Chronometry: My collection out to meet company

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  1. Tom McIntyre

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    We had a group of visitors from Germany and Switzerland on Monday who were touring the East Coast of the U.S. on one of Fortunat Mueller-Maerki's Study Tours. I believe this one was sponsored by DGC. I pulled the chronometers and deck watches etc. out of their normal storage space and had them spread out for display. I thought you might enjoy the picture.

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    Wow, that is quite the collection Tom, very nice.
     
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    Astonishing! A fantastic array Tom, and I especially like that photograph as it shows your stuff in a very 'real' way, not as just a collection of 'look, don't touch' objects in clinical conditions. I imagine that one of the pleasures when you get them all out is coming across the odd one that you'd forgotten you had! Thanks very much for sharing. :)
     
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    I couldn't help but think of the similarity between the words horde, and hoard, when I saw the display of Tom's chronometers! Looks like he has cornered the market in Boston, and possibly Massachusetts! So I looked up a website that discusses the difference between the two words. Indeed, Tom has hoarded a horde of chronometers! :whistle: I only wish I could see the collection in person! We don't have an icon for green with envy. :thumb:


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    Nice to see them out for a little air. Can you tell us what the second from left bottom row is and the third from left top row is? Thanks for showing Tom
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    The bottom row has the Barraud Lund's patent compensation on the left. The smaller one next to it is a Barraud & Lund 8 day small chronometer with their sector up/down indication. The third is a Kelvin & White large 8 day chronometer.

    There are three middle temperature compensation chronometers in the collection with a Dent staple balance and a 56 hour Kelvin and White with Poole's compensation. There is also a Fletcher with Airy's bar which is not really a middle temperature device but allows the set point for compensation to be shifted without losing poise on the balance.

    The Fletcher graces the cover of Konrad Knirim's book on British Militry Timepieces.
     
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    Wow that IS a great collection ! Out of all of them which one would you say is the rarest and would be the most difficult to replace putting money or cost aside for a second ?
     
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    I think the Barraud chronometer with Lund's middle temperature compensation weight is th most scarce. I do not know how many ther are but likely not more than 20. All the rest are fairly common by comparison.

    The Fletcher gains some notoriety for gracing the cover of Konrad Knirim's book.

    One of the deck watches is not in particularly good shape, but is rarely seen. It features a differential up/down indication. It was made by Election.
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    Moving the plug from left to right to hack and back to resume is a first for me and somehow this word doesn't quite fit but the way that clock hacks is very "cool"....
     
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    WOW. The best choices for a collection representing the best of precision mechanical hand work and design. artbissell
     
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    Did Kelvin & White actually make them or farm out the work? I collect scientific instruments and have a few pieces by them, my favourite is an electrostatic voltmeter. I'd like a Thomsons pattern reflecting galvanometer but haven't got one yet.

    I know that the Hughes family were clockmakers, but Kelvin Hughes is a much later company I think.
     
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    #12 Tom McIntyre, Oct 20, 2016
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    There was a large set of Kelvin and White companies operating in major ports around the world. They were maritime outfitters. The chronometers with all of the various names using Kelvin and/or White with differing initials and first names were made by Mercer for the most part. It is possible a few Kullbergs and others slipped into the mix. These are the Poole's Compensation and 8 day examples from my collection. One from Glasgow and one from Boston/New York.

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