John Ellicot London Royal Exchange Clock circa 1745

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  1. Sanjay Bajpai

    Sanjay Bajpai Registered User

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    Dear esteemed members,
    have received a vintage signed 'John Ellicot London Royal Exchange' clock for restoration. This piece belongs to a collector and was for many years in storage. some or many tried their hands at it. When i inspected it it came to light that the chiming and strike trains had at some time been removed. Some repairer to let the dial face remain toothed, put blank winding stems rivetted to the front plate. In order to rivet the stem he also squared the striking mechanism fusee hole thus damaging the front plate. Now the challenge is to put back the striking and timing trains as close to original as possible. The drum for the marked chimes of 'The Grenadier's March' and' The Morning glory' may also be difficult to fabricate unless a tape is punched from music to place the pins. I believe the mechanism had cascaded bells 8 or 10 in numbers.
    If any member has photos of this clock mechanism or can guide me in any way do kindly share. it would make the task easier. Figuring out exact original out of thin air is rather challenging.

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    You have your work cut out there, good luck. Vulliamy favoured that rather French style of case too.
     
  3. DeanT

    DeanT Registered User

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    Google is your best starting place. I can see a very similar one for sale so i can't post the link here.

    It was a wonderful clock so well worth restoring...this is an enormous restoration given the amount of missing parts.

    Good luck
     
  4. Sanjay Bajpai

    Sanjay Bajpai Registered User

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    Dear Dean,
    Thank you so much.
    I have seen one in the google quite similar but subtly different also. I know it is a huge effort as more than 2/3 clock has to be made again. I know how the strike and chime interlock and operating levers sync with time mechanism in grandfather and modern day Hermle / Urgos etc but am unfamiliar with how John Ellicot would have made it. complicated by the fact that it has calendar also. Theory is same however to get the originality I would have to follow the maker. I don't know how he did it. Is it possible to share the google photo on my email at sanjay21ncc@gmail.com please.
    regards
     
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    The calendar is the easiest bit, you still have the calendar ring in its rollers. It has 31 teeth and needs a push once a day.
     

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