A Lake District 30 Hour Long case clock by E Burton, Kendal
This was a lovely old clock to work on and, as a bonus, I had not worked on a chain driven 30 hour grandfather before.
There were a couple of inscriptions on the backplate; 19-3-55, that I would guess was when it might have been cleaned, and “REBUILT BY E G ARNOLD LYTH NR. KENDAL JUNE 1974”
The movement was in good condition although the oil was thickening up and it was a bit grubby; a standard cleaning fluid brought some life back to the brass work and got rid of the dust and oily residues.
It is perhaps a little unfair to comment but my mentor Alan Brockbank (Jean’s step father - see elsewhere) would not have approved of the quality of the previous repair with bushes peened in and some of the bearing surfaces closed up with a centre punch; for a quality clock, or any clock for that matter, this is considered as bad practice. However all the bearings were in good condition and the movement just needed a clean and oiling.
Other bits and pieces
I have found a bit on the internet about
He was of
Notes on Some
Emanuel Burton (I) (1732-1809) — Clockmaker
Burton (I) was born in Highgate in 1732, the third son of William (I) and
Jane. He married Deborah Lancaster in 1756 in Kendal and lived in
Stricklandgate, where William and Joseph were born, until 1760. From 1761 to
about 1766, the family lived in Fish Market in Stramongate Ward, for which
Emanuel was Churchwarden in 1764 and 1765. Their next move was to
Emanuel Burton (II) (1764-1830) — Clockmaker
(II) was born in Fish Market in 1764, the third son of Emanuel (I), but the
oldest to survive to maturity. He must surely have learned the trade of
clockmaking from his father and grandfather in
Westmorland Gazette of 20 February 1830 recorded that he was a "respected
townsman and deservedly esteemed as an upright character". With his passing,
it would seem that 100 years of
The Burton Family of Clockmakers.
The full document can be found HERE
In April 2016 a very similar clock was put up for auction on ebay. The description was as follows along with two of the photos.
E.Burton, KENDAL,1790-1828, Emanuel Junior. Grandfather Clock. This Clock ... is in fantastic condition for the age. Is fully working and comes complete with everything as you can see in the pictures. It fetched £595.
Other clocks by this maker are also to be found on dealer's web site for upwards to around £2500.
5th July 2016