Construction of a Tavern or Act of Parliament Clock
John Wilding, author
TAVERN OR “ACT OF PARLIAMENT” CLOCK—This type of large wall clock is often seen in churches, village halls, schools, etc. It should maintain accuracy within five seconds a week and runs eight days.
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A “LARGE WHEEL” SKELETON CLOCK—This clock features simplicity of design in the inverted “Y” frames together with the large main wheel. A further interesting note is the equal size of both the third and escape wheels. This balances the upper part of the clock. It is driven by a mainspring in a “gong” barrel and has optional stopwork.
CRYSTAL WHEEL SKELETON CLOCK—Horologists will recognize this clock as a close copy of the famous flint glass wheel clocks made by Edwards of Stourbridge. The clock is mounted on a wooden box containing the barrel. The designer obviously thought that the barrel was not aesthetically pleasing and hid it in the box so as not to spoil the appearance of the flint glass centered wheels. The clock and box together stand 22 inches high and is quite impressive. The crystal wheel centers are engraved with a sunburst pattern which, together with the elegant scroll frames, make it a most attractive clock.
SCISSORS CLOCK—This is a most unusual and spectacular clock with its contra oscillating compound pendulums. The bobs of the pendulums take the form of scissor handles as do the hands and winding key. The clock runs for a week on one winding and the interesting pendulum action is a great visual attraction. This can also be built on a small bench top.
LARGE BALANCE WHEEL ELECTRIC CLOCK—This clock is based on the Murday-Reason battery clock manufactured in Brighton at the beginning of the last century. John made several modifications including a balance staff in ball races and a simplified mechanical arrangement for the drive of the hands. The oscillation of the large balance wheel is spectacular in its action. The clock employs the “hipp” toggle principle to maintain the swings.
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