Sunday is clock winding day
|Arthur Pequegnat Canadian Time clock|
|Daniel Dakota, though Chinese it runs well|
My grandmother's clock was high on the wall in the kitchen and above the sink and I often wondered how it got wound once a week since my grandmother was all of 4 foot 9. She must have had to climb on something to reach the winding hole. Anyway the clock went to my cousin after she broke up her home and I haven't seen it in years.
|Dugena Bim Bam Mantle clock|
|Ridgeway Hamilton long case clock|
|Forestville Bim Bam clock|
|Smiths Enfield time plus chime clock|
Winding clocks on a Sunday was the ritual in the old days. It is also a time when you could make some minor speed adjustments. In the course of a 7-day period a clock picks up time on a full wind and gradually loses time as the spring unwinds. Constantly adjusting the time through the week is a waste of time but from time to time a clock, perhaps once a season it might need a little adjustment. Just the other day I had to lengthen the pendulum on my Arthur Pequegnat because it was starting to run a little fast.
Unfortunately, mechanical clocks are not as accurate as the quartz clocks of today, with some exceptions of course. My most accurate clocks are the Canadian Time clock and the tall case clock, both are within 15-30 seconds a week. Sometimes less and sometimes more depending on humidly, time of year and other factors.
|Sessions Black Swan time plus chime|
|Seth Thomas Adamantine mantle clock|