Saturday, 26 October 2013
Not mystery objects today (although I've got one to show you next time I blog), but the photos illustrate two things I've been working on this week. Above is illustrated one of the most complete (and original) brass chamber candlesticks I've seen for some time. It's late Georgian, and is complete with its dowser/snuffer), its side ejector (the brass knob in the centre of the picture), and its scissors type snuffer. I've had to do a fair amount of work re- rivetting it (it was fairly shaky overall, but have only had to replace one part of it- the small piece of brass that supports the pair of snuffers, and it was possible to see where that had originally been, and to work out the shape of the original piece from that. Not so complicated as some of the things I work on but satisfying none-the-less.
Above and below illustrations are of a clock movement by John Barrow Londini Fecit. I've had to do all sorts of little jobs (too numerous to enumerate) to put this one back into decent working order. The dial is eleven inches square. The clock normally lives in a small oak case, and is a thirty hour long case clock. John Barrow, who made it was apprenticed in 1671 to Francis Ireland, of London; became a member of the Clockmakers' Company in 1681, master of the Clockmakers' Company from 1714 to 1717 (presumed to be the year of his death). I'm glad to report that it's now back on duty, and, I'm told, keeping excellent time again. What a difference from our present policies of 'planned obsolescence' - making a thing so that it works only until its guarantee expires, then itself expires soon afterwards, and the customer has to buy a new one. If I allow meself to think about that one I could join Rog as a curmudgeon.