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  Reader's letter | October 2006 | Clocks Magazine

Reversed picture

I’m really surprised that old eagle eye Tom Spittler didn’t notice that the open front view of the offset Japanese wall clock on p16 of the July issue was in fact reversed. Being that the pages are back-to-back, it doesn’t stand out, but if the photographs had been on opposing pages, it would have been spotted immediately.

Also, despite the dial, that is not a Seikosha movement. I believe the dial is a newer Korean re-make, as we have seen hundreds of these dials on Japanese clocks from many different manufacturers, and they have all come out of Korea. They are sheet tin, not zinc, and all are silk-screened in the same colour, numeral style, and fake Seikosha logo. The offset clock in the MacDonald’s seems to be a different breed of cat! I’d love to see some up-close shots of that one.?

On another subject, we currently have (and are restoring) a rather unique Scottish mahogany-cased wall clock. The 12in round, silvered, brass dial plate is engraved ‘Wm. Sharp, 117 Buchanan Street, Glasgow’, presumably the maker. There is a mahogany framed mirror panel that slides into the case sides (from the top), and forms a channel for the weights to slide up and down. The mirror also separates the weights and the pendulum. ?The really unique thing about this clock is the elaborate winding mechanism above the movement that?seems to have?no other purpose than to transfer the cords to the back of the case where the weights are.

I find it hard to believe that this is a one-off, because?of the cast-iron brackets, but it may have been a prototype or a Scottish clockmaker’s delusional creation that never saw production because of its impracticality. Once the mirror panel is in place, there is absolutely no access to the weights or pulleys when and if the cord breaks, or the cord comes off the pulley.

Fred Bausch, USA

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