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Just bought a clock
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:19 pm Reply with quote
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To be more precise I have purchased an Orrery.
A nice looking thing about 2 ft high made by the Derby Clock company about 50 years ago.
Of course I did some research on it before I bought it and one of the comments I read on one sales blerbe was something that made me smile.

The seller described it as "fascinating to watch"

Consider it has 6 planets on it from Mercury to Saturn.
There is a moon on the earth but it is stationary.
Saturn takes 37.5 years to complete 1 lap.
The others are a bit faster.

I do like all the gears and it is set up almost like a trophy under a glass dome with the clock part at the bottom but fascinating to watch ??????

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Stephan, how about a photo.
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try this

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:57 am Reply with quote
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Thanks Stephan, well it does look interesting. Could be something to service. Are you running it?
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It is running and keeping reasonable time but I have to have a look at the hour dial/drum which appears to be out of position.
When the min one lines up at zero the hour one is between 2 numbers instead of on an hour.
Bit hard to tell about the rest cause it moves so slow but can see nothing the looks wrong.

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Found out a bit more about my clock
Mine is marked The James House Co London and I believe it to have been made in the 1960's. It is one of 1500.

Several batches were made for the British Interplanetary Society in 1984 They were all marked accordingly.
You even got a certificate with those.

http://www.motormoor.co.uk/I-00/16/45/Item.htm

These ones appear to have painted numerals that wore off in use.
You have to rotate the barrels by hand to set the time.

On mine the numerals are engraved and filled.

All are supposedly made by the Derby Clock Company.


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Here is another of the anniversary ones.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/british-interplanetary-society-218978160

This brings up several possibilities.

The Interplanetary Society ordered 1500 of these things and then extended the order to 4500.

or

They started with 4500 and sold out so ordered 1500 more.

or

the 4500 is a mistake and is actually a badly written 1500 making it one of the 1500 batch and that was it.

Whichever way that was a pretty active Society.

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Who will be responsible for dusting it? Or, will it fit under a dome? Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:39 pm Reply with quote
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Mine has a sub base and a glass dome.
I think they all came with a dome.

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