Horological Articles by John Robey

This index of articles published in Clocks magazine, Antiquarian Horology, Horological Journal and elsewhere, includes about 100 that are available as a free download.
PDFs do not exist for the earlier articles, but can be created on request,
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Clocks Magazine

Penny moons
(John Taylor, Ashton-under-Lyne)
June 1991, pp26-32

Of clocks and cotton
(Thomas Hargreaves, Settle)
March 1992, p14-17

Striking peculiarity
(John Barron[w], London)
October 1992, pp30-5

Connections in the Midlands
(Tantum, Wooley, Whitehurst, round dials)
May 1993, pp12-16

A Blundell bracket
(Joseph Blundell, Dublin)
Part 1: The going train, alarm and passing strike,
May 1994, pp27-31
Part 2: The pull repeat
June 1994, pp32-5

Marking time
(scribed circles, George Ainsworth Warrington, Richard Scholfield, Rochdale)
August 1994, pp12-16

Square repair
(repairing winding square)
March 1995, pp43-44

Added arches
(Asselin, Finch, Alexander Gordon)
September 1995, pp29-31

A competent country craftsman
(Richard Marshall, Walsingham)
November 1995, pp17-20

Making a walnut case
(Blundell bracket clock)
Part 1: Designing and constructing the carcase, February 1996, pp26-29
Part 2: The cross-grain mouldings and veneering, March 1996, pp33-35
Part 3: Staining and polishing, April 1996, pp15-16

An accurate moondial (anon maker)
July 1996, pp8-10

A tic-tac miniature lantern alarm
(Thomas Read, Ipswich)
Part 1: A question of restoration
November 1996, vol 19, No 6, pp11-13
Part 2: Further observations
December 1996, vol 19, No 7, pp15-17

A Donisthorpe by Deacon (SD No 57)
March 1997, pp34-7

Weighing anchor (Giles Coates, Chedworth)
Vol 20, No 4, 1997, pp41-44

A cast arch by George Guest
Vol 20 No 7, 1997 pp26-28

Two-wheel striking (James Bown, Matlock 30-hr)
Vol 20, No 8, 1997, pp32-34

A Cawley bracket (Robert Cawley, Chester)
Vol 20 No 12, 1997, pp13-15

Entertaining movement
(Edward Upjohn, Exeter, musical longcase)
Vol 20, No 13, 1997, pp29-33

Cutouts and cartwheels
Vol 21, No 2, 20, February 1998, pp9-12

Component parts
Part 1 Vol 21 No 7 10 July 1998, pp21-23
Part 2 Vol 21, No 8, 7 August 1998, pp31-34

A tale of two ting-tangs
Part 1: John Davis, London.
Vol 21 No 9 4 September 1998, pp37-39
Part 2 John Taylor of Lancashire
Vol 21 No 10, 2 Oct 1998, pp40-43

Clockmaker, clocksmith and jack-of-all-trades
Vol 22 No 1, 22 Jan 1999

Made in Birmingham
Vol 22 No 5, 14 May 1999, pp13-15

Will the real ‘WF’ please stand up?
Vol 22 No 11, Nov 1999, pp11-13

Weights and measuring
June 2000, pp 9-11

A Deacon apprentice piece
(Donsithorpe/Deacon JD26)
Dec 2000, pp26-9

Beilby … of Sunderland?
Sept 2001, pp9-10, 42

Gadsby or Deacon?
Nov 2001, pp36-9, 47

The cooking pot clock of Roger Lee
Sept 2002, pp20-3

The Parkers of Derby and London
April 2003, pp20-3

The importance of drop
April 2006, pp15-17

Who Fitted the Dial
Part 1 (John Luckman, Bickenhill)
June 2007, pp26-30
Part 2 (Thomas Mycroft, Waterfall)
July 2007, pp30-2

Dialmaker unknown
(repainted Wilson dials)
Oct 2008, pp26-30

More quirky than attractive
(Bowen, Alfreton clock + barometer)
April 2010, pp26-8

The truth about Barlow
Feb 2011, pp29-33

The Tytes of Wells (and Warminster and Swansea)
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Dec 2011, pp26-32

The devil is in the detail
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(Muncaster & Son, Isle of Man)
March 2014, pp26-31

Donisthorpe’s Earliest Clocks
Part 1 A skeletonised posted-frame 30-hour
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May 2014, pp29-34
Part 2 An abandoned alarm conversion
June 2014, pp19-24
Part 3 Blacksmith, clockmaker & preacher
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July 2014, pp31-6

A Quartet of Alarms
Part 1 A 30-hour iron alarm
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September 2014, pp17-22
Part 2 A week-duration iron alarm
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October 2014, pp17-22
Part 3 A 30-hour Normandy alarm
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November 2014, pp21-5
Part 4 A 30-hour alarm by Whitehurst of Derby
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December 2014, pp15-19

Dent Timepiece No 828
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June 2015, pp26-30

Hark! The Herald Angel Swings
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— A 30-hour iron clock dated 1748
September 2015, pp26-31

New levers for a noctuary
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December 2015, pp26-33

John Dowson of London and Bath
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March 2016, pp26-32

A trio of French iron clocks
Part 1 The elusive ‘I Prowent’
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June 2016, pp26-33
Part 2 Saved from the Revolution
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July 2016, pp26-32
Part 3 Cherubs and roses from Northern France
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August 2016, pp26-33

Repairing a Fusee Click Spring
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January 2017, pp26-32

Filing Perfect Squares
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April 2017, pp26-29

Early Clockmakers’ Workshops
Part 1: Jost Amman’s woodcut
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October 2017, pp15-18
Part 2:The Stradanus engraving
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November 2017, pp13-16, 47

A German Spring Alarm
Part 1: The dial and case
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January 2018, pp26-30
Part 2: The movement
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February 2018, pp26-30
Part 3: The escapement and alarm
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March 2018, pp26-30

Joseph Batty’s Superior 30-hour
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May 2018, pp15-20

Dujardin of Versailles
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Brass dial, brass wheels, but a Gothic frame
August 2018, pp26-32

Swedish? Strip Frame
Unsigned clock of uncertain origin
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February 2019, pp26-32

Liege Alarm Conversion
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October 2019, pp26-32

Osborne & Wilson of Birmingham
Part 1 The earliest makers of painted dials
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January 2020, pp26-30, 52
Part 2 Osborne & Wilson
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February 2020, pp18-23
Part 3 Osbore’s Manufactory
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March 2020, pp36-40
Part 4 James Wilson
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April 2020, pp34-9, 49

Investigating an Enigma by Charles Skedge of Norwich
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August 2020, pp26-32

A Mainman Moon
with an unique operating mechanism
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Octobr 2020, pp26-31

Double-Six Striking
Part 1 an Italian heavyweight
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December 2020, pp26-34
Part 2 Nuzzi of Rincine
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January 2021, pp26-32

English Longcase by John Pepper, Biggleswade
Part 1 Case & dial
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March 2021, pp9-13
Part 2 The Harlow movement
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March 2021, pp25-9

Antiquarian Horology

A Mystery Timer (Thomas Low, Dundee)
Summer 1996, pp542-3

Pin Countwheels
Autumn 1996, pp71-3

Countwheels With Projections and Pins
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Autumn 1998, pp237-9

Samuel Harlow of Ashbourne and his Longcase Movements
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March 2002, pp527-45

Hammer Marks as a Diagnostic Method in Horology
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March 2004, pp85-7

Who Invented Rack-and-Snail Striking?
The Early Development of Repeating and Rack Striking
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March 2005, pp584-600

Eardley Norton’s 1771 Patent for Striking Clocks & Repeating Watches
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March 2007, pp88-95

Birmingham Dialmakers, Some Biographical Notes
Part I, June 2007, pp209-22
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Part II, Dec 2007, pp470-80
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Longcase Clocks from The North of England
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September 2008, pp43-64

The Notebook of Humphrey Hadley of Birmingham
Introduction & Repeating Watches
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June 2010, pp225-30

An Unusual English Lantern Clock
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September 2010, pp405-16

English Lantern Clocks with Iron Frames
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March 2011, pp689-704

A Large European Iron Chamber Clock
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March 2012, pp335-45

Moorfields and Clock-Brass Founders
Part 1: The London Horological Trades in Moorfields
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June 2012, pp479-86
Part 2 The Mayor Family and Other Founders
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Sept 2012, pp609-23

Leonardo da Vinci and the Earliest Known Clock with Warned Striking
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December 2012, pp775-85

Picture Gallery: One-day single-handed Augsburg spring timepiece, c 1680
(Elias Weckerlin)
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March 2013, pp95-9

Picture Gallery: 30-hour iron wall clock dated 1748
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June 2013, pp240-3

The Porrvis Clock of 1567
The Earliest Surviving Domestic Clock Made in England
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(with Leighton Gilibrand)
December 2013, pp503-18

A Scottish clock dial for determining Easter
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June 2014, pp827-33

Picture Gallery: A Miniature Italian Lantern Clock
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December 2014, pp125-9

The English usage of foliot and balance
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June 2015, pp239-43

Ung petit traictie pour faire horoleiges:
A little treatise for making clocks in the fourteenth century
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(with W. Linnard & M. T, Wright)
June 2016, pp182-98

The origin of the English lantern clock
Part 1: Comparison with Gothic clocks
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December 2016, pp511-21
Part 2: The earliest lantern clocks
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March 2017, pp35-50

Early English horological terms
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(with W. Linnard)
June 2017, pp191-201

Adam, the Devil and the Supernatural:
An unusual English Lantern clock revisited
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December 2017, pp533-44

New Light on Osborne and Wilson
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June 2018, pp251-8

An early Gothic Hausuhr
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December 2018, pp475–84

Three medieval clockmakers: children of Mercury
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(with W. Linnard)
March 2019, pp102-8

William Whitaker and William Shreeve.
Dialmakers of Halifax, West Yorkshire
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September 2019, pp360-76

Children of Mercury: an addendum
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(with W. Linnard)
December 2019, pp545-51

English lantern clocks with an original balance
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June 2020, pp177-96

Two more diamond dials
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September 2020, pp400-1

Horological Journal

A Pallet Refacing Jig
October 1997, pp338-9

Screw Threads
November 1997, pp386-8

An Irish Pull-Repeat Mechanism
(Joseph Blundell, Dublin)
December 1997, pp415-19

A Capucine Clock
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December 1998, pp405-7

Striking Without Warning
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Part 1, Sept 1999, pp294-5
Part 2, Oct 1999, pp348-50

Adjusting the Rack Tail
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February 2004, pp64-7

The Fifth Pillar and the Clock Trade
September 2007, pp344-7

What did Edward Barlow Invent in 1675?
Sorting out Fact From Fiction
September 2011, pp408-12

Nag’s Head Striking
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November 2011, pp494-7

A Longcase Dial by William Mainman
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February 2014, pp72-75

A French 8-Day Posted-Frame Clock
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August 2014, pp314-19

Iron Crossings and Brass Rims
— and a Thwarted Passing Strike
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July 2015, pp301-5

Iron Clock with a Side Pendulum
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October 2015, pp413-17

French Lantern Clock with Rack Striking
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May 2016, pp222-8

Rescuing a Gothic Clock
Part 1 — The Frame, Striking Train and Strike Work
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May 2017, pp11-15
Part 2 — The Going Train, Bell Frame and Dial
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June 2017, pp253-6

Simple Rack Striking
A German Longcase Movement with Iron Plates
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June 2018, pp10-19

A Weight-Driven Silent-Pull Timepiece
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Mechanism of an Eighteenth-Century Bedroom Clock
March 2019, pp112-17

Fusee Click Spring Repair
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June 2019, pp243-7

Bulletin NAWCC

English Movements and American Tall-Case Clocks
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April 2004, No 349, pp147-159

Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Chronometrie

Wer erfand den Rechenslag? [Who invented rack striking?]
Jahresschrift 2011, Vol 50, pp169-178

Leonardo da Vinci und die ersten schlagendenuhren mit Warnung
[Leonardo da Vinci and the earliest striking clock with warning]
Jahresschrift 2013, Vol 52, pp63-74