Small London Bracket Clock

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  1. JB

    JB Registered User
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    Hi all, I was sulking because I had missed a set of clock hands i was looking for on Ebay then I found this scanning Kijiji. My wife didn't know what was going on when I took off saying "gotta go". A fellow clock collector had it and decided it was time to sell. I was happy to buy it.

    It is missing a foot. What are the possibilities of making a new one?

    The dial reads "Webster Established 1711 Queen Victoria St. London" the movement is marked "Webster" . My research tells me this is Richard IIII. 1872-1880s. Would that be correct?

    I'm not familiar with lever escapements. Would this mainly have been targeted for sale for use on a ship?

    It would not run , it needs a cleaning. I heated the movement a little with a hair dryer. That got it going for now.
     

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    Cracking Clock "Congrats"
     
  3. jmclaugh

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    Congrats on a very nice clock. There seem to have been many generations of the Webster family who carried on business in London at various premises from around 1675 according to Britten. Among them he lists a Richard Webster at a number of premises in London from 1842 including No. 5 Queen Victoria Street which he had built in 1872, he is said to have died in 1882 aged 62.

    Lever escapements were used in domestic clocks like this one mainly for portability reasons.
     
  4. soaringjoy

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    A gorgeous giant "carriage clock". ;)
    The feet you are looking for are often offered on Ebay, especially
    on the UK site.
    Suppliers like Timesavers or Meadows & Passmore should have
    something like that, too.
    Jurgen
     
  5. JB

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    I'm thinking the minute hand is not correct. It is not long enough. It does not match the hour hand. What typically should these look like and could I get those at Passmore as well?
     
  6. jmclaugh

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    It does look a bit short but with this style of hands the minute hand is often a more tapered version of the hour hand or indeed plain. Afaik a wide range of different styles were used on such clocks (e.g. moon hands were used) and as such there isn't really a typical one. M&P do sell a variety of hands so have a look.
     
  7. JB

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    I ordered a foot from Passmores. the ones on ebay were a little off.
    Looking around at the websites, I noticed there did not appear to be any defining hands. So i'll wait a bit on that.
     
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    #9 soaringjoy, Dec 9, 2011
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    The hands used on clocks like yours were very often
    the "Fleur des Liles" type, but your pair wouldn't be unusual
    either.
    Winterhalder & Hofmeier had them in their program of bracket
    clocks- and your clock may well be originally German made. :)
    Jurgen

    PS: You often had a choice of pendulum or platform escapement
    on bracket clocks, so, no, it wasn't intended to be a ship's clock.
     

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    I found a minute hand that was the proper length and suitable. Just waiting on a foot yet.
     

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