Christopher Gould Grandfather Clock Restore – Fecit Londini c1700

This can be a clock I lately offered a mechanical reapair for. Its a very good and uncommon Gould clock with the all necessary “Fecit Londini” inscription meaning “made in London”. This won’t appear a lot of a credential to have however this inscription was solely used on early high-quality London guild member constructed clocks.

The face is authentic and options an early shutter daring mechanism that permits the clock to maintain working whereas the weights are wound up. Keep in mind that it takes about 20 seconds to wind up the clock. With out the shutter bolt, the clock could be working 80 seconds sluggish over a month. On the time this clock was made such accuracy was considered each helpful and prestigious.

The opposite nice function on these early clocks is the glass lenticle which exhibits the shifting pendulum. It doesnt actually have a sensible goal nevertheless it appears to be like nice and provides the cock extra motion and life if you have a look at it.

The case is authentic and really nicely produced in addition to being in wonderful situation.

It had suffered some fairly severe put on within the bell stantion. This was all the time going to occur as as soon as I inspected the element it had a carbon streak fault line in casting. Im stunned this wasnt picked up by the maker throughout manufacturing nevertheless it was burried underneath some anvil work so…forgiveable!.

The extra significant issue was the put up for the hour wheel gearing had misplaced its thread and indifferent which had brought about a whole disconnection of the entrance of face gearing and related issues. With a little bit of cautious modification and testing we bought there ultimately utilizing the unique parts. Its fairly necessary to make use of authentic elements a far as abolutely attainable on clocks like this though worn wheels and pinions cant be saved or adjusted for generally.

I’m usually requested thus far and worth grandfather clocks. I put this down as 1690-1700 on the date as a result of lenticle and face model.

These clocks changing into very uncommon in good situation, and whereas values have tumbled previously few years they’re now returning – specifically on the prime finish issues the place this clock sits firmly. To purchase this you would need to pay between 10k and as much as 20k however the longer you wait on one like this (in the mean time) the higher and higher the worth goes to get.

I don’t care about clock values within the least and can work on no matter is put in entrance of me in fact, however its all the time good to get a well-known identify within the workshop and see what the highest of the sport was at the moment.