- Dec 25, 2020
I thought that I was only going to collect CT clocks but, I could not resist having a go at a Morbier. Like the CT OG clocks, they were the People's clock. They are both sturdy and cheap. Just the thing for a novice. So, I picked up a Morbier real cheap from France on that ubiquitous online auction site. Sold for parts only without pendulum and weights. It appears to be a late 19th c. version with an anchor escapement and a coiled wire gong on a sound board. To start, I found a simple "pear" bobbed folding wire pendulum as a test and a couple of tall case weights. I was pleasantly surprised that the movement was very clean with no apparent signs of damage or undue wear. Someone had spent time restoring this at some point in the last 10-20 years so it looks almost new. I was equally pleased to see that it ran happily for its full 8 day course with the test pendulum and weights. The striking mechanism also works as it should. In the meantime, I acquired a "lyre" grid style pendulum. At first, the clock would not run for more than a few minutes with the larger pendulum until I learned how to properly mount the hands. (That unique serrated lock washer) Then, I could get it to run for about 12 hours. Yes, I know it will need to be cleaned and oiled. In the meantime, my question to the forum: am I right to assume that this clock should run with the larger pendulum?