Bracket clock by James Padbury. Restoration.

This bell top Bracket clock was recently brought in for restoration.  The case and movement clearly did not begin life together, the movement being almost 100 years later than the case.  The later movement was obviously originally housed in a larger case as the pendulum was far to long to fit this one.  As a result the person who carried out the swap had cut the bottom out of the case and fitted it with an extra tier to allow for the swing of the longer pendulum.  This major problem in conjunction with various poor restoration attempts had left the clock feeling rather sorry for it’self.  In an attempt to make the clock look its best without radical changes (such as a different movement), the restoration course chosen was to modify the current movement to enable the case to be restored back to it’s original format, thus restoring it’s proportions.

The case was restored by removing the extra base and the original base timber, and replacing it with a piece of old surface oak.  The dovetails were cut in and as a result the base now looks just right.  Luckily the original feet had been re-used so we were able to return them to their original places.  The cady had had a lot of poor restoration carried out to it.  This was all removed and the cady re-repaired in a more sympathetic manor.  The upper side frets had been replaced with parts of a cut down fret from another clock.  These were replaced.  We first restored the original lower frets, then scanned them in and redesigned them on photoshop to give a pattern for the round upper aspect.  These were then cut from brass by hand and coloured to match the exisiting ones.  Brushed silk was used for the backing material.

The movement was modified to suit the case by changing the train count and hence the pendulum length.  This was done by replacing the escape wheel with one of a different tooth count.  The pendulum was then shortened and a couple of other small changes made, such as re-locating the transit block higher up the back plate.  The movement was then restored along with the dial, and replacement hands fitted.

The results I think really make the most of what was a slightly confused clock and enable it to be enjoyed and appreciated as the beautiful object that it is.

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