Marine: Marine Chronometer Service

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  1. mdjtlj

    mdjtlj Registered User

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    Greetings,

    Wanted to see if anyone had recommendations for chronometer service? Just basic disassembly, replacement of jewels, re-pivots, that sort of thing. I'm looking for somebody with a bunch of experience and capability.
     
  2. Dr. Jon

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  4. waynet7

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    Philip Stoller of Bloomington Illinois recently overhauled and repivoted my Irish chronometer. He serves Central Illinois.
     
  5. Omexa

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    Hi waynet7

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    I would like to see the "Irish chronometer." Regards Ray
     
  6. waynet7

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    Here it is. From the best that I can gather, these guys parted ways in 1863. It notably sports Poole's Auxiliary. It has a beautiful and complete "fancy" coromandel box that is currently in the hands of Gary at Ship's Clock Cabinetry. P1050368.jpg P1050369.jpg P1050370.jpg P1050371.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the photos. Regards Ray
     
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    Do I see a Poole's auxiliary balance on this chronometer?

    Jerry Freedman
     
  9. waynet7

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    Yes you do. I'm not sure who the real maker of this piece was.
     
  10. Omexa

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    Hi, very like my one; but they all look similar. Regards Ray 20161231_034410.jpg
     
  11. Snapper

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    According to "Chronometer Makers of the World", Neill Brothers are recorded as trading at 23 High Street, Belfast c1865-1916. Your serial number appears to date the chronometer to c1915, so one of the last.
     
  12. waynet7

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    Mercer is wrong in this case. A review of Belfast directories from the 1850-1865 time frame confirms that they operated in the mid 19th century. Only S D Neill operated in the early 20th. I have Mercer's book myself.
     
  13. Snapper

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    I am aware there are a number of errors in Mercer. Do you have the first edition or is it the revised version? (Mine is the first edition so I am curious to know if it has been corrected).
     
  14. waynet7

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    No. I have the revised edition. It reads: "Neill & bros, Robert (N) 23 High St., Belfast c.1865-1915. Succeeded John Knox in 1816." Looks like a confusion of info about their father Robert Neill and the brothers John R. and James Neill. I think Sharman D. Neill was James's son. The brothers apparently split in 1863 in a non-cordial way and John remained at 23 High St and James started his own shop on another street. Both tried to capitalize on the reputation of their father.
     
  15. Snapper

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    There has clearly been no correction to that entry then. Thanks for the update.
     

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