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Made in Birmingham, England|
The Clock Dial
There is a carving that shows a
large bird, clouds, mountains, and the
sun. It is hard to see all of the detail
because of the aged patina.
At high noon the clockmaker would
fill the water canister until the clock hand
would point to the 12 o'clock position.
The Clock Canister
The embossing is almost 1/4 inch deep in some spots.
It looks like something you might see on an old wine
goblet or centurion's armor from the 1400s and 1500s.
The water valve would then be opened
to allow the water to drip out.
As the water would drip out, the float in
the water canister would drop, causing
the chain that ishooked to the float to
move the clock hand.
The following day at high noon, the clock
hand should once atgain point to the
12 o'clock position. If the clock did not
point to the correct time each day,
the clockmaker would adjust the drip
rate until the clock would indicate
the correct time.
The Base & Reservoir
The water drips into the reservoir and
the reservoir and the reservoir would slide
forward so the water could be dumped back
into the canister. The reservoir is rich with
elaborate tooling and carvings.
Reproduction Clepsydras |
Pearson, Page & Jewsbury Catalog
Made in 1918 and dated 1665 to 1750
Table Clock |
Table Clock |
Wall Clock |
In 1918 Pearson, Page & Jewsbury made ornamental brass products at their Illeene Works plant on Sherlock Street in Birmingham, England.
Some of the items they made were water clocks in antiquated style. The reproduction water clocks bear fictitious names and dates from about 1650 to 1678.
The clocks were made of ornamental brass and the parts were of simple construction, lacking the ornate embossing on the water canisters, or the detailed carvings on the base.
The actual water clocks that were built from about 1550 until around 1595 were elaborate works of art. Toward the middle of the 16th century, building a water clock was a major production so they were embellished with deep hand embossing and elaborate carving. It was not practical
to add this art work to the reproduction water clocks as they were disigned to be only ornamental display pieces. They were kept simple to keep the cost down and to feature the shining brass.
None of the clocks Pearson, Page produced would function as a timekeeper, and there are no known genuine water clocks of English make dated in the 1600s.
The Conger Street Clock Tower
Reproduction Clepsydra |
Made in England in 1975
The dial is heavy cast with a lot of design. This is a reproduction of an English clock on display in a British Museum. The original was made sometime in the late 16th century.
This clock tower mechanism was built about 1750 and the
pendulum is 13 feet long. It takes almost 4 seconds
for the pendulum to complete one cycle.
The Conger Street|
730 Conger Street, Eugene, Oregon 97402
The Conger Street Clock Museum is a walk back in time as you
They come by the bus load to visit
look at one of the 20 window exhibits featuring memories of the past.
Hand made cars, tractors, trains and clocks are just a few of the things
you will see. Visit the communications room, see the camera collection
and the minature pedal car collection.
The Conger Street Clock Museum
The Conger Street Clock Museum |
730 Conger Street
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Museum and Showroom Hours
Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Phone 541-344-6359 Fax 541-338-0869
PO Box 2100, Eugene, Oregon 97402
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