Metronome Gallery: M109 - M116

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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Paquet Mahogany Victorian Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M109 )

 This metronome has the serial number '287,470' this dates it roughly to between 1895 - 1900. Manufactured by the French firm of Paquet it is in very good condition. We have had to deal with a few lifting edges / seams which have been re-glued and also the base has had both front feet replaced due to damage, but the original slats and lower protective door are all still in place. Finished with nicely grained quality Mahogany panelling, the exterior is in decent condition, there are a couple of light dings and minor scratches but overall it has a nicely toned golden appearance, with the brass fittings taking on an antiqued aged patina having never been cleaned. The Paquet front door emblem still shows some of the original Gold burnish over the brass base and the card tempo scale is fully readable, although a little grubby from exposure to lamp and coal fire residue and general wear and tear over 120+ years.
 This unit has a nice loud and audible action, the tempo is very good, even and well balanced. It still runs well at 60 beats per minute and for a total runtime of around 50 minutes. The mechanism, although seized completely on arrival, has cleaned up very well and proved to be reliable, this is in part due to the fact that the lower door is still in place. We hope the pictures are self explanatory, a nice original metronome ( with the exception of the feet ) from the largest metronome producer of the period, finished in quality Mahogany that retains the majority of the factory lacquered finish, a decent mechanism with a higher than average runtime and a consistent tempo. There is a little wear evident around the key storage hole to the front black panel but we really are nit picking considering this metronome's age.


Beats per Min: 60   Operating Time: 55 Minutes
  

 Paquet Coffret ( Box ) Portable Metronome  ( £139 - Order Number - M110  )

 This is a scare Paquet ( French ) manufactured variant in working order, dating to around 1930. Few working examples of this particular model survive today, mainly  due to the fragile design of the collapsible pendulum arm and the fact that even though the selling point of this model was it's portability, the relatively large size of the unit ( 6" x 3.5" x 3.5" ) and the inclusion of a standard mechanism, meant it was very susceptible to knocks or poor handling. The case or box is wooden panelled covered or finished in a dark red mottled material, the exterior has survived remarkably well, with only a slight minor off centre seat to the lid when closed. It is a luxury design with  a rich green felt or velvet padding to interior on opening, the card tempo scale is excellent, as are the internal chrome polished fittings and bell adjustment lever.
 The actual winding hole for the metronome is to the left side panel but it also has a key storage hole internally. The totally unique feature to this particular model was the foldable or collapsible pendulum arm, by design is allows the owner to simply park the pendulum and close the lid with it still in the upright position. The arm is hinged on the bottom and lays flat within the closed compartment. While this was a fabulous idea initially, it can prove to be a little unreliable in that any slight bend or catch to the pendulum arm can throw this hinge alignment out of sync and result in the pendulum arm collapsing during operation. This metronome works as intended but careful placement of the pendulum arm prior to use is necessary.
The tempo scale itself is marked to the lower third " Made in France " and on the upper third " Metronome Paquet -Coffret- Brevette S.G.D.G. The unit comes with a four position adjustable bell, a ring every 2.3.4.or 6th swing of the pendulum. It works on all four settings although the pendulum tempo is slightly affected when the bell is engaged. The bell is adjusted by moving the chrome pointer to the desired setting, the audible bell tone is good with a little residual noise evident. Mechanically the operation of this unit is relatively reliable, it does have a fairly weak swing to the pendulum arm which becomes far more evident as the unit winds down, it does however run for around 45 minutes with a good well balanced tempo. Probably not a good idea to consider this metronome as a regular practise aid due to the slightly weak performance and collapsible pendulum arm, however if you are in the market for what is a borderline museum quality example of an early 20th Century, extremely rare metronome ( try to find another ! ) this one may be a contender. Bear in mind that this metronome is fairly large and also that care is going to be needed during setting the operation. It is a true collector's piece and a good display and occasional use metronome that should easily prove to be a good investment in the future. We should also mention that we have only performed a very lightweight clean on the case, internal velvet and fittings etc on this metronome. It would therefore be possible for the new owner to improve on what is already a fantastically conditioned early example from Paquet.

 


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

 Robert Cocks Burr Walnut Veneer Victorian Mahogany Metronome + Bell ( £169  - Order Number - M113 )

 This outrageously handsome metronome from the London manufacturer of Robert Cocks has taken us two years to acquire the parts necessary to be able to offer it once again as a working piece. As with all of this firms high quality metronome's, the parts were individually cut, filed, chaste and assembled by individual skilled workers and as such many of the parts are not inter-changeable between units. It required a replacement mechanism and bell assembly to match the pre-cut woodwork holes in the exterior case, no mean feat, when you are looking for an exact maker specific replacement in excess of 150 years old.
 The woodwork itself is Mahogany and finished with a highly polished or lacquered Burr Walnut veneer, the tempo scale is Boxwood, hand impressed or hole punched with the timing and tempo lettering and flanked either side by  Rosewood panels. In excellent condition and with nearly all of the original lacquered top coat in place, there is a minor very old and well done repair to the rear edge lower left and that is it!. Visually this metronome is outstanding. The original front door gold burnished emblem for the Cocks company has suffered and although on 1st appearances it looks fine and displays well, it has lost some of the upper edge of the crown and lower wreath, care needs to be taken when dusting or wiping the exterior not to snag these rough edges.
 The unit itself dates to around 1860 and has been matched with a mechanism from around the same date, featuring an early cast bell. The bells on these early Victorian metronome's are problematic at the best of times, and being a replacement even more so, this one has had a custom spring repair and several other parts replaced in order to restore just two of the original four working bell settings. It is crisp and loud and has a pleasing tone on the 2 & 3 swing of the pendulum setting, 4 &6 do not work. It also takes a little practice locating the correct placement on the bell slider arm in order for both of these working settings to be enabled correctly. The mechanism bears the serial number of '1871' confirming it as a very early example. The highest serial we have encountered from the Robert Cocks firm is '8700' meaning only a very limited numbers of these fantastic metronome's have ever been produced.
The four feet are exacting replacements, as is the winding key, which again is a period Robert Cocks replacement, the underside mechanism protective door is missing although relatively easy to cut a card replacement if required. The tempo itself is decent, 60 beats per minute and a total runtime of around 45 minutes. It is relatively loud, well balanced and although it is not the strongest swing of the pendulum we have encountered, it is consistent. Personally I am glad that we did not give up on this one, it took a while to source the correct original parts but we hope you agree that it was worth the effort and wait. A fabulous metronome, visually it is one of the best looking pieces we have ever offered, coupled with one of the earliest serial numbers we have encountered to date. Probably best not to consider this one as a regular practice metronome because of the early production date, however as a shelf collectable and as a head turning antique for the display case, this unit will be hard to beat.
Due to the rather exposed underside and delicate nature and placement of the bell hammer, caution is need when handling, placing or packing this metronome.

Beats per Min: 60      Operating Time: 45 Minutes
 

 Jerome Thibouville Lamy Victorian Mahogany Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M114 )

  A very nice performer here. A loud and well balanced audible tone and tempo. The metronome was manufactured by JTL or Jerome Thibouville Lamy in France, using high quality Mahogany paneling, it dates to the end of the 19th Century to around 1896. At some point in this units history the exterior case has come apart and has been reassembled and re-glued, and although this is evident on close inspection it has otherwise been done very well with some seam gaps evident to the rear panel. The metronome still retains all of the original fittings with the exception of the winding key which is a replacement. JTL consistently manufactured a very high quality metronome, usually to a far higher standard than the larger rival French firm of Paquet.
 The feet have been repainted and felt added so that it can safely be stored or placed on delicate furniture or a piano. The tempo scale is crisp and clear and finished in yellow, it is clearly marked to the lower third with the JTL moniker. There is no serial number evident to the underside however the fact that this metronome was covered in lamp and coal fire residue suggests that it is indeed Victorian and coupled with the quality of the woodwork makes it a very desirable unit. It runs for around 45 minutes at 60 beats per minute, the tempo is loud and consistent and a decent performer. I have made this metronome sound terrible by mentioning that fact that is has had issues in the past, it is actually a very attractive piece, good visible grain that still retains the original protective lacquer topcoat, no major dents or scratches and considering the metronome is over 100 years old, it has been cared for very well. The underside mechanism door is still in place.


Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time:  45 Minutes

 Paquet or Cocks Victorian Mahogany Metronome ( SOLD - Order Number - M115 )

 Firstly we should say that we a little confused by the configuration on this metronome. The door emblem to the front suggests that the metronome is a London made piece by either the Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co firms. This however is contradicted by a Paquet style mechanism and very early Paquet style shell and tempo scale. We think that the door emblem has been added at a later date from a substitute metronome. That being said, date wise it is a very good match and suits the metronome perfectly. Our pictures show the exterior case as being Golden in colour. While the finish is a very high quality Mahogany, in hand it has more of a chocolate tone. It would date to around 1890, possibly earlier, with no major damage or scratches to note, externally the metronome is excellent. Lovely visible grain and a nice dark handling patina to the fittings. The replacement winding key has been artificially aged by us to suit.
 To the underside, the lower mechanism protective door is missing and some old woodworm holes are visible to the feet slats ( filled and no longer an issue). The three original bun feet are intact and along with a possible boxwood tempo scale are key indicators of Victorian production. It runs very well and has a nice strong tone, a strong swing and is quite loud in terms of the audible return from the action. It is running a little fast at 63 beats per minute but this is easily rectified by setting the upper pendulum a little slower than corresponding tempo scale mark. This is possibly down to the thorough clean of all the major mechanism components . Also if we where to be extremely critical it does, ever so slightly favor the right swing of the pendulum. Hardly visible and probably something you would never notice had we not mentioned it here. This in no way affects the performance or tempo. The mechanism itself is clean and provides a good strong total runtime of around 50 minutes. The performance on this particular unit benefits from not actually winding the piece to the absolute maximum. As with all antique metronome's, it is far better to stop one or two key turns shy of fully compressing the mainspring, settle for a slightly reduced runtime and add decades to the longevity of the mainspring.
 This lovely metronome is a one looker when it comes to antiquity. Not only does it have the appearance of a well cared for, quality collectable but it also has the performance to match. A strong and loud metronome with a very capable mainspring suggesting minimal use over the course of this units lifetime and a virtually undamaged exterior. Did we mention it is over 120 years old?.


Beats per Min: 63      Operating Time: 50 Minutes
 

 Paquet Shell Form or Coquille Rosewood Scarce Metronome  ( HOLD - 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 no dents and only minor surface scratches, the base has split in half at some point in this units history, we have undertaken a braced repair which works well but care needs to taken by not over-tightening the 3 base retaining screws. These screws are located beneath the three foam fitted feet to the base and removing these feet and screws is the only way to access the mechanism. As access may be needed for whatever reason by the new owner we are including another 3 foam feet as replacements, should they be needed in the future. The seams from this split however can be seen on close inspection on either side of the base when viewed from above, now very slight and 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 original 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
 

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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