Current Projects, Page One
and Son, Buer, Germany, c. 1950's.
Three train with hour and
quarter hour count wheel strike. Combined cast iron flat bed with plate and spacer
construction. Graham deadbeat escapement with adjustable pallets. Planet and ring gear
maintaining power on all three trains. Movement is equipped with a 60 second, differential
type, gravity driven train remontoire. Movement is designed to be both electrically and
manually wound. 38"w x 55"h x 30"d.
This is to date the most complex
tower clock I have tried to restore. There are over 500 individual parts. The condition as
found was in fair condition as far as oxidation. Basically a C and an A-E
scale. This is, next to the completeness of the movement, the most important factor
determining the difficulty of a given restoration.
The blue color is much lighter than
in reality, the photo flash causes this shift. All parts were stripped down to the bare
metal, All traces of rust are removed. Every square inch of the clocks' surface is covered
by a protective coating (pivots and pivot holes excepted). Even wheels, including teeth
are lacquered. All bolt heads and bushing faces were machined to obtain a damascene finish
this, plus the fact that the overall finish is superior to that from the factory are the
only departures from the original specifications of the clock. I generally keep to the
original specs, but do stray when I think that the movements' look will benefit from the
change, they are usually minor.
These photos are in connection with
the hour strike train only. Notice how many parts are concerned with just this one
subassembly of a three train clock. The first three photos shows the parts laid out on the
work table first as found, second degreased and stripped, and third restored; ready for
reassembly. Click on individual photos
for more pictures.
Hour strike train disassembled (above).
Hour strike train degreased and stripped of paint.
Hour strike train restored and ready for assembly.