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Feathers (of the non-metallic kind)

Sooth

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I came across a print for sale yesterday (eBay) and it was clock related. I really liked it, and the price was right, so I bought it.

The print is by an artist by the name of Charles Spencelayh, who also made many other paintings that feature clocks in them.

I do have one question, however. What is he doing with the feather and the glass vial? There is at least one other print showing another clockmaker who also has a vial with a feather on a table.

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The other print with the same vial/feather can be seen here:
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Hayson

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Can't say for sure (and I don't know if any of us here are old enough for that), but I've got a horrible feeling he's oiling the bloody thing. :eek::eek:
 

harold bain

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Looks like the same guy, 20 years apart. Maybe he is oiling his beard:eek: Maybe the beginning of "grecian Formula".
 

Tom Kloss

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Can't say for sure (and I don't know if any of us here are old enough for that), but I've got a horrible feeling he's oiling the bloody thing. :eek::eek:
That's correct he is oiling the clock. Heard somewhere the was the oiler of choice in France. I think they used a goose feather. :?| :bang:

T. J. Kloss :cool:
 

bkerr

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You guys are completly wrong!

The oil brush is the one with the red handle. He is putting the dirt from the clock in that jar as he cleans.:eek:
 

Hayson

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Looks like the same guy, 20 years apart. Maybe he is oiling his beard:eek: Maybe the beginning of "grecian Formula".
As long as he didn't use his beard to oil the clock! Come to think... he might as well have.
 

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Agreed! I like both prints. Now I would not have been bidding on them but certainly appreciate the artists' rendering. Very nice, SOO!
 

Jeremy Woodoff

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Just as the tip of a feather would be shaped to make a writing pen, I'm sure it could be shaped into a fine point for oiling. The hollow in the feather stem would hold some oil, which would be released when touched to the pivot--just as with ink.

By the way, I need a dial just like the one in the illustration for my whizzing-work clock.
 

Hayson

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Er..... I think he's using it as a paint brush not a precision instument Jeremy. Just judging by what one can see in the print, but also by the "folk wisdom" of ordinary folk who talk about their old people being told how they were advised to run an oily feather through the movement of their clocks to keep them sweet.

Perhaps you could track down the heirs of the fella in the print and see if they'll sell you the clock :)
 

Sooth

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Scottie, the print is something like 17.5 x 13.5 inches. It's a decent size, and I believe it's the same size as the original, since many of his other paintings were about this size.

I honestly can't remember how I found it. I may have just been browsing "clocks" and ran across it.
 

Kevin W.

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Not bad Sooth, a neat find, even if not a accurate depiction of clock repair, still cool.:)
 

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