Monday, April 27, 2015

Angels Comtoise - Part 3 (Finished Clock)

The clock has been finished for a while, and I procrastinated when it came time to take photos of it. I still have to buy ropes, hooks, a winding crank, and find a pendulum and weights. I decided not to do anything with the dial, and not to clean the hands or washers, and I'm very happy with that decision.

The dial appears to have been painted gold over the brass. I can't tell if it was done this way originally, or if it was painted later, but as discussed previously, the dial has never been disassembled, and the paint goes right to the edges, with no traces of paint under/around the enamel or past the edges on the back.

I was not able to find any other information about the maker "Gaspard Decloitre" and I have found NO other clocks by this maker/retailer or any mentions of any other Decloitre clocks.

Because of the style, and the use of an anchor escapement, this clock likely dates to the 1860s, 1870s, or possibly even later. If it still had the original pendulum, it may be a bit easier to date.

I may retake this photo. My camera has been giving me trouble lately.

Note new leather bell washers.

It's amazing how much difference a thorough cleaning and fresh paint can do for a clock that almost looked "beyond help" originally. A friend has suggested that the bell was likely dropped. It doesn't sound very good (like clanging a frying pan), so I may try to find a replacement. Unfortunately the bell is quite large at 6" and most are a bit smaller.

For Sale (From Junky Clock Haul)

I've had several people (elsewhere) ask if any of these clocks would be available for sale, so I took detailed photos of the ones I want to sell. Since I have everything ready, I thought I would also post them here.

Prices are negotiable. Shipping is extra (I pack very well, and I'll ship worldwide). I ship from Canada K6J 2V4.

A: Helmut Kammerer Cuckoo 10$
Missing back door, no pendulum, I may or may not have a chain for it (it appears to use only a single chain for the time and strike). Bellows leather is worn and needs replacing. The entire front is also loose on the case, but nothing too severe.

B: Beautiful Painted Regula Cuckoo 40$
Replacement pendulum, no side door, no hands. The flutes have a very nice sound to them. Has the chains and weights, but it's missing the hooks and loops. The colous on it are beautiful and it would make a great clock with a bit of work.

C: Regula Cuckoo 30$
Crest and hands are missing. Replacement pendulum included. Bellows need new leather/cloth. Otherwise the clock is in excellent condition. Chains and weights present.

D: White Painted Cuckoo Clock Case 5$
This is a rather rare clock, but it is only a partial case. The top and pendulum are missing, as is the movement, back door, hands, etc. It has the original bellows, and the original bird. I have white-painted weights with it also. The case is dirty, but the dirt comes off pretty easily. In the photos I've cleaned the right side and centre leaves as well as half the dial. The veins in the leaves have gold detailing.

E: Two Backboards for 8 Day Cuckoos (Make an offer)
One is 5 3/4" wide x 6 1/8" high, marked "8 Day" and stamped "6-72 West Germany". The second is 6 1/16" wide x 6 1/8" high, marked with "R" (Regula) and stamped "Germany". Included is part of a bird carving.

F: 8 Day Ingraham Winston 5$
The Clock is in good condition, and in working order. Still has repair tag attached.

G: Large Kundo Anniversary Clock 20$ OBO
This is a rather nice piece. Large size. No dome, no key. 2 missing adjustable feet, one missing mounting bolt, and one missing screw on the back "bridge". The suspension is ruined, but it is still there, along with the fork and both blocks. This could be a very nice clock once repaired.

H: Kundo Anniversary Clock 15$
Very similar to the clock above (same dial) but the smaller (standard) size. No dome, no key, one missing hand. The pendulum is missing, but the suspension spring (part of it) is there with the fork and top block. The 3 adjustable feet are missing. Movement is dirty, but looks to be in excellent shape. This could be a very nice clock if you have the spare parts for it.

J: Kundo Anniversary Clock (Battery) (Make an offer)
Beautiful dial, and I have seen this dial on mechanical versions as well. No pendulum or dome but everything else seems to be there. The 3 adjustable feet are there. A great clock for donor parts (finials, nuts & bolts, dial, hands, etc).

K: Atlanta Quartz Clock (1$ or free with another purchase?)
Made in Germany, the dial is nice, but the case is plastic. It appears to be missing some sort of mini handle or finial on top.

L: Ergo Mini Anniversary Clock (8 Day). 5$
An interesting little clock. Mostly made of plastic, with the dome secured with 2 screws. The suspension spring on it is ruined.

M: Kern Anniversary Clock 40$
Very nice clock in complete and working condition (Small size). All it needs is a dome and key. The suspension spring seems perfectly fine, and it will run for a few minutes. I'm asking more for this one, because it's very nice, and I may keep it if I can't sell it for 40$.

P: Manoir Anniversary Clock (Make an offer)
This one looks nice, but it is 90% plastic. One missing hand, no dome. I'm not sure if the suspension is still good on it.

Q: Kundo Electro-Magnetic Clock (Make an offer)
I'm not sure what to ask for this one. I sold a similar one a few years ago for over 200$, but I'm not expecting to get nearly that much for this one. It needs a dome and a suspension spring. Otherwise it looks to be in great shape, with clean contacts for the battery in the base. This is an excellent and collectible electro-magnetic clock.

R: Hubert Herr Wall Clock (Make an offer 15$?)
This clock is rather nice, with a wonderful bell strike. I have the weights and chains, but no pendulum. The guy I got the clock parts from said he had the pendulum, but I'm not sure if it was the pendulum for this clock, or the other square clock. I have a second identical clock case that is empty and I can also include it for free.

S: Seth Thomas Alarm Clock 5$
Made in Germany. Alarm is functional, but movement needs cleaning.

T: "Deluxe" 7 Jewels Alarm Clock 5$
Made in Germany. Alarm setting knob is missing.

U: HAC Art Deco Desk Clock (Make an offer)
I may want to keep this one, but if you'd really like it, make me an offer. It has a very unusual winding arrangement on the back, and is in working condition. It has luminous hands and numerals.

W: School Slave Dial (Quartz Movement) 10$
This is a rather nice dial and bezel. The hands are missing, as is the original movement. The back is also missing. The lettering is hand painted.