J P Thirty Hour Clock 1730.

Philip Snowden

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Had this clock a while now and call it my pin clock as I’ve never seen so many pins on a clock.It has other interesting things as well .The date is pushed round with a lug on a wheel .Had to have a new lug wheel made because the one on the movement was wrong with the lug missing (picture)
The two chain wheels have no spikes the small linked chain just fits in slots .The Count Wheel has pins .The maker is John Powley of Asby Westmorland.I have no case so it just sits on a bracket .It has a 10 inch dial. At 10 o’clock on the last picture can be seen where the lug was but the restorer said that could never work so made a new one . It works fine now.
Oh forgot to add it has the wrong hand but it don’t look too bad .

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A most interesting clock. I do enjoy rustic provincial clocks as they are much less standardized, random and full of character compared to the London equivalent.
 
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Mike Phelan

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Very interesting indeed and unusual in many ways. The count wheel has teeth on its edge, not a separate wheel attached to it; it's a birdcage, not a plated one. Chain, not rope drive. Pins to operate the count wheel.

It would originally have had an oak case.
 
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That's a bit different and an interesting country movement, a pity you don't have the case.

The Powley or Pooley family are mentioned in Loomes' book on Westmorland makers from 1974 and described as 'most intriguing'. The initials J. P. have been taken to stand for John Powley of Asby who is the only resident found with those initials in the registers for there, he married in 1679 and died 1729. A number of the Powley family are listed by him in his much later big red book including two with the name John. John(I) is the aforementioned one, John(II) is his grandson (son of a William Powley who is said to have signed some of his clocks W. P. Asby), both Johns are said to have signed clocks J. P. Asby. John(II) born 1708, a batchelor, died 1779.
 
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Philip Snowden

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proper blacksmith clock that, I love it.
The guy who restored it for me and made the new wheel to push the date round said it shoul be in a museum in Westmorland.He also said that the clockmaker would have probably smelted his own iron used in the clock as you said a good old blacksmith .
 

Philip Snowden

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I don't have that book, just the 30 hour clock book
It’s a 4 times a year journal .Had it for years but after Jeff died he was the Editor I stopped as it got too technical for me .
 
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