Wednesday, 11 November 2015
I am presenting the photograph of the above goodies not as any form of 'mystery object' but as the sort of work that I have been doing lately. I am, as you know, by profession an antiquarian horologist, but lately the dozen - no!- twenty or so good antique clocks that I keep in good running order in the area have been behaving themselves beautifully, and have been in no need of Michael's attention; so that I have been spreading myself a bit work wise - broadening my horizons you might call it, and turning my skills to all sorts of other things. As above, a flintlock musket that I purchased whilst on holiday in the West Country. It had not worked for some years, and I spent about three days putting it back into good working order. It is, as you can see, a military musket of circa 1750-1770, and originally of French/German origin. I've enjoyed playing with it, and it's now in good working order. The sword is a massive 'hand and a half sword' of German make (probably Solingen) and XVIth / XVIIth century date. When I was first shown it, most of the grip, and all of the grip binding, were missing, or to put it another way - most of the hilt (or what was left of it) was clattering around. Anyway, another two good days work did the trick, and I was able to , at least, FEEL busy. This last few years I've survived in business by having turned meself into an antique restorer/dealer.
Then yesterday we took two telephone calls, both from owners' of antique clocks (both clocks date from the first half of the 1700s) and both are beginning to feel their age a bit (yes gentle reader or rather Crowbard and Rog - I do know how they feel). The point of this blog entry is that, however slack things seem to be, there are always jobs to be done:
"For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen,
Before we go to paradise by way of Kensal Green."
G.K. Chesterton- The Rolling English Road.