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Author Topic: Russian antique wooden pocket watches.  (Read 2933 times)
Marrock
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« on: April 28, 2009, 04:05:33 am »

Found at http://englishrussia.com/?p=2631

Such Russian clocks were produced by the Bronnikov family from Russia. For three generations they mastered their skills on crafting light-weight fully functional wooden pocket clocks. Such gadgets were true hit back then, among their customers there were Russian Tzars and other high society members. They were sending their samples to the international exhibitions of Paris and New York to make foreign people awe. The price of such wooden clocks exceeded of those of gold. Not many of those survived Russian revolution and communist reign. Those who did are a rare guest of antique shops priced at around $20,000 for each.


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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 05:17:41 am »

Nice find..
 Wood wasn't the only material.I have seen references to whalebone being used as well..

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 12:35:01 pm »

Now how would the whalebone compare to the wood when it comes to reacting to changes in temperature and humidity?
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 11:07:54 pm »

Well, I'm not a materials expert, BUT, from having worked with both bone and some nice dense hardwoods (mostly for knife handles), I'd say that bone would react less to moisture, and would probably be a bit better from a friction standoint as it can take a pretty high polish, and seems to have a higher surface hardness..
  Having said that, I think a stabilized wood (such as Dymondwood) might be even better..
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009, 08:55:57 pm »

*sigh* envy is a sin...
i've been sinning a lot today...
beautiful watch, though bone would be more practical for where i live. 80's and humid one day, 60's and dry the next :/
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009, 09:44:11 pm »

that realy is a beautiful watch
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