My first skeleton clock

Dells

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Not my usual torsion clock
I purchased this Victorian skeleton clock after it had fallen off a shelf, no dome or base, mountings snapped off, broken hands, bent chapter ring with missing enamel, both front and backplate bent, managed to straighten plates by clamping onto heat proof blocks and heating, made parts so I have something to mount onto base silver soldered onto plates, also made some threaded mounting rods, I purchased an original base and dome, purchased some laser cut hands , made collets plus because the new hands were thicker than I think the originals were had to make a thinner hand washer and a new tension washer because the old one had split, first picture is how I purchased it.
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PatH

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What a find! Is it working now? Also, is the bell attached to the back plate of the movement?
 

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Nice clock, but I'm not sure it's Victorian. I have an almost identical clock (sorry about the fussy background)
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When I bought mine in the 1980's it was sold to me as one made from a Kit sold in the 1950's. The dealer had a copy of the catalogue from the original makers of the kit(s). There were a lot of options for hands, dials etc, but most were the same basic mechanism and plates.

I have recently serviced mine and it keeps time to a couple of minutes/week - better if I can be bothered to tweak it.
 

Dells

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What a find! Is it working now? Also, is the bell attached to the back plate of the movement?
Yes it’s working fine although I haven’t got it running because I am still waiting for the chapter ring to come back from being re enamelled, and the bell is on the backplate vertically.
 
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Nice clock, but I'm not sure it's Victorian.
it’s possible but from what I understand the kits were a copy of the Victorian one so we probably will never know, is your clock gut or chain ?.
I am happy with it and what I have done to it , it doesn’t owe me that much and it’s a nice looking clock and a departure from my usual torsion clocks.
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Just got the chapter ring back from being re enamelled, very pleased with it, so now I can finally finish it , and from what I have been able to find out it was possibly made by Heycock of Derbyshire first 1/4 of 1800’s 398F585D-53EA-40E1-86C6-68B85B830995.jpeg
 

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Great looking dial and love the spade hands too. Can't wait to see it all together Dells!
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Wow, that dial looks great on the clock, like a pizzelle or a snowflake!
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