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Mundane Mondays #13 – The real antique clock

This used to be a wind up clock. I don’t how many of you even know such things existed. The hole in the face of the dial was where you inserted the key and wound it up, about once every fortnight or so. It was spring loaded and had a little lever at the back for speeding up the clock in summer and slowing it down in winter as the metal spring expanded and contracted with temperature. Once the key broke, we were able too find a replacement only once, from an old watch repairman in our locality. Once that broke, there was nothing to do but convert it with a cheap Chinese “quartz” mechanism running on an AA cell. I soon gave that up and now it sits in my study as a reminder of a time when things were works of art, even if they were just your run-of-the-mill wall clocks.


That’s the zodiac along the edge, painted on a thin layer of brass.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


16 thoughts on “Mundane Mondays #13 – The real antique clock

  1. Reminds me of clock we have at home

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    Posted by izza ifzaal | 23/07/2015, 5:52 AM
  2. I think I have a smaller clock from the same company at my home. I remember seeing a similar symbol HES on that clock. I need to check and confirm it though!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by trablogger | 21/07/2015, 11:38 PM
  3. Still looks elegant and beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 20/07/2015, 7:37 PM
  4. Hey, send me a pic of the key. Maybe I can find one here and send it to you (I’d need the exact shape and dimensions of the hole too). Cheers, HC

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    Posted by HeavyCloud | 20/07/2015, 2:41 PM
  5. Thanks!


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 27/07/2015, 7:16 PM


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