Metronome Gallery: M117 - M124

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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 Robert Cocks or Cramer Walnut Veneered Victorian Metronome   ( SOLD - Order Number - M117 )

 This lovely early Victorian metronome dates to around 1870, it came to us via an auction house in Anglesey, Wales. In excellent condition, this unit was completely un-cleaned, with the mechanism having never been removed from the housing. The exterior was covered in a dark coating of coal fire and lamp oil residue, hiding the glorious grain but at the same time protecting it. This has been carefully removed, revealing the original finish and has been rubbed lightly with a walnut to restore and reinvigorate the dry veneer, resulting in this very attractive and un-damaged exterior.
 The panels are a Walnut veneer with a full walnut door and the tempo scale flanked by Rosewood paneling, the tempo scale itself is hand punched with the timings and is a solid boxwood. The construction of these earlier / mid period metronomes from the London firms are much heavier and more solidly constructed than the later Victorian pieces, featuring solid base materials and heavy solid brass fittings and mechanism parts. This particular unit has all of the original fittings and feet, lower door and winding key etc. The brass parts still retain much of the original factory gilt finish, with the door emblem having been heavily polished over the years resulting in a very complimentary antiqued appearance. This emblem was also hidden below old brass polishing powder dust and residue that had not been cleaned or indeed polished for a very long time. Interestingly, this unit has a couple of stamped Roman Numerals groupings onto the woodwork, one under the actual winding key reading 'VII' and the other to the underside reading 'XVIII'. While we have seen this before on these early pieces we are still not sure what exactly the purpose was.
 The mechanism is extremely clean, it had been protected very well due to the original lower door still remaining in place, it has been fully disassembled, ultrasonically cleaned and degreased and re-assembled. It supplies 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of around 42-46 minutes. It has a nice even tempo and a relatively loud action.
 There is no stamped serial number on this unit's mechanism and no maker designation at all, the door emblem features 'Best English Make' which we think was a Generic company term incorporated into the design in 1868. Pre-1868 both firms of Robert Cocks and Co and Cramer and Co used the companies address around the exterior of this door emblem. Although we are unable to conclusively nail down the maker, what is not in doubt is the quality of manufacture. Using the very best materials and opting for a high quality veneer finish, both London firms certainly supplied the highest quality metronome available during the period, anywhere in the World. This is reflected nearly 150 years later when we come to service units. They are a joy to restore and very satisfying are the results when they come out looking and working as nice as this metronome.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks Victorian Walnut Veneered Metronome for USA Distributor  ( SOLD - Order Number - M118 )

The United States did not have a metronome producer of their own until 1898, when John Church first set up his small cottage business in Ohio. We think that this metronome was a Robert Cocks manufactured piece rebranded and sold to the US market via the Virgil Practice Clavier Company ( Large 19th Century Piano and Organ, sheet music producer in the US ). We also found a link suggesting the VPC company had an outlet for their own wares in London around 1890, so it is possible that they themselves constructed this metronome from parts purchased from either Cocks or Cramer.
 It is the first one of the kind we have had the pleasure of owning and is extremely rare in it's own right. Manufactured between 1860-1899 it is a little difficult to tie this one down exactly. It does have a a handwritten 8/98 ( Oct 1898 ) inside the mechanism compartment however we have seen this before on units that came to us with a much earlier production date confirmed. Personally I would guess at a date of around 1870 based on the construction, fittings and mechanism style. It has a wonderful antiqued appearance, years of coal fire or lamp oil residue build up on the exterior veneered Walnut ( we think ) wood panels has given the metronome a wonderful sheen only evident on woodwork that has not been cleaned for decades. The last two picture's in the series shows how this metronome came to us covered in dust and had obviously been stored for a number of years. It has suffered a few age related issues during the 150 odd years it has been around, a large age crack or split to the rear panel and a minor seam split evident to the left panel. This split has been re-glued and braced internally by us since these pictures have been taken and is completely stable. The door emblems are a fabulous deep  chocolate, with evidence of the original brass lacquered finish just visible on close inspection, both have a great handling patina and compliment the overall aged appearance of this genuine collectable very well.
 What we especially love about this particular metronome is the hand punched or impressed boxwood tempo scale, there appears to be several digits that have been punched incorrectly and re-punched. It goes to show that although the quality and workmanship is second to none in regards of materials and construction, even these highly skilled Victorian craftsmen where prone to the odd off day or a dodgy Monday. It may also be an indicator of course that this metronome was indeed assembled by VPC workers rather than Cocks staff, for who mistakes such as this are rarely encountered. This tempo scale is clearly marked to the lower third ' The V.P.C Metronome'.
 With all original fittings still in place as well as the original winding key, it is complimented with an extremely clean and reliable mechanism that again would point towards this unit having been stored for a number of years. Supplying 60 beats per minute and for a total run time of 45 minutes, it has a very well balanced and even tempo. A strong swing to the pendulum and is not too over-powering audibly. The mechanism itself does not have a serial number unfortunately which would give an indication as to the decade in which it was produced but construction and parts wise, we can confirm that it is quite early. For anybody out there lucky enough to own an original Virgil Practise Clavier piano, this accessory is the ultimate companion. In all original condition, fully working to a very good standard and as rare as they come in terms of metronome manufacture. Try to find another !.  The underside protective door is also still in place although missing one of the retaining catches, this does result in it being a little loose on moving the unit. The rear foot is attached to this door. We have undertaken only a very minimal clean of this metronome externally, we preferred to leave the existing patina that has accumulated over a Century as it is, rather than remove all character and appeal.
Another high quality rare metronome that could quite easily qualify for museum residency.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Paquet Cherry Wood Victorian Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M119 )

 We think that this Victorian French manufactured metronome from Paquet has Cherry wood paneling, dating to around 1890, the exterior is in excellent condition with only a few minor marks commensurate with age. The visible grain is very good and the original polished clear lacquered finish is largely intact. Visually it is a very attractive metronome and we have done nothing to the exterior as it needed nothing doing other than a very light clean, it retains all original fittings and fixtures, including the feet and underside protective door. Clearly marked on a fully legible tempo scale for the Paquet company, the underside has a serial number ' 146,385' and confirms it as a Victorian production piece.
 The mechanism however has not fared so well, we have had to undertake a full rebuild on this one as it was completely broken with missing parts. While that might sound like a negative, it is actually a good thing in terms of performance. The mainspring comes from a metronome dating to roughly 50 years later, again a Paquet unit. It therefore, has been subjected to a lot less wear and compression than the original would have had ( if it was working ) and has given this particular metronome a new lease of life. With the exchange of the mechanism comes a new winding key, the original again was lost to time but not only that, the configuration or design was changed by Paquet in the later years to require the keys to be threaded, a normal brass replacement winding key usually supplied by us would now not fit this replacement mechanism.
In terms of performance, it is very good, a nice loud audible tempo, even and well balanced and supplying 60 beats per minute. It runs for a total of 45 minutes, is consistent and has a strong swing to the pendulum. This piece has survived 130 years amazingly well, we suspect that it was stored for many years in a non-working state which in turn protected the exterior. Here is your chance to own a metronome produced in the Victorian era and yet has the performance of a later production Paquet metronome.
 The feet could possibly do with a repaint which we are quite happy to undertake if required, however we think they are equally in keeping with the overall look of the metronome in original condition.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Paquet Pearwood Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M120 )

This metronome dates to around 1920 and was manufactured by the French firm of Paquet. We think that the exterior paneling or woodwork is Pearwood or possibly Cherry and considering it is close to 100 years old, it remains in very good condition. There are some minor scuffs and  wear, mainly around the handling areas of the winding key and door catch but nothing too distracting, there are no major deep scratches or obvious damage visible. The blonde golden tones to the woodwork are matched with bronzed or coppered fittings that have a nice handling patina and have a nice even chocolate colour. The interior scale compartment is very smart, the card tempo scale is good, with no poor cleaning attempts visible and the markings very legible. Unusually, the tempo scale is unmarked with regard to the manufacturer but based on the serial number of ' 653,608 ' it most certainly is a Paquet production metronome.
 The underside of the metronome has suffered a little, the feet had been damaged and have been replaced and the lower mechanism protective door is missing. Mechanically and operationally, this metronome is very good, it is quite a loud unit with a strong and even tempo and a strong mainspring which provides a total runtime of 45+ minutes and an accurate 60 beats per minute. Quite an attractive metronome and in relatively good original condition with the bonus of good operation and a reliable tempo.
Other than the usual full mechanism service that we undertake on all of our units, this metronome has had no work done to the exterior finish, with the exception of the feet replacement and is in original condition.


Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Paquet White Oak Metronome + Bell  ( £124 - Order Number - M121 ) REWORKED

Probably constructed using White Oak and quarter sawn panels, gives this metronome from Paquet a blonde or pale look to the reworked woodwork. It came to us with minor surface scratches and handling wear to the polished or lacquered original finish which was quite unsightly so it had the fittings removed, was completely sanded back and once smooth had several quality coats of gun stock varnish or oil applied. This gives a semi gloss sheen and high protection from handling wear and from the elements and water damage. The exterior fittings are almost jet black with patina and from handling and compliment the light finish of the woodwork very well, the card tempo scale is clean and fully legible and unusually not marked with the Paquet trademark symbol to the lower third. We are however fairly confident that this is a Paquet metronome going by the serial number of 652,630 which dates the manufacture to around 1920.
 It is an excellent example, both visually and mechanically, having a working bell on all four settings, it has a very loud and audible ring or tone and one of the better bells that we have encountered of any metronome that has passed through our hands. It still operates comfortably even on the slowest pendulum setting, which is a good indicator of having a strong and not overly used mainspring. The tempo is good, with a nice strong swing to the pendulum arm and is very well balanced. It supplies 60 beats per minute and with a total runtime of 45+ minutes from fully wound.
 The door does sit slightly off center when placed, we could have rectified this by removing and reseating the door retaining pins, but this can cause more issues with chips to the lower panel, than it actually solves, hence it is being sold as it is. It is not too bad and really not evident at all unless you look for it but needed to be mentioned, other than that this metronome is a great original example, still having all original parts and fittings to include the underside feet and lower protective door ( so often missing ). A great looking unit, one of the best sounding bells we have encountered, supplying an accurate tempo and given a new lease of life with a full exterior sympathetic rework, what's not to like?.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:   45+ Minutes
 

Robert Cocks or Cramer & Co Mid Victorian Walnut Metronome +BELL ( SOLD - Order Number - M122 )

 Performance wise, this lovely Victorian Walnut metronome is outstanding. You would be hard pressed to find another that operates as well as this one from the 19th Century anywhere and considering it is 134 years old, it is a testament to the quality workmanship of either of the London based firms of Cramer or Cocks. Unmarked in terms of being able to attribute it 100% to a manufacturer, we are fairly confident that it would have been Robert Cocks, and is numbered internally 18/85 for 1885. This unit came to us from an auction house in Buckinghamshire UK and needed a fair amount of work in order to restore it, not only functionally but also the exterior appearance. The woodwork had become very dry and tired but was generally still in very good original condition. Rather than apply or totally rework the exterior we have simply used a walnut to rub over the entire piece, replacing some of the natural oils into the grain, which at the same time removes much of the old coal fire grime and lamp oil residue ingrained onto the exterior. You will have to take our word for it, but the transformation was quite amazing. There are a couple of old seam splits which we have glued / braced internally along with a re-glue of the critical seams for stability, these cracks are now totally stable. The woodwork itself is still a little dry in places and evident when holding the metronome in a certain light / angle, this should become less evident over time with handling and dusting etc but should be completely low maintenance in terms of looking after the finish. No top coats or varnish, stain or any type of finish applied to this one, just pure open grained Walnut with a Burr Walnut veneer applied to the front panel and door.
 The Tempo scale is Boxwood, hand impressed by a worker using punch tools to apply the tempo grading's and timings, either side of the tempo scale are Rosewood panels with a key storage hole to the lower right. The scale is unmarked and in first class condition. The brass exterior fittings still hold much of the original fire gilt along with the door emblem, the original winding key lost to time but a nicely matching replacement is being offered and shown in the pictures below.
The mechanism:  
                              When we started work on this unit, it quickly became evident that the metronome had been attic or cupboard stored in a dry location for a very long time. It had more wildlife in the mechanism compartment than you would find at Longleat. We removed numerous cobwebs, dead spiders and chrysalis larvae and all moving parts of the mechanism had completely seized, furred and covered in decades of dust and old oiling attempts and the usual Victorian residue from fires etc. However, the mainspring was strong and working and after a full service and comprehensive cleaning, the mechanism immediately performed as though it had just left the factory.  No re-alignment necessary, no re-balancing, this  lovely piece was just waiting for somebody to show it some love and attention. It has possibly one of the strongest actions or swings to the pendulum that we have encountered on a Victorian metronome, is extremely well balanced and supplies a very pleasing audible tempo all the way down the scale and even on the slowest settings. The bell assembly, shown below in 'cleaned condition' was equally as defunct and completely seized up. It features one  of Robert Cocks earlier style Bronze cast bells which supply a fantastic tone / return. Again, once cleaned and re-aligned, it now runs correctly on all four settings and has an exceptional ring and reverb. We will never know who the worker was that assembled and constructed this piece, what we can tell you however is that it is virtually flawless in terms of the mechanism. The only other thing we need to mention is the audible return of the winding key. It is a little strange on this unit, and not what we usually observe on a Cocks metronome. There is nothing wrong with it and completely by design however it is a little high pitched rather than the usual click click click. The original feet and base are still retained.
An outstanding Victorian metronome in A1 mechanical condition, it could be used in a semi-professional work environment without any issues ,and has pedigree coming from the finest metronome manufacturer of the 19th Century, did we also mention that it is 134 years old?, had limited use throughout it's life and is keen to impress!.   


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks or Cramer Rosewood Victorian Metronome + Bell  ( £149 - Order Number - M123 ) REWORKED

With the serial number '7044'  stamped onto the mechanism, this London produced Victorian metronome from either Robert Cocks or the Cramer and Co firms was manufactured around 1870-1885. It has a solid Walnut door, Rosewood veneered, with Rosewood paneling either side of the hand impressed or punched Boxwood tempo scale. The original exterior Rosewood panels came to us in a dry and stained condition, covered in what appeared to be black tar substance, we had no choice but to rework the finish on this particular unit. The metronome itself was non-working, although the mainspring was still functional. Missing wood sections from the underside with damaged original brass bun feet that needed reworking.
 It also had a non-working bell assembly, which we have corrected and re-enabled to a working condition on all four settings. We removed all exterior fittings and left them in their original condition other than a gentle clean, while we reworked the woodwork. The exterior has been lightly sanded and refinished with several high quality coats of gun stock oil finish, which provides waterproofing and handling protection. On these early veneered metronomes you are a little restricted as to what can be done with the exterior due to the thickness of the quality veneer, so this unit has not been grain filled. This means that the exterior gloss finish is not completely smooth which should be evident from the pictures shown below. It is a typical London manufactured metronome, featuring a quality bronze cast bell, which audibly has a wonderful tone, the mechanism is solid brass, finely milled and assembled and with chrome plated screws and brass pins for solid fixing, the exterior fittings would once have been gold washed or held a gold burnish, this is still evident on close inspection. There is a hairline crack to the inside of the door which has been glued and appears to be stable and a small wood section missing from the metronome's pyramid topper to the front.
  It supplies 60 beats per minute and operates with a fairly loud very audible tempo and fully working even on the slowest settings, it does have a caveat however and one that does not become immediately evident listening to the tempo in the clip below. It does have a slightly variable swing to the pendulum. This is probably due to a mainspring issue and at some point the metronome has probably been stored for a period of time while fully wound or compressed. For this reason it is probably best not to consider this metronome as a regular practice aid however the mainspring is still strong enough to power the bell assembly, which is always a good sign when it comes to the strength of a metronome's mainspring. The winding key is an old replacement but came with the metronome and is a good aged replacement from around the same period of the metronome's manufacture. The bell is the outstanding feature of this metronome, along with the visual appearance and fantastic aged wood grain. It has been given a new lease of life.  Although our homepage makes it look as though these London made metronome's are fairly common, we are yet to see one of these with a serial number higher than 9000, they are becoming increasingly hard to find in any condition. We hope that the work that has gone into this one means that it is around for another generation at least. Did we mention that it is 140 years old?.


Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:   43 Minutes
 

 Robert Cocks Rosewood Victorian Presentation Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M124 )

Amazingly, this metronome from the Cocks Company of London, still has an original custom presentation paper label attached to the inner mechanism compartment which lists not only the recipient but is also dated for '1889'. It reads:
Presented to
-Theresa Hoole-
By the Stocksbridge Wesleyan Chapel and Choir Committee
Xmas 1889
As a token of our esteem for the valuable service she has so willingly rendered as principal Soprano.
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 A picture is attached of the afore mentioned chapel below, located just to the East of the Peak district in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We have also undertaken a little research into the recipient herself which can be read here > Theresa Hoole . If we have the correct person, she actually married in the same year that this metronome was presented 1889, at the age of 22. Bolsterstone, the town she was living in, in 1881 and shown on the 1881 census is only 1.7 miles from the chapel. She was married on Christmas day 25th December 1889 to a Mr John Elshaw, one year her senior and it would appear that this metronome was probably a wedding present at the time of her wedding.
Finished with a Rosewood Veneered exterior, the metronome itself is in great original condition. It has all of the original fixtures and fittings, including the feet and it even retains the original lower side gauze still in place, over the hole in the underside protective door panel. Originally this gauze would have been glued on the outside of the hole, however nine times out of 10, this gauze is missing altogether. The only thing that is not original and that has been altered, is the door catch retaining pin, that has been replaced with a round headed tack. There is a slight veneer lift or section missing to the left side panel but after 130+ years, we think that this can be forgiven. The exterior displays very well, it has a wonderful antiqued appearance with a soft semi gloss sheen and good handling patina to the brass fittings. Much of the original fire gilt or gold washed coating remains in place and compliments the woodwork perfectly.
 It was obvious on receipt of this metronome that the mechanism itself had never been cleaned or removed AT ALL in the lifespan of the unit. It was still limping along quite happily but was is in serious need of a good service. Once all parts had been cleaned to include the bell assembly, it has been restored to a fully functioning unit, it provides a total runtime of around 43 minutes with a decent tempo and a bell that operated on all four settings. However...
 This one is running a little fast. This is easily rectified by simply setting the upper pendulum weight 6 bpm slower on the tempo scale, above your desired tempo. i.e for 60 beats per minute, you would set the weight on the scale for 54bpm. We suspect that at some point in this metronomes history and quite early on that the upper pendulum weight has been lost and an original replacement added, hence the discrepancy, however this is not all bad as it also means that this particular unit will operate even on the slowest tempo setting, quite remarkable after so many years.
As with any Victorian manufactured metronome, we do not recommend them for use as a practice aid, this one could be used in a non-professional environment however. The bell is good, works correctly on all four settings even on the slowest tempo setting which is extremely rare for a metronome of this age, the audible tone is good, not too over-powering. It can sometimes jump out of sync if the bell lever is not exactly set but hardly worth a mention and is purely a very minor idiosyncrasy.
 This is a fantastic metronome that not only comes with stunning looks and operational, but it also has a traceable provenance and tangible history due the attached presentation label, fully working and restored,  we can even tell you you that this unit once accompanied a young 22 year old Victorian Soprano as she practised her singing exercises before the forthcoming Church Service. Her occupation is listed as 'Scholar' and  'Umbrella Hand' !!. She passed in 1944 aged 76, John in 1915.
 


Beats per Min: 66*    Operating Time:   43 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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