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Turret Clock by Bryson & Son 1843

Untouched 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 (underneath the grime!). Note that all the wheel have six spokes just like 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 just like a long case clock. The mechanism appear to be complete and in good order under the crap the winding handle is present but the one second pendulum is missing together with the weights. This piece is a nice size fot 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. For the time being I am offering this piece in its unrestored condition - I have heaps of other work to keep me occupied. If any customer would like it in restored condition I am prepared to quote both time and cost for the work. Restored this will be magic!

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