I came across an old newspaper clip from 1987 when my clock shop had a full retail division. That’s me in the picture when I still had hair.
Those were the days!
Loved selling clocks and making customers happy.
Hands and ratio gearing are back on after straightening the bent shaft.
Seems to be doing fine.
The view from the left side between the plates shows a large chrome cylinder or barrel that houses the mainspring. Above it is the more conical shaped cable drum that, together, comprise the “fusee” powertrain. The fusee was invented long ago to provide more consistent power from the mainspring throughout the winding cycle. Mainsprings tend to impart more power when they are fully wound, then lose power as they unwind. The fusee compensates for this. More consistent power results in more accurate timekeeping.
Is this a cool clock or what??!! The hands are off because I repaired the bent shaft and I’m testing it. I’ll post a video or pic with the hands on later if my repairs were successful.
Video production by Erica L. Lang ~ student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism