Handybook for Clock Jobbers is written much upon the same lines
as the volume in this series on Watch Jobbing.
These two trades are very closely allied; and
the information contained in one will often be found to have
direct bearing upon the subject treated on in the other, so that
these two handybooks form companion volumes.
The tools requisite for clock cleaning and
simple repairing are few and inexpensive; and but a small amount
of practice will give the necessary manipulative skill.
Thus clock jobbing offers an occupation easily
acquired by those who have aptitude for mechanical subjects, and
in the following pages sufficient information is given to afford
a guide to successful operations.
Clocks are represented by various types, each
possessing distinctive peculiarities. England, France, Germany
and America, each contribute to furnish the large number of
clocks distributed through the whole world. An account of the
development of time measurers, from the days of sun-dials to the
present time, will be found in The Watch Jobber's Handybook,
which forms a companion volume to, and should be perused by all
readers of, this Handybook.
The manufacture of clocks in England at the
present time is principally confined to spring dials, high class
regulators, skeleton, bracket, chime, electric and turret
The trade in ordinary house clocks has long since become
very small, the cheaper productions of America and Germany, or
the more artistic and less cumbersome designs from France,
having almost entirely supplied our wants.
At the same time there will be found in English
homes, especially in rural districts, a very large number of old
English house clocks, testifying to the skill and ability of our
forefathers. These clocks are of two kinds: the "thirty hour,"
which requires winding daily, and the "eight day," which
requires winding once a week.
P. N. HASLUCK