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Morbier movement – A Modern Dutch Classic

One of my favorite clocks is a modern Morbier. I love the Morbier movement. I first featured it in this entry:  http://duetime.wordpress.com/morbier-grandfather-clock/.  This newer movement is practically identical in design to the early Morbiers. This simple clock is a design classic in my opinion. I think of it as the VW of clocks, a clock for the people.

This clock was made in Holland by a small company that manufactures handmade Morbier clocks. This one is not old…..Vintage at best. This was the perfect solution for me. I have a vintage clock with a solid oak case. The real appeal to me is the movement. It is like a miniature ‘tower clock’ movement,  over-engineered and as accurate as my jewelers regulator….I love it!

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French Morbier Comtoise Grandfather Clock. ca 1850/60. (movement and face only)

This Morbier Comtoise Grandfather Clock is obviously a marriage of an original Comtoise Morbier movement and a newer hand crafted case. I purchased this clock mainly for the case. Which is exceptionally well crafted.  It appears to be a handmade case of the highest quality.Morbier Comtoise Grandfather Clock

The movement was fitted with a single bob pendulum that was also fashioned specifically for this case.

When I inspected the movement I noticed upon attempting to wind the clock that the winding arbor on the time train side would spin without engaging the ratchet wheel and the weight would not raise.

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French Morbier (Comtoise) Clock ca 1860

French Morbier (Comtoise) Clock. ca 1860.

This clock was a restoration, I have included before and after photos. I cleaned the movement and made some minor repairs.

Upon inspection, I noticed that the fly had been soldered to the fly pinion.

Before movement restoration

Before movement restoration

The fly must rotate on its shaft with only the drag produced by the fly spring. This is very important because if the fly does not spin when the strike cycle stops, the momentum created by the fly could shear off the gathering pallet. This was a fact that I learnt when working on this clock (thanks Jim!).

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