British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980: The Rise and Fall of a Technology by Leslie Philip PookBritish Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980: The Rise and Fall of a Technology by Leslie Philip Pook

British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980: The Rise and Fall of a Technology

byLeslie Philip Pook

Hardcover | February 5, 2015

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This book complements available one-make books on domestic synchronous clocks. It is also a history of science book that sets British domestic synchronous clocks, their manufacturers and technology in their social context.

Part I covers the historical background, British domestic synchronous clock manufacturers and brands, how synchronous clocks work, domestic synchronous clock cases, practical advice on the servicing of domestic synchronous clocks and analysis of the marketing and reliability of British domestic synchronous clocks. This analysis provides an explanation of the rise and eventual fall of their technology. Part II contains galleries of a selection of British domestic synchronous clocks and of the movements with which they are fitted. There is a front and back view of each clock, together with a brief description. Views of each movement include views with the movement partly dismantled, together with a brief technical description of the movement.

This profusely illustrated book is primarily for fellow enthusiasts and is based on an extensive archive of information on domestic synchronous clocks, their movements and their manufacturers. Current electrical regulations mean that professional clockmakers are reluctant to repair synchronous clocks. In fact, provided that they have not been mistreated, synchronous clocks are usually reliable, and quite easy to maintain.

Leslie Philip (Les) Pook was born in Middlesex, England in 1935. He obtained a BSc in metallurgy from the University of London in 1956. He started his career at Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Coventry in 1956. In 1963 he moved to the National Engineering Laboratory, East Kilbride, Glasgow. In 1969, while at the National Engineering Labo...
Title:British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980: The Rise and Fall of a TechnologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pagesPublished:February 5, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319143875

ISBN - 13:9783319143873

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Glossary and Abbreviations.- 1 Introduction.- 1.1 Outline.- 1.2 What is a Synchronous Clock?.- 1.3 Historical Background.- 1.4 AC Mains Supply.- 1.5 User Experience.- References.- Part I Main text.- 2 Manufacturers and Brands.- 2.1 Introduction.- 2.2 Brands.- 2.3 Manufacturers.- References.- 3 How a Synchronous Clock Works.- 3.1 Introduction.- 3.2 Synchronous Motors.- 3.3 Reduction Gear.- 3.4 Striking and Chiming Work.- 3.5 Synchronous Time Switches.- References.- 4 Synchronous Clock Cases.- 4.1 Introduction.- 4.2 Synchronous Clock Case Styles.- 5 Servicing of Synchronous Clocks.- 5.1 Introduction.- 5.2 Electrical Faults.- 5.3 Mechanical Faults.- 6 Analysis of Marketing and Reliability.- 6.1 Introduction.- 6.2 Analysis of Marketing.- 6.3 Analysis of Reliability.- 6.4 The Rise and Fall of a Technology.- Part II Galleries.- 7 Gallery of Synchronous Mantel Clocks.- 7.1 Introduction.- 7.2 Alexander Clark Clock.- 7.3 BEM Clock.- 7.4 Camerer Kuss & Co Clock.- 7.5 Clyde Clocks.- 7.6 Ediswan Clock.- 7.7 Elco Clocks.- 7.8 Empire Clock.- 7.9 Ferranti Clocks.- 7.10 Garrard Clocks.- 7.11 Genalex Clocks.- 7.12 Ingersoll Clocks.- 7.13 Liberty Clock.- 7.14 Marigold Clock.- 7.15 Metalair Clock.- 7.16 Metamec Clocks.- 7.17 Riley Clock.- 7.18 Smith Clock, Type 1 Striking Movement.- 7.19 Smith Clock, Westminster Chiming Movement.- 7.20 Smith Clocks, BM7 Movement.- 7.21 Smith Clocks, Bijou Movement.- 7.22 Smith Clock, QAT Movement.- 7.23 Smith Clocks, QEMG Movement.- 7.24 Synchronomains Clock.- 7.25 Temco Clocks, Mark I Movement.- 7.26 Temco Clocks, Mark IV Movement.- 7.27 Temco Clocks, Mark V Movement.- 7.28 Temco Clocks, Smith Movement.- 7.29 Conclusions.- 8 Gallery of Synchronous Bedside Clocks.- 8.1 Introduction.- 8.2 Bowden & Sons Clock.- 8.3 Elco Clock.- 8.4 Ferranti Clocks.- 8.5 Franco British Electrical Co Ltd Clock.- 8.6 GEC Clock.- 8.7 Genalex Clock.- 8.8 Goblin Clock.- 8.9 Kelnore Clock.- 8.10 Magneta Clock.- 8.11 Metamec Clocks.- 8.12 Smith Clocks, Type 1 Movement.- 8.13 Smith Clocks, BM7 Movement.- 8.14 Smith Clocks, Bijou Movement.- 8.15 Smith Clock, QGEM Movement.- 8.16 Sterling Clocks.- 8.17 Synchronomains Clock.- 8.18 Temco Clock, Mark II Movement.- 8.19 Temco Clocks, Mark IV Movement.- 8.20 Temco Clocks, Mark V Movement.- 8.21 Conclusions.- 9 Gallery of Synchronous Wall Clocks.- 9.1 Introduction.- 9.2 English Clock Systems Clock.- 9.3 Genalex Clock.- 9.4 Horstmann Time Switch.- 9.5 Magneta Clock.- 9.6 Metalair Clock.- 9.7 Metamec Clock.- 9.8 Smith Clock, Type 1 Movement.- 9.9 Smith Clock, BM7 Movement.- 9.10 Smith Clocks, BM39 Movement.- 9.11 Smith Clock, Heavy Motion Work Movement.- 9.12 Smith Clocks, Bijou Movement.- 9.13 Synchronome Clocks.- 9.14 Temco Clock, Mark V Movement.- 9.15 Westclox Clock.- 9.16 Conclusions.- 10 Gallery of Synchronous Granddaughter Clocks.- 10.1 Introduction.- 10.2 Ferranti Clock.- 10.3 Smith Clock, Type 1 Chiming Movement.- 10.4 Smith Clock, Type 1 Movement.- 10.5 Temco Clock, Mark IV Movement.- 10.6 Conclusions.- 11 Gallery of Synchronous Movements.- 11.1 Introduction.- 11.2 BEM Movement.- 11.3 Clyde Movement.- 11.4 Elco Movement.- 11.5 Empire Movements.- 11.6 Ferranti Movements.- 11.7 Garrard Movements.- 11.8 Goblin and Magneta Movements.- 11.9 Kelnore Movement.- 11.10 Marigold Movement.- 11.11 Metalair Movement.- 11.12 Metamec Movements.- 11.17 Sangamo Weston Ltd Movement.- 11.13 Smith Movements.- 11.15 Temco Movements.- 11.16 Westclox Type No. BM25 Movement.- 11.17 Conclusions.

Editorial Reviews

"A very useful book that chronicles and illustrates this particular field of horology. . the book mentions the motors that are used in domestic timers (indeed, a synchronous motor powers the turntable in every microwave oven!). . the main value of the book is in the 'galleries' of photographs of the huge variety of clocks . . The many illustrations will be helpful to enthusiasts who can still buy these clocks quite cheaply to build up collections." (Doug Bateman, Antiquarian Horology, June, 2015)"This book is a unique and very useful addition to the working library of any clock collector or clock restorer interested in, or working on, British made, electrically driven mechanical clocks made between 1930 and 1980. There simply is no other publication, in or out of print, that covers the subject in the same depth and detail. . Any serious electrical horologist, professional or enthusiast alike, needs this book in their library." (Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, The Horological Journal, May, 2015)