Final Update: Gledhill Brook Time Recorder Restoration

I have now completed the Gledhill Brook Time Recorder Restoration. I purchased this machine from a person who advertised the sale of three IBM master clocks in a local paper. I called the seller and arranged to meet him at a storage facility.  When he opened the door to the locker I found three IBM clocks: one master clock and two slave clocks. All were electric powered and in need of lots of work. There were also several large boxes of parts.

In the back I noticed a Gledhill Brook case. All the parts were removed and it had been partly sanded down. I asked about the parts. The seller said that perhaps they were in these boxes; he wasn’t sure. Gledhill Brook Time Recorder restorations are ones I’m particularly proud of, as English clocks hold a special place in my heart and I know the stories and people that come to me through these clocks, even if I’ll never know the details.

Fortunately, I had just finished restoring a Gledhill about a month before so the parts were still fresh in my mind. I was able to find the face, movement, time recorder, and just about any other part that looked familiar to me. I made a deal and left with the clock.

It has taken me almost three years to complete this project, as I had to search eBay for some parts to finish the clock. They included the pendulum, control rods, hands, locks & latches, even the little plastic plate stating, “Do not wind hands back.”

Of note: all these parts are available on eBay (UK) and seem to come up quite frequently. I live in the United States where these clocks are quite rare.

3 responses to “Final Update: Gledhill Brook Time Recorder Restoration

  1. As a member of the Halifax Great War Trail Association, I have acquired a Gledhill-Brook Time Clock (No. 18205) for use to record the hours worked by our volunteers. It appears to be complete and probably only needs a good clean and an experienced hand to set it up in the basement of a 19th century mill which has been made available as a base. Is there anyone in the Halifax/West Riding of Yorkshire area who could help or offer some advice? Incidentally, the West Yorkshire Archive section of the Halifax Reference Library has a substantial amount of paperwork from the Gledhill-Brook company. We intend to examine the records for the war years including the production of bomb aiming devices.

  2. Can anyone tell me when Arabic numerals superceded Roman numerals on these clocks or was it a buyers choice at the time of purchase??

  3. I dragged home a Gledhill-Brook Time Recorders, LTD. clock yesterday. The many I bought it from purchased it in 1982. It had been in a factory in Cleveland, Ohio. I found a dime inside dated 1980.It is complete and seems to have a broken suspension spring. The case is in good condition, although at some point in its life somebody poured a can of gray enamel over the top, and it dribbled down the back. You can’t see this from the front of the clock, and I’m going to leave it alone. The winding key is present, but the door key is missing. I’ll have one made. The lower mechanism is all there and works, although the ribbon and spools is long gone. My intent is not to restore the case or face, but to save the patina and make sure everything is in good working condition. The serial number is 66038, which puts in squarely in the middle of WWII. It has one of the movements with steel plates, bushed in brass. This afternoon I’ll make a new suspension spring and try it out, then I’ll dismantle and clean everything. Should be fun!

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