Len Bergamasco’s
MERLIN BAND CLOCK

JOHN Joseph Merlin is famous for many things. He invented roller skates, made wonderful automata like the mechanical swan in the Bowes Museum,  musical instruments of the highest quality, rose engine, fusee cutter, Dutch oven, invalid chair, watches and clocks, etc, etc. He was described in his obituary as “The Ingenious Mechanick”.

Among his clocks were Cox’s Perpetual Clock, a longcase clock with a mysterious pendulum, and a table clock. It is the latter which is best known to model engineers, thanks to a book by J. G. Wright on how to build one.

Construction of this fine looking and unique clock involves some clever machining, including cutting an 8tpi worm and making the rotating bands which replace the usual dial. It also has an innovative escapement - a dead beat verge.

For those that overcome the challenges involved, the result is a delight. Builders can see the original from 1776, working, at Kenwood House in London.

This example was made by Len Bergamasco and photographed at the 2012 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition.

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