As some of you who visit our site regularly may have noticed, our Gledhill Brook Time Recorder posts have received far and away more traffic, questions, and queries than any posts about any of our other clocks. We, therefore, felt there was call for a site dedicated exclusively to these timepieces. So, we have created a sort of Gledhill Brook fan site.
A Gledhill Brook Fan Site
GledhillBrook.Com is an infant right now, but we hope to continually add to it, both as we ourselves do more research and as we recieve information from other GB lovers around the world.
The cabinet and movement of this Gledhill Brook Time Recorder are now finished and the movement is back in place.
The next step is to dismantle the Time Recorder mechanism, clean and reassemble. This part is by far the brunt of the work because there is so much rust and oxidation.
Dismantling and reassembling these punch mechanisms can be challenging as I have never found any literature or assembly diagrams. I rely solely on digital photos to document the assembly before I take anything apart. There are so many parts that it would be almost impossible to reassemble without a reference.
We have a Gledhill Brook Time Recorder restoration which was actually purchased as a box of parts and a case. Most of the clock appears to be complete with the exception of the hands and a few small parts that I will be able to fabricate. Fortunately, I have a complete Gledhill Brook clock from which to work.
Rolls Royce of Time Recorders
As I’ve stated in a previous post, if one ever has an opportunity to work on one of these clocks you will soon realize why they are regarded as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of time recorders. Huge chain fusee movements fitted with Harrison maintaining power.
After concluding the repairs and reassembly to the punch part, I had simply to wait while The Dial House, expert restorers out of Dallas, Georgia, worked their magic on this Simplex time recorder dial.
And what an incredible job Marth Smallwood and her staff have done. See for yourself:
See the previous posts about this project:
Time recorders are some of our favorite clocks. Check out our category page for other units in our collection. The movements for these clocks tend to be larger and easier to work on, a factor a watch repairman would scoff at, perhaps, but to each his own.
This National Time Recorder specimen is the only Time Recorder in my collection with a ‘day’ indicator.
This clock is in its original ‘un-restored’ condition. As you can see, I have lots of work to do this winter!!
I will post updates as I work through the restoration process…….to be continued.
The cascade front and day indicators are the most collectible time recorders.
Work Clocks.co.uk is an incredible online site full of valuable information about the history of English time recorders. It’s worth a browse through if you are as interested in them as we are.
This is a very nice example of an early Simplex Time Recorder (Punch Clock).
I am in the process of a restoration on this clock. The job will not involve much work to the cabinet. As the case is in reasonable condition, refinishing will not be required. The movement and time recording mechanism will take most of my attention.
As you can see by the photos, the face is in bad condition. This is one part of clock work that has to be done by a specialist, in this case the dial has been sent to The Dial House in Georgia.