Ship’s Bell Strike
Unlike public and domestic clock bells (or gongs), the strikes of a ship’s bell do not match the numbers of the hours. Instead, there are eight bells, one for each half-hour of a four-hour watch.
In the age of sailing, watches were timed with a 30-minute… Continue reading
F O R C L O C K M A K E R S
In the FB forum “clockmakers helping clockmakers” we had a story about a Kieninger long-case clock movement with a timing problem. Different theories were posted, some of us found the theorising a little… Continue reading
INSTRUCTIONS FOR KIENINGER MOVEMENT PF-43 IN WALL CLOCK CASE
This applies in general also to other makes as well
To place the clock onto a wall – a good guide would be for the dial to be at head height.
Drill a hole ( or two holes… Continue reading
Packing instructions for Kieninger wall – regulator, spring driven.
Just a few points to consider. Remove the pendulum by lifting it a few millimeters up and take it out of the pendulum leader ( flat brass part )
Then fold some paper or soft… Continue reading
This large cast iron clock-face has a long history. Imported in the mid 20th century by the Cape Town clockmaker Dellenbach. Two dials were never installed. I bought them and other items from his son in the mid ’80s. I used one as a show-piece at exhibitions, but never installed… Continue reading
These are my last movements suitable for Long Case Clocks ( Grandfather / Grandmother ). The most preferred is the 116 cm pendulum, ( full size Grandfather ) I have a pre-owned 93 cm model ( or “pre-loved” as some silly marketers call second-hand goods). As the movement had… Continue reading
A 12 seconds video showing the strike movement in action and you can check the sound.
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Restoring a Pendulum. Clock not keeping time – too slow – already at the limit of regulation.
Notes for anyone interested in mechanical clocks, from collectors to clock repairers
The regulation was the problem after restoring a modern grid… Continue reading
Buying a Barometer —
and what to watch out for:
Check if the case and fittings are well made, test if the marker hand is not too tight, neither too loose. Much more on the technical side you cannot do and have to rely on the shop owner / sales… Continue reading
Technical info about weather instruments, barometers, thermometers and hygrometers
Frequently asked questions (Copied for my website with kind permission of the BARIGO Company in Germany) some more hints from my years of practice mentioned as well, T.N.
- How does a barometer work ? The sensor element of a barometer… Continue reading
Barigo Weather Instruments:
In addition to the FAQ article, here are some hints on the use of barometers and especially how to care for brass cased instruments:
To dust the instruments, use a dry soft cloth, definitely no Brasso or the Venol paste. Those are good for… Continue reading
For clock owners, who will appreciate their clockmakers /restorers and realize to which length of professional service work the latter will go — hopefully.
You see the short descriptions within the images and video clips, a 2 MB file, running for 56 seconds.
A few of those Kieninger PF… Continue reading