Seller: rockerwriter (2,015) 100%, Location: Cheltenham, Ships to: GB, Item: 152334128371 COMTOISEIronman and Survivor of the Clock WorldIf you’ve just dragged a dusty old Comtoise long case clock from the back of a dusty old French barn, or if you just want to know more of what goes on behind the dial, this book is for you.This just-published (Nov 2016) 2nd edition of this popular book is a soft cover, much expanded 94-page, lavishly illustrated run down on where these clocks came from, who built them and why, and practical help in restoring cases and rebuilding movements.It describes the good things about these clocks and the very bad things that people do to them.Above all it’s about the heart and soul of these light-hearted, friendly and functional works of art.It doesn’t do all that the larger, more expensive technical volumes do. But it does a lot that they don’t. As such, it’s a partner to your other Comtoise books and will fill a gap, not just on your bookshelf, but in your own personal store of knowledge. It includes maps of the Franche-Comte region, an instructive section on parts of the Comtoise movement, a thorough glossary and a list of Makers, Movers and Shakers. You will find useful facts, figures and photographs relating to the different styles of cases, their construction and the (sometimes quite personal) messages scrawled therein. Also detailed and illustrated are pendulum styles throughout the period and 4 pages on the different designs of brass frontons. Altogether a much more comprehensive work on this subject and an easy but exhaustive workshop manual.It’s for anyone with just a little common sense, a little curiosity, and a lot of affection for these attractive and cheerful clocks.As well as a section on the Vineyard wall clock, this latest edition has a supplement covering the Swedish Mora clock and Danish Bornholm clock. What people said about the 1st Edition: “This 44 page book is a wittily-written overview of Comtoise clocks – their mechanisms, their cases and what makes them special. It celebrates the ordinary nature of these devices, made by “blacksmiths and... agricultural workers with big hands and thick fingers”. It shows us why this type of movement and its case are so fascinating, and even some of the things to look for when trying to date a specific clock. Generously illustrated with colour photographs, it is NOT a detailed technical manual. It is aimed at the non-specialist who is already interested in clocks [why else would you want to read it?]. Knowledge of basic terms such as ’verge’, ‘anchor’, and ‘striking train’ is assumed, but such terms are very easy to look up. What the book does do is to show possibilities and to whet the appetite to find out more. It explains how this type of clock is not just a standard mechanism like all the others. Instead, it gives the clock individuality - identifiable features characteristic of its type. That I can now see these features means that I enjoy the clock in front of me so much more. The only downside to the book is that there are a few blank leaves at the back, and from the quality of what went before it cannot be that David Holmes has run out of interesting things to say. I would have liked more. This book is a labour of love. If you have picked up one of these clocks from an antique dealer or a car boot sale and you want an interesting introduction to what you are looking at, it is ideal – and it was such fun to read!” “A great book that helped me repair a Comtoise clock, it is full of easy to understand help and information. Immensely readable and well written.” "A very informative book, and a very likeable author!!! Many many thanks!!!!" "Interesting read and well illustrated." "This my second copy of this brilliant book, I gave my first one away to someone who bought a clock from me that I had restored using your book. Easily the best low cost book about clocks I have ever read.” Christmas is coming. This is a great present from you… to you! Overseas buyers are welcome. But please email before you bid so I can give you an accurate cost of posting to your country.