Sometimes, it’s the simplest clocks that bring the most pleasure. This fusee English wall clock hangs in our kitchen and is a precise time keeper. No clues as to its origins, but it’s fusee through and through.
This dial came to us in perfect condition. Never recondition original parts, even dials, if they arrive to you this way. However, faces often suffer the most over the years and if you find one that is so flaked as to be unreadable, there are professional restorers who can help you out.
I particularly like it when we come across clocks that still contain on their dials the names of the establishments in which they hung. This fusee gallery clock is labeled Thomas Armstrong & Brother, a respected maker of scientific instruments based in Manchester, UK, founded in the nineteenth century.
Eventually, the firm began making optical equipment and in 1877 the company was officially appointed as the opticians to the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital based on Oxford Road. (source)
An English firm making premier instruments utilizing an English clock to tell time. A lovely memory of a time no longer with us.
We are fusee maniacs; we have fusee mania. Say it with me, “I’m a fusee maniac.”
Next to Gledhill Brook time recorders (which use a fusee movement!!!), English fusee clocks are our favorite. We have close to ten really nice specimens. Here are three dials which required attention. So, we had them redone and labelled with some Tunbridge Wells / Kent landmarks that are part of our personal history and close to our hearts.
Avon stores was a shop at the bottom of Avon Road near the Rec in Tunbridge Wells in the early 1970s.
A high quality English Fusee clock.
Time Only Fusee movement during cleaning. Relatively few parts. Easy to work on.
The Fusee chain was missing when I purchased this English astral Coventry fusee wall clock, I wasn’t sure if it would have originally had a chain or a cable drive to the fusee cone. After examination, I determined that it would have been a cable drive. Some points that led me to this were:
- Three holes in the mainspring barrel to accommodate a cable. A Chain would fit in a slot.
- A recess hole in the back of the fusee cone to accommodate a knot and, again, no slot.
On occasion it is possible to determine whether the movement was originally fitted out with a chain or a cable by examining the Fusee cone grooves. If the bottom of the groove is rounded, it was machined to accommodate a cable. If the groove has a flat bottom, it was made for a chain.