Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Tall Case Clock Restoration

We had a nice tall case clock repair come through the shop recently ... Looks to be (except for the missing brass moldings) pretty much original ... There was some loose stuff that we glued and tacked back on and there are a couple of painted wood/brass molding replacements that we left in place ... We weren't after an all out restoration but when we finished, it looked ran and looked just fine ... Click the pictures to enlarge them ....
all together in the shop ...
one of the missing brass moldings, which Trevor duplicated in short order using the cnc ..
After
Will did most of the work on the case and he also replaced a couple simpler missing brass pieces ...
There was no key and the case was locked ... With a little flashlight work and some trial and error, Sam not only got the lock to open, but made us a new key which worked better after we added the wood shim inside the lock ...
Trevor had to unstring and rewind both cables before we hung the weights to get the cable to track right, but as soon as he did, things started to tick tock and gong way .... We hung the pendulum onsite, set the date, time and phase of the moon and tomorrow we'll go back and check and adjust before installing the bonnet ... An interesting project ....
All in, all done ... ticking away and keeping great time .... It seems that it's older than I first thought. My client sent me a link and some information below, on the maker, whose name is inscribed on the dial ...

A late 17th or early 18th century bracket or table clock signed "Markwick, London". The Markwick family is known as one of the earliest of London’s clockmakers, with James Markwick being succeeded by James, presumably his son. The second James Markwick ascended into the Clockmakers Company of London in 1692, becoming a master in 1720, and it was he who sometimes signed his work as simply ”Markwick” http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/7421270.

2 comments:

貢慧 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。......................................................................

Minki said...

Look, these furniture showing the royalty of the ancient time and really it is very good and wonderful furniture..