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Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 21:55
I came across this occupation while looking at the inmates of Leigh Workhouse 1861. Does anyone know what a clock dresser was/is.

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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:01
Just a guess, but maybe basic clocks were made by various companies, then worked on to make them more elaborate by a third party prior to selling them.

Similarly clock cases and movements. Dials often having the name of a different company to the people who made the movement.
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on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:02
possibly someone who added decoration to clocks?
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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:02
I looked Here but no joy Corky.

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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:05
I wonder if it was supposed to be Cloth Dresser.

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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:06
http://www.horologica.co.uk/C_services/repairs.html


See third paragraph. Dressing and re dressing. (Won't C&P)

May have been in a production environment rather than a clock maker who did the lot.
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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:06
it could be, those old records are notorious for spelling errors
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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:09
Bird Cuckoo Top

This is the decorative hand carved top that goes on the top of the top of the cuckoo clock.

Also known as the head dressing, and is measured end to end how wide it is.

These tops are available in brown, blonde, or green, or unfinished. Does not come with mounts.


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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:14




definitely says clock..


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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:15
Thanks Corky. I'm fascinated with old job descriptions. I wonder how someone like this ended up in the workhouse?

Yep Clock dresser Thanks Vixen

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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:21
I'm wondering if it could be a case maker.

The bloke wouldn't actually make the clock. Yet the finished item, containing the movement would be called a clock.
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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:32
Maybe they did the carving bits on clocks. Long case clocks have lovely carved tops and pillars.

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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:35
The majority of English grandfather clocks were made in The Midlands and the North of England.

Some work went into the dials too.
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Re: Clock Dresser

on Mon Jan 09 2017, 22:39
Yes there is quite a bit of detail in the dial of my G/father clock. Coates of Wigan I think it dates back to 1780s. Must have a lot of patients to do something like that.

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Re: Clock Dresser

on Wed Jan 11 2017, 01:59
Found this and still looking:

Staveley James, watch and clock dresser

http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/ERY/Skirlaugh/Skirlaugh92Dry.html


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Re: Clock Dresser

on Wed Jan 11 2017, 08:23
Going back into the annals of time (anybody ever watch 'Time Tunnel' in the 1960's) going back into the annals of time I once found a clock in my grandparents house in Goose Green and it was the most basic thing you could have ever seen, it was just literally a plain wooden box made out of a plywood type material and it looked like a DIY thing, but as I remember it did have some sort of manufacturing logo on it and a stamp inside, as though it were some sort of quality control stamp, maybe that was what they made in a workhouse Smile
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Re: Clock Dresser

on Wed Jan 11 2017, 09:08
A clock dresser was a mender and cleaner of clocks.

Clock dresser

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Re: Clock Dresser

on Wed Jan 11 2017, 15:36
I've just asked owd Dave..he's really into clocks..and he said a clock dresser is the man who puts everything together in a clock.
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Re: Clock Dresser

on Wed Jan 11 2017, 16:38
Both the above seem to have it sorted.
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