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JimmyD last won the day on March 16

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About JimmyD

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  • Birthday 08/12/1955

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    Tamborine Mountain, Qld
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  1. JimmyD

    Info on carriage clock please

    The click set up is the giveaway, brass on brass is a no-no, how long before the ware makes it slip and the whole thing is a mess of toothless gears, also I do not have much faith in the click spring lasting to long. The slot in the screw for the tension adjustment is not even in the centre!
  2. JimmyD

    Am I MAD to buy this?

    I have taken it to the workshop and done the movement, I ran out of battery on my camera so only 2 photos, however I will get them up soon. The music, well that is a few weeks away before I get into working out how it was set up.
  3. JimmyD

    Info on carriage clock please

    I think we need to see the movement at least with the back door open. I don't know if Elliott bought French movements as some clock makers did from other makers, however looking at the finish it is all to heavy for a French clock, the screws look way to heavy the click spring is way to big, and the click lever is also brass and way to big, brass on brass?. One thing that might help is the screw that holds the click in place, if you take that off and see if it is blued all over and not painted.
  4. JimmyD

    The movement collection is growing

    Very nice job Squiffy, your learning fast, another bit of history saved from the rubbish tip.
  5. JimmyD

    The movement collection is growing

    I used to have a golf club that was called Big Bertha, I wish I had as good timing in my swing as a regulator has
  6. JimmyD

    The movement collection is growing

    Squiiffy's clock is communally called a regulator, however in the 'strictest terms' only one of the above weight driven clocks fit this. This would be a, time only, weight driven, seconds beating, deadbeat escapement. About less than 1% of regulators would fit this category, therefore whether it has weights or not the common view is the 'style' is the thing that determines the name not the function.
  7. JimmyD

    The movement collection is growing

    Came up nice, the movement comes out easy, just undo the 2 brass ended threaded screws hiden by the dial and it should slip out on the housing bracket rails.
  8. JimmyD

    The movement collection is growing

    The medal date is when the clock movement or some other innovation was first seen at a clock show, however that is not the date of your clock, they may have used this medal for the next 30 years, however it is a start point. Look for Japy movements with the rack on the front of the movements and try to get a date on that, then you will have an end point. Your movement will fall somewhere in-between those 2 dates. Then if you wish you can look further into it by looking at suspension setup's, case style and hands. The wall clock is a regulator, the pendulum not being attached to the backboard is of no matter as this went out around the 1870's and millions of regulators were produced with the pendulum attached to the movement. Vienna Regulator is a common name for them, however the vast majority were produced in Germany, Lenzkirch made some outstanding regulators and command high prices. Gustave Becker's are not bad if it is an early one, around the 1900's they lost the solid plates and started with the cut out plates to compete better with the cheaper American ones.
  9. JimmyD

    The movement collection is growing

    Just a quick note, the regulator looks to be a Gustav Becker given the closeness of the winding arbours, have a look and see. The French movement, well I would leave this till you have more experience as it is so easy to snap off a pinion and waste a nice movement and case.
  10. JimmyD

    Does this look correct?

    I have not worked on this type of movement for years, however it could be to do with the silent/chime. Looking at you photo the lever does not seem to be attached to anything and looks to be on the chime at the moment.
  11. JimmyD

    Can somebody pls tell me...

    It looks to be a German Haller Westminster chime movement, the reason it has not got Made in Germany on it and has Foreign is that the UK government put a tax on German clocks to protect the UK makers from cheaper German imports, however the Germans just took off any reference to Germany to avoid the tax. Your other clock is a French ODO I find them to have good quality movements in them.
  12. JimmyD

    Ebay again

    I wonder how long before the spring rubs the shaft just above it, maybe 2 days, also the Smiths dial has the winding holes bogged up, if you were going to add a different dial surly you would get one with just a centre hole in it. He also has a ventriloquists dummy for sale, I am thinking it is a selfie.
  13. JimmyD

    Am I MAD to buy this?

    I might make a name to attach to the dial, "The Heinz Clock" as it almost has 57 varieties.
  14. JimmyD

    Am I MAD to buy this?

    I agree with what you say, the name missing, well there is a hole at the bottom of the dial just above the chapter ring that could have had a name attached to it. My view is that the dial had the movement added around the same time as the music was added, maybe around 1880 or later. It looks like a homemade job, however the person must have had some skill to convert the movement. The 3 small chapter rings are shocking and I will make better ones, I will make a new minute hand if I can't find a match on eBay and also a new selection hand or maybe 2 as the 2 there now look to be different sizes. Anyway it should keep me busy for a while. I will post a rundown of all the issues when the clock arrives as it is hard to tell what needs to be done and if any of the parts are missing from the music. This is what fascinates me about clocks, around 1740 somebody made a dial, around 1800 somebody made a movement, around 1880 somebody made a musical movement, then somebody else took all these and put them all together for whatever reason, I wonder who they all were and how it found its way to Tasmania around 1200 miles from the UK.
  15. JimmyD

    Am I MAD to buy this?

    Why do you think the dial is not around the 1740's. is it because it is a 12 inch dial and not a 10 inch? These sizes are guides to dating not hard facts. The spandrels are from around 1700 to 1740 , the engraving around the date and matting in the centre looks to be from around the same period as does the chapter ring, none of these look to be added when viewing the back of the plate. As for being worthless, I did not buy this to make money, like many here I bought it for the fun of trying to fix it up and get some satisfaction at doing so. If I wanted to make money I could just buy a totally original clock that has been wreaked and repair the case, movement and French polish it, however that is no challenge or fun.