THE SCOTT CLOCK

John Wilding’s design

This example of John Wilding’s Scott clock design for a battery driven electrical clock was shown at a Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. This clock is based on the 'Ever Ready electrically propelled clocks' which were manufactured at the beginning of the 20th century to the design of Herbert Scott in the early 1900s.

A unique feature is the motion of the pendulum which swings backwards and forwards instead of from side to side. The principle of operation is that of Scotts 'notched tooth' which is similar to the 'Hipp' system well known to amateur clockmakers. Not many of these clocks were sold as it was a tricky clock to set up and maintain.

This example has some changes to the Wilding design to avoid having a sizable slot in the base to facilitate pendulum removal. Also visible wiring has been eliminated by using one pillar to supply current to the contacts and the other pillar to complete the circuit.

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