Sir Francis Drake Falling Ball Clock

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  1. Love clocks

    Love clocks Registered User

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    As well as the dog in previous post, we decided to buy a Sir Francis Drake clock which we'd been eyeing off for some time. Not antique but fascinating all the same.
     
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    Interesting, I've never seen one of these.
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    Love clocks Registered User

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    They were a limited edition bought out by Franklin Mint around 1981 as a replica of a very rare clock which Sir Francis Drake owned and loved. The ball is weight driven and slowly descends. Interesting how it works. There is a history of it on the net somewhere which I copied, but copyright prevents me from posting it here. Look up Sir Francis Drake Falling Ball Clock if you are interested in finding out more about them.
     
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    Very Interesting does keep good time ?
     
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    Pretty neat how winding it just consists of lifting the ball back up.
     
  6. Burkhard Rasch

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    this clock was made by Twaites&Reed,a famous English maker.It is governed by a 11jewel swiss platform escapement and keeps exellent time as could be expected by this quality escapement , I have mine regulated to less than 1min.per week. Take care the skrews of the gallow are tight,I´ve seen one destroyed when the support arm came loose and the clock fell down on the floor.
    Burkhard
     
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    Thank you for the advice. Made sure the wall plug was solid but don't think we even checked the gallow. It is keeping really good time so far but t did come from an antique clock dealer who had it up in his shop, so guess he had it pretty fine tuned.
     
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    there is a verry small hole in the "southern hemisphere" right between Africa and Australia , just wide enough for a watchmaker´s skrewdriver.Under that hole the micrometer regulator for the platform is placed.If needed one can look into that hole with a loupe and place the said skrewdriver into the slot of the regulator.Turning clockwise will speed up the clock,ccw will slow it down.Adjust with care! HTH
    Burkhard
     
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