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In the same article about the Broderers' Company I found a reference to John Knibb who was a member of the Joiner's Company.Reading the book, The Clockmakers of London by George White, and chatting to Andrew James last month, it is clear the Clockmakers did try to get the instrument makers under their wing. It seems you had to be in a guild, but which guild wasn't always important.
A lot of this may have come about from the fire of London in 1666 which followed the plague in 1665. There was a huge need to rebuild London very quickly before her status in the World as the place to do business was lost (sounds like our current troubles) and as a result the controls of the guilds were relaxed, never to return to how they had been.
Most of the ones I have seen personally only have 1 post for the rack of bells. Another thing you have highlighted that I had never considered before!Wonderful clock. Interesting that the six quarter bells are supported only on a single stand attached to the back plate. I had assumed that they would also need support from a stand on the front plate. The position of the bell stand on the back plate and how it relates to the 1/4 strike barrel is also interesting - I think my Etherington clock had something very similar.
The chapter ring is lacquered but the movements generally not. They don't tarnish much as long as they are clean and have no finger prints. I suspect it might be the quality of the brass which makes the difference. I have clocks which were restored 5 years ago that still have high polish. I like them highly polished and then let them mellow a little over time.We don't get many clocks of this caliber around here, so my experience with them is limited. Excuse the silly question but are the plates generally lacquered in these restorations? I assume the lacquer would be quite well thinned before application? Wheels and other parts also lacquered? Around here unlacquered plates and parts will turn a nice shade of brown in short order. I generally do lacquer plates and wheels even on much lesser quality movements, but I can't say I am getting the really crisp finished look as seen on this movement, and others you all show often. How about the dials? I notice several claims of waxing the dial vs. lacquering them? Just trying to further educate myself. Thanks.
Dean, thanks for the information. Makes sense why they look so "crisp", no finish. I put my shop regulator into service perhaps 20 years ago, un-lacquered. It was an unpleasant shade of brown last year when I refinished it. So, from highly polished to butterscotch in color/patina in about 18 years. You may be correct in regard to the quality of the brass being a contributor. I have several other examples, but none of which I have before and after photos.The chapter ring is lacquered but the movements generally not. They don't tarnish much as long as they are clean and have no finger prints. I suspect it might be the quality of the brass which makes the difference. I have clocks which were restored 5 years ago that still have high polish. I like them highly polished and then let them mellow a little over time.
Looks very good.Some photos of Peter's restoration. Few things to sort out but otherwise looking good.
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Scott did the case and i'm not sure exactly what stain he used but I have used the following process which produces great results. Just don't get it on your hands as it doesn't come out and you have to wait for it to wear off.....Looks very good.
What polish do you use ?
Yes I think the gesso will be applied to a wood which is not suitable for French polishing such as oak or pine to create a smooth surface.I don't know what he does either, but it must be different on the longcase as that is gesso underneath. These bracket clocks are all fruitwood and ebony veneer so I guess the treatment is different as the grain is so much finer.