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New Project: Bracket Clock By Bryson

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It’s a big one! Didn’t realise until I collected it from the auction house. 

It will run, but definitely needs cleaning as it’s bone-dry. 

Escapement is either Deadbeat or semi-deadbeat as the pallets have individual impulse and “dead” faces. 

Silvered dial could do with a little cleaning, and I somehow need to find a new glass for it. The original glass is very thick and bevelled around the edge.

 

 

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Very nice clock like the case, you should leave the glass to an expert you will more than likely not find a replacement of the correct size and thickness better to have one made and fitted, it will probably cost a bit to do so. I wouldn't be tempted to clean the dial as is an old clock should look old, its probably lacquered so you would have to remove that then clean and re lacquer.

looks like you have quite a bit of rust to contended with as well.

 

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Thick glass is a sign of it being the original. 8 day English fusee movement, I expect it is an anchor escapement.  Looks a mahogany case with nice rich patina. I would leave the dial as it blends in well with the case. The hands style are spade decretive. It is a late movement because the back plate is plain, mid to late 1800’s. You should be able to find out more by the makers name on the dial. I wish I could get my hands on this. Do keep us up to date with this. I sure want to see how you get along. :woohoo-jumping-smiley-emoticon:    

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Thanks for the comments. I actually own two Bryson bracket clocks. His name is mentioned in the book "Scottish Clockmakers":

BRYSON, ROBERT, F.R.S.E. 66 Princes Street, Edinburgh, 
1810-52. 

The escapement is definitely either deadbeat or half-dead.

I think the glass will be the only tricky bit. I'd like to get it cut from an older sheet of glass.

 

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8 hours ago, rodabod said:

It’s a big one! Didn’t realise until I collected it from the auction house. 

It will run, but definitely needs cleaning as it’s bone-dry. 

Escapement is either Deadbeat or semi-deadbeat as the pallets have individual impulse and “dead” faces. 

Silvered dial could do with a little cleaning, and I somehow need to find a new glass for it. The original glass is very thick and bevelled around the edge.

 

 

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Beautiful clock..I believe Meadows and Passmore do thick glass, if you can't get the old glass..

 

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I’ll check the inside and outside drop, and if it’s not excessive then I will just polish the faces of the pallets. 

My biggest problem is finding where to put the thing as it’s bloody massive and doesn’t fit on any of my mantelpieces. 

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Some more photos added below. I have re-bushed the bushing for the “watch” train fusee as the excess sideshake was causing the depthing with the centre wheel to give a slightly lumpy motion. I drifted the original hole in the opposite direction to the wear before broaching to correct the depthing. I’ve also filed the fusee pivot to make the sides parallel and will burnish it. 

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Getting the correct depth for the fusee and center wheels are not easy, most depthing tools won’t tackle this, unless you make the runners. I had a setup of sorts using a lathe that sorted that. I would like to see the finished re-bushing of the fusee.

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I've got access to a depthing tool to check, but I was told not to rely too heavily on it. The bush that I've used is relatively modern brass, so the colour won't match. I need to get access to some thick CZ120 for re-bushing thick plates like these. This clock is not designed to have the movement visible (hence the rather plain design), so I'm focusing mainly on getting it running well, rather than looking pristine.

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Brass runner made to support fusee pivot while I go over it with a pivot file and burnisher. 

I may make a carbide burnisher for working on harder pivots. 

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