Morbier Comtoise

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  1. wow

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    I have a nice Morbier without a shelf/ rack. Where can I buy one? Would a wooden shelf be acceptable? Anyone out there made one? Photos?
    Thanks for any ideas.
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    Hi Will,
    I tend to use pairs of metal sconces (brass or iron), even though it is sometimes a real pain in the... to level the clocks :rolleyes:. I also have a wooden bracket which came with one of the morbiers.
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    Hello, i quickly made this one to test a clock and will get round to some-thing more ornate soon.

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  4. wow

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    Thanks, guys. Great ideas. I dug around in my stuff and found a pair of shelf brackets. Went to Lowe’s and bought steel strips and made this one. Gonna paint it black. Works great.

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    See attached photos. I use a 3/4" dado cut 3/8" into a 3/4" board to mount the bed for the works to sit on. Some glue and three screws in the back locks it in place. A wall hanging bracket goes on the back along with two wall stabilizers. I also make them with a bracket support under the bed for additional support. Drill the bed for the cords and pendulum and finish as desired.

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    Nice work, Joseph.
     
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    I found these attached to a larger sized Comtoise that i picked up recently. A nice bonus! They are simple and totally unobtrusive.

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    Well, if we are for minimalist, simple and unobtrusive solutions, this is the best one I've ever seen...;)

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    Here's how I tackled that question.
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  11. Uhralt

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    I have one of these. the only downside I have noticed is that it tends to shift sideward while winding the clock, putting the clock out of beat. I just put two pin board pins next to the bottom of the A-shape to prevent it from shifting. Works well.

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    That has always been given as a reason for the winding setup on early lanterns where the two weights were on opposite sides and wound in opposite directions to achieve that. (as the trains were one behind the other)
     
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    That makes sense. In Comtoise clocks the trains are also wound in opposite direction but the trains are next to each other. The problem in Comtoise clocks is that the weights are not hanging centered to the case but located closer to one side than the other. This causes instability.

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    All mine, and others I have seen, wind anti clockwise, unless I miss some thing here?
     
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    I guess the lantern clock system keeps them closet to the centreline so that helps. As well as the big spikes on the back digging into the wall plaster
     
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    I checked, and you are right! I stand corrected. Must have mixed it up with some of my Black Forest clocks. Having to wind both weights in the same direction aggravates the problem.

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    All that I have seen here are loose in their long cases or on the racks on wall, all apart from the one I got with the simple wall hanger to which it was bolted.

    Two that I got from a couple of very old local chaps were demonstrated to me by the gents holding the clock down with a hand on the top of it as they wound it. Concentrates the mind to see an old chap stand on a wobbly chair to do this!
    I wonder if this was usual though as the cases have no fixing points to fix either to a long case or a wall bracket.
    And these do need a steadying hand when wound.
     
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    Specially if the movement is housed inside a Comtoise case, its better if you hold the movement with one hand while you're winding up with the other. Otherwise, the movement can (and will do it at some time:eek:) slide sideways... There is no 'seatboard in the cases, just two narrow parallel transverse vertical planks to hold the movement. If it slides sideways and 'lose foot' on one of them, it will abruptly fall until it gets tilted and stuck inside the case or something worse...:mysad:

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