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Turret Clock by Bryson & Son 1843

Before and after restoration of a two train turret clock by James Bryson and Son. James Bryson was on of the finest Edinburgh clock makers of the nineteenth century. I have sold several fine long case and mantle clocks by him over the years. In 1843 his eldest son joined him in his business and the year after his second son joined the firm. Thus for only a single year was the firm known as Bryson an Son. In 1844 it became Bryson and Sons. Edinburgh had two firms of turret clock makers Bryson and James Richie and the competiton between them was intense. They competed on the quality of their products and this clock is a good example of this competition. Note that all the wheel have six spokes just like their regultors. Other nice touches are the brass bearings attaching the fly wings to the spindle so that they could be adjusted properly for the speed of striking, the brass ends of the winding arbours etc. The main pinons are all tapered - a sure sign of quality - it is much cheaper and easier to use round rod. An unusual touch is the internal strike rack mechanism like a long case clock. The mechanism is complete and now in working order. The winding handle is present but the one second pendulum is missing together with the weights. This piece is a good size for a turret clock, not too big for realistic use/diplay The diamensions of the frame are 21" (53 cm) x 12" (30 cm) x height to the top of the pendulum suspension 18.5" (47 cm), the winding keys and hammer are outside these dimensions.

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