Posted on 10/02/2013

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Tower (Turret) Clock

Tower (Turret) Clock
This clock will have been made in the early to mid 1800's. No doubt when I was working on it (prior to 1974), I knew who the maker was.
The fancy uprights and main cross bars are cast iron. The uprights that support the going (timekeeping) and striking (gear) trains are forged steel, with hard brass bearings rivetted in for the trains to run in.
It would have been about 4 feet across, and about 18 inches from front to back.
It will have come into the workshop straight out of a tower, stripped down and cleaned, and any repair work done that was needed. Then painted nicely (usually 'racing green' or red), with gilt on the fancy knobs.
This was one of many that I worked on through the years.
Clockmakers always seemed to have a dozen or so jobs on the go at any one time!
This pic is scanned in from a poor 'rough' print, from the days that I did all my own developing and printing. (Good old fashioned 'wet chemical' photography!)

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Interesting stuff. You wouldn't guess from the picture how big it must have been.
4 years ago.
KJ4VOV has replied to Shine&Sparkle
It just so happens that I have one of those fire extinguishers (left edge of the photo - the dark funnel shape attached to the tubing) out in the garage. Looks like the same model in fact. The nozzle (that dark bit) is 12" long. So, using that as a reference point I'd judge the frame to be about 20-24" high and about 30-36" wide. David may be able to tell us how close I am with that bit of reasoning. :)
4 years ago.
spacemouses has replied to KJ4VOV
You got a 40 year old fire extinguisher? I know it pre '74 as I left that workshop and set up on my own then.
That was a long time ago. If I were to dig out my work books I would no doubt have all the details noted, but since this pic has only just turned up, and most likely the only one left of this clock- there's not much point.
The many 100's of pics & negs of all the jobs I did are long gone! My life style didn't allow for keeping them...
( I am trying to trace a box of pics of a watch collection that came through my hands back then- I know they still exist but not where yet.)
The extinguisher is sitting forward of the bench the clock frame is on- at end of large lathe at right angles to the clock.
The hammer lifting wheel will be about 8 to 10 inches in diameter.
The clock is very near the front edge of the bench as it couldn't go back because of the 'motion work' sticking out at back. The benches were 24 inches deep. There is also a bench at right angles to the clock at other end- there is a vice a few inches from that corner- just visible. The space between the two out of sight benches will have been no more than 6 feet.
That clock dial will almost certainly be a bog standard 10" square one- typical of the period.
Two people couldn't move just that frame on its own. It had to be assembled on the bench.
I think my memory of the size is more correct.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
spacemouses has replied to Shine&Sparkle
See other added comment.
4 years ago.
KJ4VOV has replied to spacemouses
Yes, I do have a 40 year old fire extinguisher. Two of them in fact. They came with the house when we bought it and they've been sitting in the garage ever since. They're CO2 and still sealed, so I believe they might even still be charged and functional. I don't depend on them though, due to their age, and I have several other dry chemical extinguishers out there that are new.
4 years ago.