This elegant Skeleton clock with a novel pendulum arrangement features a dramatic hand painted Sun and Moon dial. The dial rotates once a day revealing a Day and Night sky into which is incorporated a Moonphase aperture showing the different phases of the moon throughout the 29 ½ day cycle.
The Pendulum bob is mounted between the enamel dial and the front plate and the bob itself is shaped like the rising Sun which reflects light of its many facets in motion giving added life to the clock.
Between the massively thick plates the movement is light and airy featuring wheels with 5 and 6 crossings and the whole clock is mounted on a wooden base of your choice, French polished to a mirror finish.
The movement is powered by a going barrel and has a minimum 8 days going, wound from the front the key is stored into the side of the base.
Finally the whole clock is protected by a framed glass shade, which does not need to be removed for winding.
Dimensions: 48 x 33 x 18 cm ( H x B x T )
Price Range (inkl. VAT): 10 – 20.000,00 €
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In homage to the James Condliffe of Liverpool, circa 1860 this single train skeleton clock is the first of a collection of 3 different pieces being made in 2008/2009 and NEW for BASELWORLD 2008.
The exquisite crossings of the wheelwork and plates have been designed to show Sinclair Harding’s attention to detail and finishing at its very best.
The frames, pierced out of solid brass, are gracefully faceted, polished and burnished to provide a gleaming support for the four-wheel train. The Great Wheel has 288 teeth and makes only one revolution daily. This drives the centre wheel, which is framed, by the pierced chapter ring and bezel. The hands are extremely delicate and can made in gold plated brass or highly polished and blued steel to provide a greater contrast.
The escapement is a ‘Graham Deadbeat’ controlled by a ‘silk’ suspension and Invar pendulum. The movement is fitted with Maltese cross stop work to achieve the best timekeeping and the clock runs for a full 8 days.
The movement is mounted on two ornate pillars and appears to be floating over the base made from a sandwich of decorative brass plates and selected wood or marble of your choice.
Finally the clock is protected by a framed glass shade (not shown), which does not need removing to wind.
The piece is available finished with gold plate or a combination of gold and Rhodium.
John Harrison (born 31. März 1693 in Foulby near Wakefield, Yorkshire; † 24. März1776 in London) was a self-educated English clockmaker. He invented the “marine chronometer”, a long-sought device in solving the problem of establishing the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea, thus revolutionising and extending the possibility of safe long distance sea travel in the “Age of Sail”. The problem was considered so intractable that the British Parliament offered a prize of £ 20,000 (comparable to £2.87 million / €3.65 million / $4.72 million in modern currency) for the solution.
In May of 1714 representations from Her Majesty’s Fleet, Merchants and Merchant-Men demanded the Government encourage the solution of the Longitude problem and in July of that year the Longitude Act was passed offering up to £20,000 for a method of determining Longitude at Sea.
In the mid 1720’s Yorkshire born John Harrison started work on what would be the first of his clocks, H1 that would work on board ships and so solve the Longitude problem. In 1772 after a lifetimes work, culminating in the watch H4, John Harrison was paid the final balance of the £20,000 reward.
In 1999 Sinclair Harding started work on a clock in homage to John Harrison. Nearly 5 years in the making the Sinclair Harding H1 is a wonderful combination of art and fascinating mechanics, all finished to an exquisite standard.
Approximately 3/4 (24″ wide x 18″ deep x 18″ high) of the original size, this still impressive piece puts on show Harrison’s inventions, from the simple yet significant roller mounting of the Spring barrel arbor through the elegance of the Grasshopper escapement to the to the mind-boggling complexity of the Grid Iron compensation mechanism.
Take a trip through the clock, marvel at the genius of John Harrison and the skills of the Sinclair Harding craftsmen.
This magnificent chiming Skeleton Clock is the result of months of painstaking hand work. Each plate is individually cut out of solid brass, edge filed, papered smooth, burnished and gilded before finally being built into a finished clock. Every wheel and arbor, detent and lever has been finished by hand to give the whole mechanism the glittering aspect of a true work of art.
The motive power for the 8 day movement is provided by three mainsprings each operating through its respective fusee and chain to give virtually constant torque to the train of wheels. The going train is fitted with a recoil anchor escapement and controlled by a 0.4 sec pendulum to give a good standard of time keeping.
The escape pallet is made from high carbon steel, with through hardened faces diamond polished to a mirror finish assuring a long life. The chiming train operates a pinned drum and hammer assembly which can be set to play Westminster or a choice of Whittington and St Michael chimes on a hand tuned octave of cast bells, whilst the striking train sounds the hours on a ninth tenor bell. The levers and racks controlling this activity are finished to the same meticulous standard.
The movement is mounted on a Sicilian white marble base, which in its turn, is supported on a mahogany plinth. The brass bound glass shade protects the whole clock from dust, while at the same time allows perfect visibility.
Dimensions: 45 x 32 x 21 cm ( H x B x T )
Price Range (inkl. VAT): 15 – 25.000,00 €
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Probably the most popular clock in our range of Sea clocks, the Moonphase Sea clock embodies 3 of John Harrison’s basic principles used his original H1. It also provides in the Moonphase dial a representation of the competition (Lunar distance method) he faced for the solution to the Longitude problem back in the 18th Century.
The compound pendulums and Grasshopper escapement are positioned at the front of the clock making the subtle and almost silent “lock and release” of the pallets enduringly fascinating to watch.
Almost every piece is made in the workshops of Sinclair Harding using a combination of modern technology, materials and traditional finishing techniques. Every care is taken at each stage in the making and build to ensure that the final clock performs to a standard, which justifies the association with John Harrison.
Almost all the non moving parts are Gold plated and the whole clock is mounted on a base of your choice into which the key and hand setter are stored, Mahogany is the standard material but other options are Ebony, Walnut, and Marble, if we can get it, you can have it.
Finally the clock is protected by a framed glass shade (not shown) into which holes are provided in the glass allowing the winding to be carried out without having to remove the shade.
The Standard Sea clock was the first of the Sea clocks made by Sinclair Harding. The original design was conceived by Richard Good and styled by Mike Harding in the 1980’s. In 1999 several modifications were made to the movement as part of Sinclair Harding’s continuous bid to improve on every clock made.
The main modification was the addition of a Chain driven Fusee, another of Harrison’s inventions, which subsequently made improvements in the clocks timekeeping abilities – important for a clock “Inspired by John Harrison”.
All the movement features of the Moonhase Sea clock, with the obvious exception of the Moonphase dial, are incorporated in this clock.
Two styles of clock are available and for the want of a better term they are named “His” and “Hers”. As with all Sinclair Harding clocks a selection of finish and base materials can be specified to make your clock a very personal piece.
Each clock is individually serial numbered and is protected by a framed glass shade – not shown, enabling winding each week to be carried out without having to remove the glass.