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COMTOISE CLOCK BOOK. NEW 2nd EDITION – When? Where? Why? and How to.

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Seller: rockerwriter (2,061) 100%, Location: Cheltenham, Ships to: GB, Item: 153078686552 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.The 2nd edition of this popular book is a much expanded 94-page run down on where these clocks came from, who built them and why, and practical help in restoring cases and rebuilding movements.Above all it’s about the heart and soul of these light-hearted, friendly and functional works of art.It includes a list of parts of the movement, 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.As well as a section on the Vineyard wall clock, there is a supplement covering the Swedish Mora clock and Danish Bornholm clock. What people have said about this 2nd Edition:‘It is written with a good balance of technical detail and associated stories.This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in mechanical clocks. The real beauty of this book is that you can buy an old Comtoise clock mechanism for very little money, use this book to learn hands on how to get your 150 year old clock back to fully working order, and then hang it proudly on your wall. It is written with a good balance of technical detail and associated stories, and is very understandable even for absolute beginners. It certainly worked for me..... I'm now on my 3rd Comtoise renovation……’ ******‘Our modern-day time traveller, David Holmes, puts more meat on the bones whilst retaining the same light hearted yet serious sentiments as seen in the first edition – a good laymen’s insight into Comtoise, Mora and Bornholm clocks. It was with great anticipation that I awaited the arrival of Iron Man & Survivor after thoroughly enjoying the first edition, written engagingly with passion and humour alongside an informative and educational lilt – the 2nd edition does not disappoint. Unlike the usual reference book, it’s one you can pick up and read over again like a favourite novel. This book is presented in layman’s terms whilst at the same time providing helpful hints and guidance to both novice and scholar alike. Regardless of how knowledgeable we think we are there is always something new to learn and it was David’s passion for Comtoise clocks that introduced me to the wonderful Danish Bornholmerurs and their history to such a degree that I now have two beautiful examples ticking away in my home. A thoroughly good and absorbing read and one that will take pride of place on my book shelf alongside the first edition. It’s reassuring to know there are people such as David around, committed to giving these marvellous time pieces an extended life; let’s hope others feel so inspired, after reading these honest pages, to take up the reigns for future generations to come. Even if you’re not passionate about clocks this book will lead you on a journey of discovery……………’ ****** A wonderful guide to the Comtoise clock.Michael D. ‘This book is beautifully illustrated and written in language that anyone can understand. David's enthusiasm for Comtoise clocks leaps out from every page. As a Comtoise clock owner, I found it a most interesting read and it provides a lovely complement to the clock itself. Highly recommended!Good, interesting and informative’ 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.’ Overseas buyers are welcome. But please email before you bid so I can give you an accurate cost of posting to your country. Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Sub-Type: Cases, Clock Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock

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