Henry Delolme Marine Chronometer

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  1. adricube

    adricube New Member

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    #1 adricube, Dec 7, 2016
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    hello,
    I'm french and I just discover the forum.
    So please forgive my mistakes !
    I want to present here my marine Chronometer that is just coming back from reparation.
    Please if you have more information about the horologist henry delolme i would be very interested !

    I inherited this two-day marine chronometer, circa 1850, a few years ago ; here are the "before" pictures :



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    Thanks to googl i find his "brother" :

    http://www.benwrightclocks.co.uk/clock.php?i=185


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    Although the box was very damaged, the movement worked very well (good accuracy, good power reserve)

    So I decided to do something for him.

    Firts, what about Henry Delolme ?
    Information are coming from here : https://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Delolme,_Henry
    Henry (John Charles Henry) Delolme was born in 1799 in Brünswick, Germany.
    It is the youngest son of Antoine Nicolas Delolme (1759-1852), watchmaker of the court, himself son and grandson of clockmaker.


    Henry settles in London (48 Rathbone Place, Oxford Street), we do not know when ...
    He married on January 9, 1829 Jane Amelia Labarthe at St Pancras Church. They will have 6 children between 1829 and 1841, of which the 4th, Charles John (1837) will also watchmaker


    He mainly realizes pocket watches on the basis of Swiss calibres and marine chronometers.


    At the World Exhibition in London in 1851 he presented:
    - 7 gold watches;
    - 2 marine chronometers with isochronous pendular springs (?);
    - but also a model of stethoscope (?).
    Catalogue here : http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6207823m (p. 85 n°19)


    Among his pupils, a certain Wilhelm Brocking who will also realize navy chronometers.


    He died in 1890, at the age of 91.
     
  2. adricube

    adricube New Member

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    And here are the picftures "after" repair :

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  3. novicetimekeeper

    novicetimekeeper Registered User

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    I love the dial, and you have done a great job on the restoration, case looks great now too.
     
  4. adricube

    adricube New Member

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  5. Steven Thornberry

    Steven Thornberry User Administrator

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    I have moved this thread to the Chronometers forum for additional comments.
     
  6. adricube

    adricube New Member

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    ok ! I apologize for the wrong section ...
     
  7. Paul Regan

    Paul Regan Registered User

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    Adricube,
    Very nice restoration of the box. I have done several restorations on boxes and can see that yours was done very well. The shock absorbers on the tub and gimbal point to Parkinson & Frodsham as the source of the movement. I say this not as an expert but as one who has looked at a lot of P&F photos and have seen this before. I own an Eggert & Son that has similar shock absorbers and Eggert was a distributor in the United States for P&F.
    Paul
     
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