Fusee question

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  1. claussclocks

    claussclocks Registered User
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    I have a history question on fusees. Did they start out as chain only then progress to cable or were both in use simultaneously. If it was a progression when did the switch to cable come about
     
  2. gmorse

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    Hi claussclocks,

    It was neither, the earliest fusees used gut lines. I guess cable began to be used instead of chains when it became possible to make cable fine enough, and cheap enough.

    Regards,

    Graham
     
  3. jmclaugh

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    Both were in use simultaneously as chain (and gut) continued to be used after cable was and chain was always more expensive for obvious reasons.
     
  4. Jim DuBois

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    #4 Jim DuBois, Mar 29, 2020
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    There are examples of very early fusees with chain, and yet others of the same approximate period with gut. These photos are from one of our members and are of some extremely rare and early clocks. Maybe late 15th or early 16th century.

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    Lovely pieces and workmanship,
     
  6. claussclocks

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    I forgot to mention gut in my initial post. I have seen some very small fusee movements with such a small intricate chain. Like the one pictured here they are beautiful examples of craftsmanship. I have not had the opportunity to work on but a couple of fusees and the work needed was limited. One was a very large regulator in a bank that needed the cable replaced and the suspension had been damaged. It predated the cell phone with a camera so I have no picture but it was a marvelous piece of work. That branch closed some years ago and I don't know where the clock went
     
  7. JTD

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    For anyone interested in the history of fusee chain making, can I recommend the following books:

    WHITE, Allen,
    The Chain Makers
    Publisher: Christchurch Local History Association 2000

    NEWMAN, Sue,
    The Christchurch Fusee Chain Gang
    Publisher: Amberley Publishing 2010

    Both these books give details of the work done, tools use, people employed (including children from the local workhouse).

    Allen White's book, is not easy to get, though a library might be able to borrow a copy.

    Newman's book easier to find, copies are available quite cheaply through various sellers on www.used.addall.com This book is not only a very interesting read but is also beautifully illustrated with color and black and white photos.

    JTD
     
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