English French clock ID.

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  1. Botlared

    Botlared Registered User

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    Does anybody know what GR means on the plate of a french clock.
    I am also looking for a replacement escape wheel for this clock (visible escapement).
    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. zedric

    zedric Registered User

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    Hi John
    Do you have a picture of what you mean? Without a photo or better description, it could be anything from a repairer's initials to a trade mark
     
  3. Botlared

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    Hi Zedric,

    Hoping not to have to pull clock apart again. I will if I have to.
    But here goes. The letters GR are stamped into the front plate, like trade mark. They are around 3/8 inch high. So, if I can find out if these letters represent some identity, I can then go searching for the damaged escape wheel.

    Regards,

    John Baker.
     
  4. JTD

    JTD Registered User

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    Many companies used the initials GR as their trade mark. Without knowing more about the movement it is impossible to say whether your clock is one of these. You say it is a 'french clock'. Many French movements had no maker's mark apart from that of the finisseur, as the movements were assembled from parts made by many difference tradesmen.

    We really need to see the mark.

    Even if the mark could be identified, I don't know how it would help very much to find a replacement escape wheel. What is the damage to the present wheel? It might be repairable or, if not, another wheel could be cut by a specialist wheel cutter.

    JTD
     
  5. jmclaugh

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    If you google "french clock marked GR" a carriage clock is for sale with GR in what appears to be an oval on the backplate, no maker is attributed to the mark.
     
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    If in an oval, that would seem to be a finisseur's initials.
     
  7. brian fisher

    brian fisher Registered User

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    are you missing the escape wheel or is it simply damaged? is your movement a round plate variety? is it a peldule de paris? the problem is that very little if any parts interchange in these movements. the number of teeth on the escape wheel seemed to vary greatly based on pendulum length. honestly, i think we are looking for a needle in a haystack with what you have given us so far.
     
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    #8 jmclaugh, Jan 14, 2020
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    Tue and it really doesn't matter who the maker is with regard to the escapement wheel ,which sounds like a Brocot deadbeat, as it is unlikely the identity of GR will be made or that it will help with the repair or replacement of it.
     

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