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I like that one a lot! Boats and clockwork. How could you go wrong?
Doing some more research it looks like it is 1930s. Not bad runner after 70+ years. After a clean up it is amazingly well made. The gears are stainless and the spring is very strong. The rust you see in the pictures is the old grease and some surface rust off the spring.
They don't make things like this anymore.
I have bought a few of the re production tin toys and they are nothing like this. It is no wonder old clockwork is so collectible.
Max, is there by any chance a name on the clockwork? Would be interesting (to me, at least) to know who
made the works England has a long clock making history, and so does Germany.
Just a suggestion; If you plan to use it much at all, I would put in a new spring, and keep the old one so you
will have the original. A clock spring that has rust on it is doomed to break, and the more rust, the more likely
it will happen sooner than later. If it's going to be static and un-wound it will be okay for some while.
The spring breaking in itself is not the bad thing, but when they break, they very often take out a wheel pivot or
two and shear a few wheel teeth, which complicates the repair.
Clock springs in hundreds of sizes are still made today, and almost surly will be one to fit this if you want to use it.
That one has been on for around 6 months or more, a bit overpriced me thinks.
I've been watching that one for about a year. I think he is way over priced.
I paid about $170 for mine only missing the key. I bought it from a shop and was able to see it running. I managed to get a key for about $15.
Once you start looking they do come up. I almost bought a second one on ebay as a restorer but opted out at the last minute. If something is wrong with the clock work it would be very difficult to fix.
its the first time ive ever come across one ...didnt know they existed till yesterday
I have posted a few videos featuring Viking and Una both Meccano boats, I looked for the Viking post but couldn't find it. I have a few Sutcliffes as well, my latest is a boxed electric Merlin. All tinplate with no winding !