Double Fusee Bracket Clock by Horne/London any info helpful

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  1. WIngraham

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    Hello all, I just recently added a few more clocks to my collection. One of which is a large double fusee bracket (?) clock. I am pretty new to collecting and this is my first English made clock, and fusee movement. I picked it up from auction in an after sale, I guess it was overlooked because of the many layers of dirt. Just taking it out the box coated my hands in it! To my novice eyes it looks like a high quality movement, it seems to have all of its components. It came with a very old looking crank, the pendulum and of course a broken suspension spring. I did not try to wind it and dont plan to until I have the clock shop go through it. It is really filthy, both chains look to be in there. There is always a piece of twine connected to what looks like a pull repeat. The back door middle panel has many repair signatures, most recent being 1963. Would this have been glass originally?

    I plan to tackle the case myself, I have had some success with case work recently I posted one that I did a few months ago (Anglo-American short drop wall clock). The brass inlay is all present, but there is quite a few losses to the veneer. Nothing that is too distracting I think. Maybe I will have to learn how to repair it, there is definitely the information to do so on here. The dial glass was cracked pre-shipment, but still arrived in one piece. The shipping guy was phenomenal, I'm always worried about shipping nightmares.

    Hopefully a few people have gotten this far, I have a few questions about the clock that I am sure some of you can answer. Is Horne the maker of the clock? I dont have any reference books with English clockmaking. The back of the movement is etched with Horne and London as well as it being painted on the dial. What do you think is the approximate age of this clock. Also, what kind of wood do you think this is? It looks like rosewood to my untrained eye.

    Sorry for the longwinded-ness I am really just getting into this and am brimming with questions. I have and always do appreciate any information that is given on this board. Thanks, William

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  2. Ticktocktime100

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    Hi,

    Your clock is indeed a high quality double Fusee bracket clock. A very nice acquisition indeed, which will look fabulous once restored. It's a real bonus that it has the original crank, pendulum, bell etc. Going by the style and the inlay it looks to be Regency period to me, which would make it circa 1820-1830. I recall seeing the name Horne on other examples, I believe he was among the better London makers. But I know we have many specialists in English clocks on the board who own the appropriate reference books, so they will no doubt be along with more precise information. I agree about the back door panel - there was definitely glass originally, as you suggest.

    Regards.
     
  3. DeanT

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    There is a Henry Horne listed Baillie a 1813 CC 1820.
     
  4. DeanT

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    He was apprenticed to William Ballard on 6th Sept 1813 and freed 9th Oct 1820.
     
  5. novicetimekeeper

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    You have the benefit of a signature on the backplate which is a huge bonus as so often as you go further into the 19th century the decoration becomes minimal and the signature disappears.

    The L shaped bracket that holds the movement is a different colour and may be a later replacement.
     
  6. jmclaugh

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    A nice clock which is in need of some tlc. There are a few makers in London with the name Horne in the early part of the 19th C so with no first name who knows which one. Both glass and silk was used on the rear door. The pagoda style top isn't very common on bracket clocks in my experience.
     
  7. P.Hageman

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    I always liked these type of clocks, very high quality and when completely restored did cost a fortune untill quite recently. A very interesting project to get it back into its former glory. Succes!
     
  8. WIngraham

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    Thank you all for the information. I always like to have history behind a clock. I have gotten in touch with a professional to take a look at the case, I think it is beyond me right now, I would really like to do it justice. DeanT where do you find your information? I am becoming more interested in English and French clocks of the first half of the 19th century. I purchased Loomes' Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World but have not received it yet due to current events. Jmclaugh I think the top is what really stood out for me.
     
  9. DeanT

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    Baillie Watchmaker and Clockmakers of the World Vol1 and also http://www.clockmakers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/CCMASTERSFINAL-amended-31May13.pdf

    There's similar ones in some of my books. The georgian bracket by barder is probably the best book on these clocks but its rare and expensive.
     
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    :)
     
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    I managed to locate one in a local used bookstore that is giving a stay at home discount, still not cheap but I think a good reference book is invaluable. Thank you for the pointer.
     
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    Hi William,

    Did you get book? If so did you like it?
     
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    #14 daveR, Apr 9, 2020
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    Thanks for the clockmakers link.
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  15. DeanT

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    No probs....i have lots more and a pile of books you might like to borrow post the virus thingy.....
     
  16. WIngraham

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    DeanT, yes I got it the other day, thanks again. I havent really scratched the surface of it yet. The background section looks very interesting. For a beginner the pictures and detailed descriptions are a great visual aid, I cant imagine the time it took to put this together. Some of the clocks pictured are unbelievable :eek:
     

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