New Clock Cases

   Some work that has now passed through my workshop has been entirely in bits and pieces, and on their last legs when they came in.

   This has given me the opportunity to see just how the construction was carried out to the many types of clock cases, so initially, for my own satisfaction I constructed one or two from scratch, I understand fully that balance to the proportions and construction is everything, but apart from the age factor, there was little or no difference from mine to the real thing, see what you think to this case.

   Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy the work that I do to all the restorations I carry out, but if the opportunity arises whereby I can manufacture a new case as the existing one is solid woodworm dust !, or it was simply lost many years ago, all the better. They don't come around all that often so when they do I relish the opportunity to make a New Case just as it was supposed to be.

   The above item was very satisfying, (on this occasion it was for a customer not me). It was a mahogany, silver dial clock, with a fusee movement, complete with draw to the base which just happens to hold the key and is the norm in this case. The movement and dial were restored at the same time.

Why would I want to do this?

   To give you an Idea why this was done, I'll quote a few figures, if you were to buy this particular type of clock, from some retailers perfect and original including the case in every way, the costs could be in excess of  £15,000 Depending on the design, date of manufacture etc.

   This particular dial and movement had been lying around for sometime and had previously been made up into a bracket clock of sorts, overall value about £1,200 but the case was totally wrong for this dial and movement. So when it was realised what it should look like, in a proper Mahogany Wall Clock case, the gentleman decided to have a case purpose made, value now possibly in excess of £7,000.

   The silver dial clock now has the correct design case in quality & finesse and without doubt the look of a perfect dial clock of this calibre, but true to say unfortunately, not its age. This is the one thing that you really cannot copy, nor would I or the owner in question try to purport it to be something that it is not.

   Other than it now being in the correct type of case to suit the dial and movement, in the end we were all pleased with the result.

   Another Item that I was rather pleased with, is this small New Case, Oak Long case Clock I had acquired the movement and dial some time ago, so I thought I would make up the long case to suit.

Gallery New Cases

  • Mahogany wall clock drawing.
    Mahogany wall clock drawing.
     
  • Cutting mitre to drawer base.
    Cutting mitre to drawer base.
     
  • Profile of moulds inside drawer.
    Profile of moulds inside drawer.
     
  • Dial clock Inside of case.
    Dial clock Inside of case.
     
  • Wall clock, draw and moulds.
    Wall clock, draw and moulds.
     
  • Reeded stop chamfer.
    Reeded stop chamfer.
     
  • Dial prior to re-silvering.
    Dial prior to re-silvering.
     
  • Mahogany dial clock, design by another.
    Mahogany dial clock, design by another.
     
  • Wall clock, swept moulding and fretted top.
    Wall clock, swept moulding and fretted top.
     
  • Wall clock top left corner of moulds & fret.
    Wall clock top left corner of moulds & fret.
     
  • Wall clock movement, after restoration.
    Wall clock movement, after restoration.
     
  • Mahogany wall clock 2010 complete.
    Mahogany wall clock 2010 complete.
     

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