Metronome Gallery: M109 - M117

Descriptions:

 Please take the time to read an items description carefully before deciding on a purchase. We will try to list any mechanical faults as well as all cosmetic issues with each individual unit. If you are purchasing a metronome that will be used for an occasional practice aid we strongly suggest choosing a piece that operates as close as possible to 60 beats per minute. This generally means that the metronome will operate relatively accurately on all tempo settings down the scale. Inaccuracies on a units default beats per minute, shown below can be remedied by simply setting the pendulum weight to account for the +/- beat, i.e. if a metronome has a target tempo of 60bpm but operates at 64bpm, setting the pendulum weight to 56bpm ( slower tempo ) should result in 60 beats per minute.
 It is quite common for units with a bell, to have operational issues on one of the four settings, if this is a problem it will be reflected in the metronomes description.
Metronomes sold on this website are NOT intended to be sold as accurate time keeping devices but as attractive collectible shelf or display items.
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R.Cocks or Cramer & Co Rosewood Victorian Metronome + BELL  ( SOLD - Order Number - M109 )

 Another great metronome from one of the London firms manufacturing during the Victorian era and dating this particular metronome to around 1880. Finished with Rosewood veneered external panelling over a quality Mahogany base, Rosewood door and tempo scale side panels and matched with full brass gilded external fittings, it is typical of the high quality manufacture and workmanship encountered from both Cocks and Cramer. Visually identical, it is impossible to tell their wares apart unless they are company marked, for reasons unknown to us, both firms appeared to produce a somewhat generic metronome later in their production phase, opting for a generic 'Best English Make' door emblem, no longer serial numbering their mechanisms and no company dedication to the lower third of the tempo scale. We suspect some sort of company collaboration, but why or when this occurred is somewhat of a mystery.
 Either way, this metronome is unmarked regarding a manufacturer. It still retains all of the quality features of earlier production units, a hand fitted, filed and cut mechanism and hand impressed or punched tempo scale, along with all external fittings, custom manufactured and made to suit each individual metronome. The fittings on this metronome are all original, still holding much of the original gilt finish, this includes the feet ( rear foot re-glued in place, not by us but appears stable ), the door emblem has been polished over the years so has lost the gilt finish but is still a good match visually. The external woodwork has suffered from water spotting in certain areas and evident in good light and on close inspection from a distance closer than 4 ft. It is not as bad as the pictures make it look however and although the woodwork was very dry having never been treated during the course of 130+ years, when we received it, it has now had a light coating of Renaissance wax which has relieved it to a degree. We suggest the new owner does the same, every 6 months or so, not only to rejuvenate the appearance but also overtime these dry water spots should become far less evident.
 The bad points out of the way, it is still a very attractive and mechanically sound metronome, it displays very well, darker in hand than shown in the pictures. It supplies 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of around 44 minutes from a full wind. It has a loud and well balanced tempo and operates well even on the very slow pendulum settings, the bell works on all four ring settings, crisp and audible. The tempo scale is the earlier variety, broader than the usual later production scales normally used, it also has great unique numbering, individual to every London made metronome as these where hand punched and act a little like a finger-print. This worker was either a trainee or a little boss eyed :).
 No chips or damage to the external woodwork, all original parts and fittings, excellent operationally and finished in a very desirable wood type, this is an excellent example of one of the finest metronomes ever manufactured.


Beats per Min: 60   Operating Time: 44 Minutes
  

 Tempo Boxwood Faux Oak Metronome  ( £79 - Order Number - M110  )

 I have owned a few of these over the years and I am still no closer to being able to positively identify the Country of origin.  I think it was possibly American production aimed at both their own and the UK market. It has great retro appeal, produced in the 50's or 60's ( 66D hand written to base, which could indicate April 1966 ) and although I try to restrict metronomes advertised on this website to pre-1940 these have always proved to be extremely reliable and consistent performers providing an excellent tempo " forgive the pun " and a loud, if somewhat boxy audible tone to the beat.
 This boxy tone is a result of the exterior woodwork choice which I think is a false oak, it is very lightweight and although quite pleasing and convincing on the eye, it is not until you pick the metronome up that you realise that is a boxwood alternative. This metronome is very reliable, useable as a practise aid although it does have one slight issue. On manufacture the firm chose to use a plastic tempo scale, over the years and having been pinned in place, these labels are prone to shrinkage, both ends of this particular units label had curled ( upper end has been re-glued and pinned, lower end still has a slight curl ) this means the original scale speed settings in relation to the pendulum setting have moved slightly resulting in an incorrect tempo. This is easily rectified by setting the pendulum weight to where the original corresponding mark would have been, i.e to achieve a 60 beats per minute, just set the pendulum to roughly 4 bmp slower than the required tempo ( 56bpm ).
 It comes with quaint little Bakelite feet, gold washed fittings and a unit that in general is in excellent condition. It also has the bonus of being a relatively scarce manufacturer ( try to find another? ) the front emblem reading " Tempo, Dallas, England". The mechanism is numbered "395" which kind of backs up my theory that very limited numbers of metronomes by this manufacturer where ever produced.
A nice reliable and unusual metronome with  great retro appeal .


Beats per Min: 60*     Operating Time: 46 Minutes
 

 Theodor Weisser Early Travel / Portable Metronome (  £139 - Order Number - M111 )

  A very rare and fully operational metronome from the German designer Theodor Weisser. Patents where submitted in 1904 so we estimate that this unit dates to between 1904-1910. ( Patents can be viewed here > Patent1 - Patent2 ). The design came with two variants, with or without a bell, this particular metronome is without the bell function.
 The metronome itself is designed to be very lightweight, constructed using the lightest wood ( possibly Ochroma Pyramidale or Balsa wood ) for the box base and a leaf style steel pendulum arm. The mechanism is also very lightweight, finely designed and manufactured to a very high standard, due to the relatively small size of the base unit, the mechanism is precision made to keep the metronome as portable as possible. The external fittings are gilded brass, all original to the metronome and without damage, the pendulum arm is fully legible, a few lightweight sliding marks and minor tarnish but overall is very good indeed. The audible tempo is quiet by design, it keeps good time at 60 beats per minute for an overall runtime of around 35-40 minutes but is more of a visual timing device than your typical pyramid metronome.
 Considering the very light construction throughout, this metronome is a stand out and very rare almost museum quality example of a metronome that was in production for a very short time only. The majority of examples that do become available today are either non-working, damaged or incomplete. Not only is this example fully working ( after a service ), it comes in the original inner card box and outer transportable pencil style wooden box. It also retains the majority of the stained finish to the base unit, with the whole metronome in fantastic condition considering it is over 100 years old. 
 Along with the metronome, in the storage box are two flat steel plates with holes, we have no idea what these are for or if indeed that they are in fact anything to do with the metronome but will be included regardless. We also need to mention that once wound and operation begins, there is no easy way to cease operation as the unit has no home position or retainer for the pendulum arm, this means it needs to either run down fully or be stored partially wound.
 As a highly collectible and rare one off shelf display metronome, this example ticks every category, what you do not get is the use of the highest quality materials usually evident on the pyramid style metronomes from the same era, however this metronome was designed to be portable and in order to do that compromise was required. Should not be considered as a practise metronome due to the quiet nature of the action but as a collectible and rare antique, this one is exceptional, try to find another!. Please see the dimensions below as it may prove to be smaller than expected.
Overall height including the pendulum arm: 7.5"
Base height and width: 3 x 2"
Storage Box Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 3"

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 40 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co Rosewood Veneered Victorian Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M112 )

   A lovely Victorian London made metronome in very good condition and dating to around 1880. The mechanism in this one is one of the cleanest and brightest we have encountered on a Victorian metronome, with most covered with a film of coal or lamp oil residue. This one appears to have somehow escaped that predicament and was possibly displayed in a well ventilated area, it is even more remarkable considering the lower underside protective door is missing on this example. Finished with a high quality Rosewood Veneer, a boxwood tempo scale and flanked by solid Rosewood tempo scale side panels, it is typical of a mid production metronome by either of the London based firms. There is a minor veneer section missing from the left hand upper panel and the odd slight dent to the edge woodwork but these are extremely small and hardly worth a mention when you consider the 140 years of service.
 The woodwork retains a semi gloss finish and is matched with wonderful chocolate brown solid brass fittings that all show a consistent handling patina, the tempo scale is the early wide type, with hand stamped individual markings and in near factory condition. This metronome also features a 3/4 sized door hinge and hand chaste upper brass pendulum weight. The tempo and audible return is excellent, loud and with a good solid tone, it operates at 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of around 45 minutes and is a solid performer. Originally, this metronome would have sat on three bun brass feet, two to the front ( which are still both original ) and one to the rear, which was fixed to the underside door. Since this door and foot have been lost of broken, two replacement feet have been fitted to the rear, but unless we had mentioned it here, you would never have guessed as they are a perfect match.
 Inside the mechanism compartment and as with many of the these London metronomes, there is a pencilled hand written number which appears to be the year and month of manufacture. In this case 9/80 or 9/88 = September 1880/8. A truly superb example of an early Victorian metronome, finished to the highest standard which results in not only a fabulous display item but also coupled with a reliable performance. These are getting very hard to obtain and I am sure that this unit will not be around too long. The missing underside door panel in no way affects the metronome's performance, in some cases it can alter the audible tone of the tempo but on this particular unit, the difference is negligible due to the fact it still sounds so good without it.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time: 40 Minutes

 Jean Wagner Early Victorian Mahogany Metronome ( £145  - Order Number - M113 )

 Prepare for a history lesson!. This metronome is French and was manufactured by the J Wagner company based in Paris. Jean Wagner was a watchmaker and tower clock installer / manufacturer, following in his uncles footsteps Bernard Henri-Wagner. He was born in 1800 and died in 1875 with the company continuing operation under the ownership of a long tern friend and student Amadee-Phillippe Borell ( 1818-1887 ). Luckily for us, this chap was skilled and the history regarding him and the company is quite extensive from the horology side of the business. It enabled me to thoroughly research the firm, with this being only the third metronome that we have ever encountered from the early Victorian manufacturer. The business was located at various locations in and around Paris and under varying names, most of which are dateable. In 1833, J Wagner wrote a book entitled Metronom de Maelzel fabrique par J Wagner or Maelzel Metronome manufactured by J Wagner, bear in mind that this was only 17 years after Maelzel himself had manufactured or patented the very first metronome. Wagner was an extremely early manufacturer of the pyramid form of metronome, the mechanism installed in this example is nearly identical to ones that can be found on original and highly priced and prized metronomes from the man himself - Maelzel.
 So to recap, the manufacturer of this metronome had been producing metronomes from at least 1833 ( first patent from Maelzel in 1815 ), by this time, Wagner was aged 33. In 1852, he moved premises from Rue Montmarte to Rue Neuve des Petits Champs 47 where the business continued to flourish until his death in 1875. After his death, the J Wagner name continued to be used until 1887 but with the addition of his student's name Amadee Borell who took over the running of the firm.
 Very kindly, the company employed a habit of attaching a label to the underside of the mechanism compartment door as well as stamping the tempo scale to the lower third with the current firms location and name at the time of manufacture, this information is key in dating, with this particular unit reading:
METRONOME DE MAELZEL, Par J Wagner Neveu, Mecanicien Horloger, Rue Neuve des Petits Champs 47, Serial number - 35,950. If you are still with me, this means that this unit is accurately dateable to between 1852 ( the time they took up residence at Petit Champs ) and 1875 ( the time of Wagners death ) as it does not bear any mention of Borell, Wagners successor.
Phew......
 Basically, this metronome has a terrific pedigree, and a hugely impressive history regarding the manufacturer, it is finished in quality mahogany panelling which although shows a few surface ding marks remains in very good condition. We did have to do some work regarding split seams and joints but overall and considering it is over 150 years old, remarkable. The yellow tempo scale is unique, possibly boxwood stained and with hand punched numbering. The feet unfortunately lost to time have been replaced, as has the front door emblem but all other fixtures and fitting are original. While this metronome looks like any other mid period Paquet unit, it most certainly is not, it pre-dates the majority of both of the London firms production metronomes, Cocks and Cramer. The mechanism is historically important and bears a makers stamp of L J F who we have been unable to identify. Construction wise it is nearly identical to Maelzels own mechanism. It runs for a staggering 50+ minutes at 60 beats per minute, quite amazing!. It does have one idiosyncrasy, which should be forgiven, in that it is not very well balanced. It favours the right swing of the pendulum which we have been unable to rectify and is down to wear on the escapement or a bent pendulum arm. I literally could have written a 20 page's on this piece.
 This metronome is perfect for anybody in the market for a very scarce and important unit, mechanically the tempo is good and regular, even with the imbalance, but really, forget the operation, this metronome is museum quality and a very rare piece in it's own right.

Beats per Min: 60      Operating Time: 45 Minutes
 

 Thorens Mahogany Metronome  ( £89 - Order Number - M114 )

  Coppered fittings on this treated Mahogany metronome from Thorens. It is not numbered although the Swiss firm did normally serialise their production metronomes, it makes this one a little hard to date but it is certainly pre-1930. The scale is marked with the anchor logo for the firm and their metronomes, although on first appearances look identical to Paquet metronomes, they are slightly larger in dimensions and in a lot cases feature better quality materials. This metronome does have a few flaws that need mentioning, firstly there is what looks like an oil mark or finishing flaw to the front lower right, this appears to be under the top gloss lacquer so in all likelihood was something that developed after release from the factory. It is not too distracting and could be mistaken for graining but needs to be mentioned, secondly the mechanism runs slow ( mainspring wear ), this can be remedied by simply setting the upper pendulum weight one notch below the required tempo. It also has a tendency to ever so slightly  favour the left swing of the pendulum, this is down to wear on the escapement. With that being said and making the unit sound a lot worse than it actually performs, the tempo it maintains is good, supplying a very decent total runtime of 50 minutes. It is in totally original condition, retaining all of the factory parts and feet, winding key and and lower door still in place.
 There are a couple of minor dings to the exterior woodwork, nothing too bad and the metronome looks a lot better in hand than what appears in the images for some reason, possibly due to reflection of the intact lacquered finish.
 A nice honest piece, roughly 100 years old, Swiss manufactured and all original, it has been priced to reflect the slight issues with the mechanism although it performs admirably once you get used to it's idiosyncrasies.


Beats per Min: 56    Operating Time:  50 Minutes

 R.Cocks or Cramer Walnut  Veneered Victorian Metronome ( £165 - Order Number - M115 )

 We think that this one has a Walnut veneer. It is a relatively late production piece from either of the London based firms of Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co. This is indicated by the card ( not boxwood ) tempo scale and the painted black side panels that flank the scale, there are usually a solid Rosewood or Walnut. This along with other minor detail changes to the assembly suggest a production time frame of around 1890-1898. In fabulous condition, this metronome came to us in a non-working condition, and had not worked for a considerable amount of time, the anti-overwind feature was out of sync, meaning that it could not be wound and operated only for 5-10 minutes before stopping. In antique metronome terms this is a good thing in general as it means the unit has not been excessively over used or had the mainspring stressed for the whole of the units 120+ years of life. While this issue has been rectified, there is a caveat.
 Because the mainspring has not been able to fully compress during a full wind for many years, it is a little erratic right at the top of a new full wind, this should continue for a short period only and ease the more it is used. It is still fully operable and maintains a decent regular tempo even at the top of a wind, but some limping is evident visually for the first 3-4 minutes of operation at fully wound. Very loud, this metronome for the majority of the 45 minutes runtime will wake the neighbours. It has a very strong and well balanced pulse, running ever so slightly fast at 62 beats per minute, this is easily corrected by setting the upper pendulum weight 2bpm slower than the required tempo i.e for 60bpm set to 58bpm. Visually this lovely Victorian metronome is excellent, missing the crown to the front door badge and a slight veneer section missing to the front lower panel being the only flaws. The aged Walnut has taken on the dark look, more in keeping with Rosewood graining, but only evident on Walnut that has been around for a 100+ years. It has the nice semi gloss appearance still intact all over the exterior and some age crazing evident in when viewed in the right light or certain angles.
 This piece has a great antiqued appearance, the brass gold gilt still evident on many of the metronome's fittings and with all original parts still in place. The card tempo scale has survived remarkably well, and is virtually unmarked, even more remarkable when you consider that this metronome was exposed to coal fire and lamp oil residue for the best part of 20 years. The Boxwood variants are impervious to any kind of staining, the cards versions are far less forgiving so care needs to be taken with this one during any cleaning attempts. Reading back I have made this one sound like it has major issues, far from it. This unit performs and sounds exactly as you would hope a quality London Victorian manufactured metronome would, it is a fabulous example that has had limited use, has a strong mainspring and even tempo and with the exception of the missing crown to the front door emblem ( clean break and very hard to notice ) is outstanding visually. These pieces sell almost as fast as we can list them, and rightly so,  I do not expect this one to be any different.

Beats per Min: 62      Operating Time: 43 Minutes
 

 Paquet Shell Form Rosewood Scarce Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M116 )

 Possibly a special order item or at least manufactured only for a very short period, this Shell Form or ( Forme Coquille ) metronome from the French firm of Paquet is numbered '736' along with the factory overall serial number of '483,816'. This means that by the time the firm had produced five hundred thousand metronomes in total, mainly using the typical pyramid form, roughly only 1000 of these very attractive and unique style of rounded cased metronomes had been manufactured. In excellent condition and using thin cut high quality Rosewood panels it is very pleasing on the eye, complete with a unique front door emblem of the transfer type, that as far as we aware, was only used on this shell style metronome. The exterior case retains a semi high gloss factory finish, there are not dents and only minor surface scratches, the base has split at some point in this units history but both sections are still held firmly in place, by the original three fixing screws, the seams however can be seen on close inspection on either side of the base when viewed from above. Nothing too distracting but needs to be mentioned. Care should be taken if you decide to remove the base for any reason to access the mechanism.
 In order to achieve the curve, thin panels are a necessity, and probably would have been soaked over a long period to retain the form, while this results in an end product that is very appealing, these thin panels do affect the audible tempo of the mechanism, as the pulse is returned ( as with all metronomes ) through the wooden exterior case. The result is a rather lighter tone or higher pitched tempi that is usually encountered from a normal pyramid style metronome.
 The mechanism is of the standard Paquet construction, it runs for a total of 45 minutes at 60 beats per minute however there is wear to the escapement on this particular unit. It has a slightly louder tick than tock ( right pendulum swing louder that the left swing ) and although well balanced, would probably not be the best unit to be considered for a practise metronome. The typical card tempo scale does show some dirt and wear and a split to the top third but is intact, secure and fully legible. It is marked by the firm ' Forme Coquille' to both ends of the scale. The winding key is an artificially aged replacement. Other than clean the exterior and the mechanism, we have not attempted to clean any of the fixtures or fittings on this particular unit, the overall look of the metronome benefits from the aged appearance in our opinion. It dates to around 1900, possibly 10 years either side depending on the accuracy of our dating chart.
 As a unique display metronome and for anybody seeking a unit that stands out from the crowd, this one certainly fits the bill, it has rarity, quality materials and construction and a fabulous talking point for any collection or stand alone antiquity. This one came to us from France.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 JTL Mahogany Victorian Metronome   ( £115 - Order Number - M117 ) Reworked

 Being tested, coming soon.

Beats per Min: 68*     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 JTL Mahogany Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M118 ) REWORKED

 Here is a nice clean looking metronome from Jerome Thibouville Lamy, manufactured in France it dates to around the turn of the Century or the latter end of the Victorian period. There is a hand written '44' to the lower slat but we are fairly confident that this is too late to be the year of manufacture based on the mechanism parts and the fact the whole unit was covered in lamp oil residue. The exterior woodwork has been reworked, sanded, stained and several coats of tru-oil for protection and a semi gloss finish. The fittings have a wonderful handling patina which we have left alone to retain the antiqued appearance, with the front door fitted with the nickel silvered version of the Maelzel door emblem. The card scale is excellent, fully legible and clearly marked to the lower third with the JTL initials. The underside has suffered a split to one of the slats which has been re-glued but stable but all slats and feet are original to the piece.
 The mechanism is good providing 60 beats per minute, with a loud audible tempo and a total runtime of around 40 minutes. We say 'around' because there is a caveat with this unit, in that it does not like having the mainspring fully compressed to maximum. It is recommended therefore that the new owner gets into a habit of only turning the winding key only 7 or 8 half turns from flat to provide a slightly reduced runtime of 35-40 minutes. It comes with a working bell, on all four settings which is very loud and crisp, it does however have a reverb or recoil sound from the spring as it engages which is audible if you are stood right next to the metronome, less evident from a distance. It in no way impacts the bell operation and is down to wear on the bell seating washers and sliding mechanism, nothing too drastic but needs to be mentioned.
 The door is missing a retaining pin, but this is a good thing in our opinion as there is less chance of woodwork splits, which is a common problem on Paquet style metronomes, we have replaced one to ensure the door is retained and has a nice tight and snug fit, as it should. A lovely looking fresh metronome, over 100 years old, with a decent tempo and operation and a fully working bell. It has a few idiosyncrasies but most metronomes with this kind of age show a little wear and tear in some form or other, this one just needs a little tlc regarding the winding operation, the exterior is ready for another 100 years operation.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  40 Minutes
 

 Paquet Walnut  Metronome + Bell  ( £124 - Order Number - M119 )

 Finished in walnut, this metronome from the French firm of Paquet is a nice original piece. Relatively clean with a few superficial marks and light scratches, the exterior has survived very well and has obviously been well cared for. The left hand panel does have very light sun bleaching but hardly noticeable and the light golden woodwork is complimented by all original fittings that have developed a lovely chocolate brown patina. This metronome is the fixed door version featuring a 3/4 length full brass door hinge, no problems with door retaining pins or damaged woodwork here, the unit is numbered to the lower underside ' 617,347' dating the metronome to around 1920. It has odd feet, one black, one a slightly lighter brown shade, we could have rectified this by painting either or both but decided to leave it as it stands ( forgive the pun ), as there is no way of telling if they are factory additions or if one is a replacement, either way, you can hardly notice.
 The card scale is excellent, very crisp and marked with the Paquet emblem, the feet have had felt added which makes seating it on top of a piano or delicate surface completely safe, it is missing the lower mechanism protective door but this is purely cosmetic and for dust protection but is not essential.  The mechanism is very clean and reliable, it is audibly very loud regarding the tempo ( due to the missing door ) and has a good strong action supplying 60bpm for a total runtime of around 50 minutes. It comes with a fully operational bell, crisp and clear and with a good reverb, occasionally there is a little residual noise from the bell spring if you are stood close to the metronome but nothing too distracting. The cast brass original fixed winding key has a seam split, but appears to be stable for now, we are however supplying a replacement key as cover which will be included with the metronome.
 The metronome is a very good performer, a strong main-spring, supplying a decent tempo and good bell operation. All of this suggests that this metronome has seen little use over the course of its life, it has been well cared for, is still in totally original condition, with the exception of a foot and missing door panel and it displays very well. The bell is the outstanding feature of this unit, rarely do you get one with such a strong bell spring and a mainspring with enough power to still drive it in near factory condition.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  50 Minutes
 

 Paquet Cherry Victorian  Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M120 ) REWORKED

 When this metronome arrived in bits, flat packed and not working we knew we where in trouble. One look at the grain and we knew we would have to go the extra mile on this metronome to not only get it working again but to completely reassemble it, including a few missing sections of wood. The visual result hopefully should speak for itself. The metronome itself is a very early production piece from Paquet, unfortunately the original underside slats where the original serial number would have been, had been lost but we are fairly sure it would have been sub 100,000 ( the current serial has no relevance to the metronome as the slat is a replacement ).
 The quality of the wood along with the parts and make up of the mechanism and external fittings, along with a heavy coating of coal fire and oil lamp residue, all point to this one being manufactured around 1880, possibly earlier. Finished in what we think is Cherry ( possibly Walnut ), the exterior has been stripped, sanded and numerous coatings of tru-oil to really make the grain pop and to show it off, there are a few visual  faults however as matching the wood grain on missing sections was always going to be an issue ( at least for us ). Luckily both of these sections are on the same right hand panel so do not overly distract from the metronomes general appearance. These sections include a chip to the lower left side below the winding key and a 2" seam split / missing woodwork to the same right panel, right side. There are also two age cracks visible to the rear panel but these are old, stable and in our opinion, add character. The tempo scale has suffered from years of exposure but is just about readable. We would have liked to replace it, but we have found that on these early production pieces, many times they are glued as well as pinned.
 The external fittings have been left alone, showing off fabulous handling patina against the vivid wood graining, both complimenting each other, there are four old screw holes to the lower front section that have had the screws removed, the panel re-glued and the holes filled, these holes are still visible.
 Visually very appealing especially as a shelf display metronome, the mechanism also needed a lot of work, it now performs very well, with an audible tempo, relatively well balanced at 60 beats per minute and for a total runtime of approx 42 minutes. It has a fully working bell, on all four ring settings and a pleasant not too over-powering tone to the bell, there is also no residual noise from the bell spring. This old soldier has been bought back to life, we wish we had taken the time pre-work so that we had the opportunity to show a before and after, but as a project, we are very happy how this one turned out. Working well mechanically, a good bell and visually one that catches the eye, it comes from a period when quality was key and the results even after a rework 140 years later, are plain to see. This is the 'Kim Kardashian' of the metronome World, knocking on a bit, but still looks good even though it has had a bit of work!.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

Brass Polishing:

We also offer a brass polishing service, where we remove all exterior brass fittings and polish to a high sheen which seems to be popular when matching a metronome to a piano for display purposes. We do not clean the fittings by default unless we feel the unit warrants it and any item shown on the website without cleaned brass-work is sold as viewed. We will however, under instruction polish fittings once a unit has been purchased for a standard charge of £9.95. Occasionally metronomes can be fitted with nickel silver or copper metal-work and in most cases these are best left to develop a deep handling patina. We will advise if we do not think that a unit would benefit from this service.

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