Barr & Poole Poole Manual

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  1. PeterW

    PeterW Registered User

    Aug 21, 2005
    For anyone who may be interested, I have uploaded scans a of Poole clock manual/booklet that came with the clock. What I found interesting is in the “ask these questions when buying a clock” part it mentions that they can use AC or DC voltage. I only have 1Poole and 1 Barr, but I wonder what was provided or offered with the clock so you could plug it in the wall and use 120 volt AC current?

    Here is the link:

  2. H.Weiland

    H.Weiland Deceased


    Thank you for posting the Poole manual. It is a very interesting and rare item.

    I have never seen a Poole that operated on line current, but a simple dropping resistor could have been included which lowered the current. Or it is possible that the electromagnets were specially wound with many more turns of very fine wire which would have been just as effective and perhaps more practical.

  3. Richard Hatch

    Richard Hatch Registered User
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    Oct 19, 2005
    I have heard (but not seen) that an 110V adaptor was made available late in the production of these clocks. At some point Poole realized that they were losing the competition against synchronous motor powered clocks and decided to offer these adaptors. Don’t think that too many were made. Richard
  4. Hans Vrolijk

    Hans Vrolijk Registered User
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    Jan 7, 2005
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    Many thanks for the nice Poole booklet

    Hans Vrolijk
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Registered User
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    Jan 22, 2002
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    I have seen at least 3 120V Barrs. One of them had an enamel dial. The obvious clue on the Barr is that there is no battery box, so the movement is just up on the 2 columns.

    I have not seen a non-battery Poole.


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