Sunday, March 8, 2015

Howard Post Clock

I've been pretty lazy lately about posting stuff.  I'll try to do better.
Here's a mess of a movement from a Howard Street clock.  I believe it dates to the 1920's.  Howard was probably the premier clock for towers and street clocks and kept records of all of the clocks they sold and installed to individuals and towns.  Unfortunately I couldn't get much history on this one.  I believe some records were lost or destroyed in fires thru the early years.  The clock itself is about 18' tall or so and I think the dial is about 36" - 40" in diameter.  The clock is located in Burlington a block or so off High Street.  The movements in these clocks sit on a shelf in the base.
Here's a pic of the same model clock. 
Here's the movement as it came out of the clock.

Here's the filthy thing apart on my bench which spacewise and toolwise is a perfect size, but a bit small for this clock.
Next the pieces are cleaned and then each one and then hand brushed with either a brass or steel wire brush depending on whether the piece is brass, bronze or cast iron. It's during this process that the pieces are also visually inspected for wear or possible tooth damage.
Here's a shot of the weight which is the driving force of the clock.  It's quite unique that it has a pulley pinned thru the weight itself, which is not removable.  I think it's about 70+ pounds. I couldn't lift it out of the clock either because of the awkward angle, or my old age, so a friend of my son's who lives around the corner drove over and between the 2 of us we got it out.  Getting it back in was easy.  Newton helped me.
The pendulum, although heavy was easier to remove lifting it out by the rod which is about 1" diameter mahagony.  The bob is cast iron.  The rating nut is brass.  Don't know if I have an after pic or not, but the rod was refinished using clear spar urethane and the cast bob was painted with industrial gloss black.

All of the threaded fasteners cleaned and clear coated.
All the cast pieces were acid etched primed and 2 coats of industrial enamel the same color as the original clocks.  The pinstriping  was copied from pictures of original movements that I found on some different clock sites.

 I'll add more to this post a little later.