Francis Barker Mk III Prismatic Compass

Restoration of a vintage marching compass

There are many tragedies that can befall a mechanical watch: dirt or grime can gum up the works, a slight fall will break pivots and jeweled bearings, moisture will oxidize steel pinions in a heartbeat, and magnetism can enchant a hairspring ruining the balance wheel’s consistent beat. When examining a malfunctioning movement under the loupe, grime and oxidation are easy to discern. Broken pivots and jewels will also come to light during early testing. A magnetized hairspring can sometimes be difficult to discern. Continue reading “Francis Barker Mk III Prismatic Compass”

A Second Hula Girl Lamp

Another antique lamp repair

Well here is a another hula girl lamp from the 1940’s! I didn’t expect to see one of these so soon but I was contacted by an gentleman named Scot inquiring about a repair. This lamp has the exact same defect as the one I serviced earlier- one of the fasteners for the skirt had failed. Continue reading “A Second Hula Girl Lamp”

Antique Dodge Hula Girl Lamp

A bit of non-horological repair work

You may have seen this lamp in an antique store, on eBay, or even in the movie Pearl Harbor. Here a bronze statue of a women dressed simply in a grass skirt performs the Hawaiian Hula thanks to the wonders of a small electric motor. The lamp is supposed to convey the art of the Hula, or at least the titillating aspects of the dance, to the amusement of the owner. It is certainly kitschy and it reminds me a bit of the notorious “leg lamp” from the movie A Christmas Story. Continue reading “Antique Dodge Hula Girl Lamp”