Ship’s Bell Strike (Glasen)


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

Kieninger Regulator instructions


       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

Pack your clock for transport

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

Clockface for Video

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

Kieninger PK–movements

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

Pendulum, regulating after restoration

 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

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

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.

  1. How does a barometer work ? The sensor element of a barometer… Continue reading

The care of Barigo brass casings



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