( first completed and restored) Second (as received minus the lid) and a couple other examples of Paul's work.[/ATTACH] Bond corking inst..png
     

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    Thank you Burt, I appreciate your support of my work.
    Paul
     
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    Paul,

    Your welcome but your work speaks for itself. I also should have mentioned your ability to match wood to an older 100 +year piece. The chronometer box again shown here was found minus it's top. It houses an important American maker Bliss and Creighton instrument. As you can see a perfect match in grain and color. This restoration also required specific joinery to match the lower portion and intricate inlaying of the brass accents. Near perfection!
     

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