Does anyone make a nice looking weight-driven movement I can display?

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  1. Robert Gift

    Robert Gift Registered User

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    Without paying a fortune, I would love to mount a clock on the wall enclosed in Plexiglass without a face where everything could be seen.

    Thank you.
     
  2. upstateny

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    Just a couple of thoughts:

    Do you plan to run the movement or just display?
    Are you interested in a longcase movement or wall clock movement?
    Both Kieninger and Hermle have in the past offered some models of movements with polished plates or completely polished, they are quite attractive when polished.
    Kieninger also offered a clear acrylic dial for the KSU/RSU series of movements, if you are going to run it you might as well be able to have it tell time.
    There is one of the clear dials with chapter ring on e-bay right now, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kieninger-clear-Acrylic-grandfather-clock-dial-290X290-for-KSU-RSU-movement-/282363562705?hash=item41be2e0ad1:g:NlkAAOSwfVpYplD1

    The dial is being sold by a fellow in Ontario Canada I have done buisness with before, not a crook!

    Dial is 11.4 inches square, with seconds ring and dial feet, it is new.

    Sligh also made a shelf/table clock with all polished movement and four glass sides. Is supposed to be a copy of the one presented to the Queen on her silver jubilee.
     
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    We are not allowed to post links to current auctions.

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  4. Steven Thornberry

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    In general that is correct, and I for one would be eternally happy if folks would refrain from posting such links in the open forums and confine such communications to e-mail or PM's. That said, I will let this one go, since it could be construed as a part for completion of a product, available in quantity, even if the quantity is only 3.
     
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    Yes.

    For my money, the 8 day Forestville movement is a pretty (especially when cleaned up unlike the movement in the pic below) genuinely antique American clock movement. Loose ones do pop up now and then.


    Be patient, wait to get something that's well made and has some value.

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    Sorry about that, I did it to point someone at an example. Steven you may delete my offending post.
     
  7. Steven Thornberry

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    It doesn't offend me in this instance.
     
  8. upstateny

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    I was not suggesting that it did. I offended the rules.
     
  9. novicetimekeeper

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    Don't know about over there but over here you can pick up a 250 year old posted frame movement for under £100.
     
  10. Raymond Rice

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    RM, I agree with you -- the 8 day lyre works combines beauty and economy in the use of brass. Mine is hidden inside a plain old OG -- seems a pity.
    Ray Rice
     
  11. Willie X

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    For starters you may want to consider an open frame Hermle time only wall clock. I have several of them and they are quite nice. Movement is on the small side with all wheels in a straight vertical line. It has an ornamental 4# iron weight and passing bell strike. It just strikes once at the top of each hour. Good movement, nice looking, for pacino dinero.
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    I make these from movements I have rescued from Gingerbread/OG clocks whose cases were trashed or from movements only that I pick up. If I can't salvage the case at least I can save the movement. All are fully rebuilt and functional. I don't have a picture but the last one I did was a weight driven OG. These make nice conversation pieces and educational tools. People really like to see the wheels and levers in action. especially the ones with alarms.


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    Great looking conversation pieces PaPa!!
     
  14. Willie X

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    Nice work there PaPa.
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  15. Robert Gift

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    #15 Robert Gift, Mar 7, 2017
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    Thank you, all

    Wow, PaPa clock!
    Love your plaque-mounted movements. The red wood is an especially nice contrast to the brass.

    Wanting the clock to keep time, I thoughthathe movement would need to be protected in Plexiglass with pendulum and weights outside the housing.
    But even better if it can be totally exposed.

    (Still seeking thin wires to power narrow incandescent lamps to gently illuminate the chains, weight and pendulum in Ridgeway model 304 case.
    The sides of the case have glass.)
     
  16. Kevin W.

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    I like the idea of a clock movement on the wall with a plexi glass case. I have a weight driven old regulator movement that i would love to do that with, as i doubt a case for it will ever be found.
     
  17. novicetimekeeper

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    Re: Thank you, all

    I have longcase clocks without cases running on shelf brackets, it would not be difficult to have one run with a plexiglass dial. The only slight complication with English movements is that the spring tension on the hands rubs on the back of the dial. However the movements are attractive and very open in construction.

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  18. Robert Gift

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    Wow! Nice!
    Since you drive on the WRONG side of the road, I am surprised your clocks do not run backwards.
    Or it that just for clocks south of the Equator?
    (Years ago, from an old sychronized motor clock I removed the "direction pawl" to run the clock counter-clockwise!
    Wish that I could have made a dial for it.
     
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    The side of the road we drive on is based on the way Romans (and everybody else) mounted horses. (we were never invaded by Napoleon so had no reason to change it)

    We had an electric clock when I was a kid that would often run backwards after a power cut.
     
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    Can't beat an older verge and crownwheel comtoise clock movement for pure visual appeal, in my opinion. They aren't worth much with missing case parts like the side doors or original dial and The iron frame makes fitting Plexiglass panels a snap.
     
  21. bruce linde

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    Re: Thank you, all

    here's a double-wind seth thomas seconds movement i have mounted on a simple piece of wood... you should be checking out movements for sale on ebay


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    Nice! Love the 1-second tick.
     
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    thx... btw, 'nice looking' is in the eye of the beholder.

    you might want to window shop ebay for 'antique clock movement' until you start seeing things that might work for your intended purpose.
     
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    A decade or so ago, it became popular to enclose Morbier movements in plexiglass, with a clear dial. THey look nice when polished up, and they're very interesting to watch.
    Merrits used to sell a backwards running quartz movement, and a backwards dial, too. They were popular in bars.
     
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    Take your pick[​IMG]
     

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    Clearly I am wrong when I say I don't have room for more clocks
     
  27. Jim DuBois

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    Nice collection of movements! Any list of what is there or any more photos? A few I recognize but....
     
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    This is a New Haven I rebuilt for a customer after the glass, bezel, hands, dial and pan were badly damaged. The case took a little work, but not bad. While discussing prices of replacing all the rest, the customer said they would love to be able to see the movement. There is a piece of glass in behind the chapter ring to protect the movement and they wanted the hands to stand out from the brass movement to be able to read the time better. They then had me convert a camel back with a rack and snail. I can't find a picture of that one. I don't really like surgery on an old clock, but it was their dime and they seem happy. Customer participation repairs are so much fun!
     

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