Archive for May, 2022

23
May
22

ON THE BENCH : HORN BAROMETER

Order Summary

Subtotal $9.99

Tax $1.48

Shipping $8.12

Handling $2.99

Order Total $22.58

Usually barometers and such may come attached to wooden boards, a ships wheel or just a round wooden disk. Some are contained in a brass case as the previous post.

This one was mounted inside a circular horn. Makes for an interesting display either on the wall or shelf.

Don’t see too many of these a-round.

As usual a bit of cleanup and a repair to the mechanism.

I returned the metal to a polish finish from the original which also had some red tape affixed to the circular pat of the horn tubing.

The dial is approximately 3 1/4 inches and the horn diameter is about 4 3/4 inches

unboxing
dis assembly of the mechanism
some rust on the case to deal with, the mechanism is in good shape
rear case
the horn mouthpiece
the red tape on the tubing.
cleaning
the dial is in excellent shape after a cleanup
one side of the pivot had to be reset, it was knocked from it’s intended position. No idea how it got like than other from a sharp knock
An aneriod barometer, the silver circular chamber is sealed and pressure changes are linked to the to the pointer shaft through levers and finally a tiny chain the is wound around the indicator shaft. Cleaned and oiled all rotating and moving pieces.
re assembly, the circular part of the tubing was plated metal.
finished for now.

Some touch up polishing and cleaning to be completed, fasteners for the bottom of the case needed
22
May
22

on the bench: wempe barometer and clock

purchased from Goodwill online $43.88 , total with shipping and handling $63.00

parts needed 1 battery LR 1 , $2.85 total

arrival of the imstruments
in fairly good shape, the second hand on the clock is bent, no battery
mounted on a wooden base for hanging
bent second hand
on the side some major pitting in areas
pitting and corrosion present
a full circle dog handle, nice touch
removal from the board

rear of the clock
dis assembly of the lenses
all metal construction of the cases
removal of the case from the rear plate
removal of the clock from the case
rear of the clock and the time setting knob
battery contacts in good condition, need LR-1 battery none in stock
barometer lens

removal of the front cover
starting the cleaning
aligning the clock hands
cleaning , a combining of polishing compound and metal polish (Brasso)
making progress
better looking
reassemble the cases
bright and shiny
An old pump motor acquired from a lot, with a chuck attached and an arbor set up with buffing wheel. Clamped to bench, powered polisher/buffer wheel
remounted to base, didn’t refinish the board
elbow grease and polisher machine with the Brasso brought the finish back to high gloss.
No sign of the pitting and corrosion
done for now , battery ordered
arrival of the battery
clipped into place
The clock is running !!! Keeps perfect time !

Not bad for just a cleanup, aligning of the clock hands and a battery. Was going to sell it, but it’s such a beautiful piece I still have it. Wempe instrumentation is a bit scarcer than a Shatz or a Chelsea. The clock ,though it is battery powered vs. a windup with chimes is still very good quality moment.




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