Girod clocks: another pictorial guide

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  1. chimeclockfan

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    #1 chimeclockfan, Mar 2, 2011
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    Here is another guide about the chiming wall clocks produced by the French firm 'Girod'.

    All I know is they were based around the Morbier-Jura region of France and produced clocks from the 1930's into the 1960's. They were made almost exclusively in the Art Deco style, I have never seen a Girod in any other style before.

    The clocks often came with Westminster, and often a second chime named Cloche de Jura, using the same notes as Westminster. A handful of clocks were built with Ave Maria de Lourdes, and as mentioned in the Manufrance thread, St. Etienne chimes for Manufrance.
    It should be noted, after WW2, Manufrance still sold some Girod clocks playing Cloche de Jura alone.

    Some wartime clocks didn't have the split back plates. Very later ones used a smaller mechanism with the chime block mounted on the top of the case.

    Here are some photos and videos.


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPi_aVHQmnM"]YouTube - CARILLON WESTMINSTER 2 M√ČLODIES EN VENTE SUR EBAY[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9CbvDAdmvs"]YouTube - Girod 2[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0OSL76nE10"]YouTube - Girod[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWoiupB6fZk"]YouTube - Girod Black gong.mp4[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKRijvGcBUw"]YouTube - Girod[/ame] 85898.jpg 85899.jpg 85900.jpg 85901.jpg 85902.jpg 85903.jpg 85904.jpg 85905.jpg 85906.jpg 85907.jpg
     
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    Sorry so many years later on this one. But can you please tell me what the string on the lever in pic no 85903 on the right hand side of the Girod movement was used for. Does it engage or disengage the hammers on the right??
     
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    That pull-cord string just bars off the hammers to silence the chimes. The strike hammers sometimes bear a similar cord however these tend to wither away over the years.
     
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    Thank you Justin.Much appreciate the information.
     

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