Metronome Gallery: M117 - M124


 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  ( £129 - 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 Rosewood Victorian  Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M120 ) REWORKED

This fabulous looking metronome from the French firm of Paquet is in very nice condition. It retains all original fixtures and fittings and is complimented with having the exterior woodwork case constructed of high quality Rosewood panelling. Post 1900 the use of Rosewood and Walnut and other desirable woods seems to have proven difficult to source or not cost effective for the Paquet firm, as it is relatively rare to find this used on metronomes in the 20th Century even though production for the firm was at it's peak. This particular metronome is numbered '291,646' dating the production to around the very end of the Victorian era.
 We have sanded this one back and applied a very high quality oil / varnish that is hard wearing and shows only minimal handling wear from finger-prints etc, it is also dirt and water resistant, the original finish was actually in good condition, but the top clear lacquered coat had suffered badly from scratches over the years, hence the rework, the wood itself however was virtually unmarked. We also polished the original winding key as it had oxidized and the front door emblem, the feet have had a repaint and the mechanism fully stripped, cleaned and reassembled.
 The operation of this metronome is excellent, providing a regular tempo at 60 beats per minute, a nice strong swing of the pendulum and a total runtime of around 45 minutes. The audible tone is decent, a little higher pitched than normal maybe but this is probably down to a thorough clean of the striking button by us and does tend to restore how the metronome would have originally sounded. The card tempo scale is very legible, no ill advised cleaning attempts here and unusually marked to the lower third with the Paquet emblem and the addition of 'France' which is something we have not come across before.
All in all this is a very desirable unit, stunning visually with all original parts to the piece, no damage or dings to the woodwork and a consistent and reliable mechanism / tempo. A very short description because hopefully the pictures speak for themselves and there is very little wrong with the metronome for us to list.

Beats per Min: 60    Operating Time:  45 Minutes

 Qualitie Excelsior Victorian Rosewood Metronome + Bell  ( SOLD - Order Number - M121 ) REWORKED

Needing quite a lot of work, this one visually turned out rather well. Missing the base slats and feet completely and externally in tired and worn condition, it has been rejuvenated by completely sanding it back and refinishing with an oil  /varnish topcoat. The quality Rosewood panels speak for themselves, with fabulous grain and lovely dark streaks which compliment the polished brass exterior fittings and golden tones very well. The base, feet and lower slats have been replaced, the mechanism has been disassembled and thoroughly cleaned and reassembled.
Dating to around 1890, it features an early quality mechanism with a bell assembly that operates on all four settings, not the best bell we have encountered, but working and with a pleasing tone, it can struggle on the extreme slow pendulum setting but this is down to the mainspring and 100+ years of wear I am afraid. There is also a little residual noise from the escapement when stood right next to the unit and watching the operation, this should ease and become less evident over time and use, it is part of the mechanism removal and replacement process and the striking pin having to re-bed itself after the service. A fine looking metronome providing 60 beats per minute, for a total runtime of 45+ minutes and with a fully working bell, it has a decent tempo, probably not up to practise standard but considering the age of this piece it should really only be considered as a decorative and collectable antique anyway. Qualite Excelsior only operated from 1871-1914 so produced relatively few metronomes in comparison to the other French rival firms such as Paquet and JTL, they did however supply a quality product, they are fitted with unique door emblem door badges that have a nice stippled background effect and usually bear the word 'selon' or giving credit to Maelzel, they also opted for a yellow tempo card scale, clearly marked on the bottom for the company and the wording 'Qaulitie Excelsior'.
 All fittings have been polished, there are a few minor exterior woodwork flaws or dents that were too deep to remove during refinishing but in our opinion do not detract and only add to the history and appeal of this metronome. There is no lower door and the slats are non-matching. If you are after a good looking unit and by a relatively scarce manufacturer, this one may fit the bill.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:   45+ Minutes

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

A very nice mid Victorian metronome dating to around 1870  and finished with Rosewood veneered exterior panelling. The first thing to notice about this particular unit is the front door badge / emblem. If you compare it to other London made metronomes on this website you will notice that there is no wording or dedication around the cartouche. We think this is because it was manufactured in the transition period between Cocks changing the door emblems from the pre 1868 dedication of the street address ' 6 New Burlington Street London' to the post 1868 dedication of 'Best English Make'. This also ties in with the stamped serial number to the mechanism which reads No 6728.
 The patina to the brass, once gilded exterior fittings is glorious, heavy and thick and only evident from years of handling and exposure to the elements, including a good 40+ years pre-electricity, lamp oils and smoke from coal fires included. We have also done a very light clean only on this piece, trying to preserve much of the unique antiqued appearance as possible, with only a very light wax over the top of many years of other similar coatings. It was very hard to show in the pictures how good this metronome sits and display's, with a deep semi gloss shine and unmistakable aged appearance.  At 150 years old, it does not come without a few flaws, firstly the rather obvious veneer chips the front lower edge caused by the door retaining pins and is a typical problem on all metronomes that feature a non-hinged door. We have applied fixes in the past in the form of a small strip of beading to cover this damage, but on a metronome of this age and quality it would always look out of place and cover what is in our opinion, part of the history of the item. There are also a couple of age related cracks to the veneer on the left and rear panels, stable and unavoidable unfortunately.
 The winding key is a period replacement from the same firm and the feet have been added by us and are exacting replacements for the originals. The mechanism needed some work and fine tuning but otherwise is in excellent condition. The action itself is loud and audible, has good balance and an even tempo. This metronome features typical Robert Cocks construction, complete with a hand impressed or punched Boxwood tempo scale, fully legible and again showing a lovely aged patina, it is flanked by Rosewood panels with the usual key storage hole to the right side panel. This early production metronome is a fantastic looking item, with a deep glass like chocolate finish to the woodwork not really evident from our pictures. It is complimented by the exquisitely dark original brass fittings and door emblem, which have obviously never been cleaned or polished since the day it left the factory. The total runtime is around 40-45 minutes.  A lovely and very early metronome from a very desirable manufacturer.
Note: Due to the numerous exterior wax coatings, it can show handling use in the form of finger-prints after some time, a simple and CAREFUL wipe with a soft cloth restores the appearance but care really needs to be taken around the edges of the veneer. 

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:  45 Minutes

 Paquet Mahogany Metronome  ( SOLD - Order Number - M123 ) REWORKED

With the serial number '723,727'  this metronome from the French firm of Paquet dates to around 1920. We have redone the exterior woodwork, sanded and applied numerous coats of clear oil / varnish topcoat. The mechanism has been replaced with a Paquet alternative dating to around the same timeframe, however this replacement mechanism would once also have also had a bell, which has been removed. This in no way affect's the performance or how the metronome operates, in fact it performs admirably and better in many ways as it does not have to also power the original bell assembly. In very clean condition externally, it has a deep red hue due to the quality mahogany panels, there is good grain evident and no dents or dings of any sort. The unit comes with a full brass door hinge, no problems with door retaining pins and chips on this metronome and although the hinge retaining screws are a little unsightly, as is the  worn card tempo scale, it is just about readable with the door closing as it should.
 The stand out feature of this metronome is the performance and regularity of the tempo and pendulum swing. Coming up to 100 years old, it operates very well, supplying an accurate 60 beats per minute for a total runtime of around 45 minutes. The visual swing of the pendulum arm is strong, which suggests minimal use and a very clean and reliable escapement. We have added an upper pendulum weight replacement ( hand filed to match the lower ) and a replacement winding key, the underside feet have had a repaint and slats re-glued to ensure stability. While this metronome has had extensive alterations and replacement parts, it is a solid performer, looks great externally and as a display unit,  and equally could be used without a problem in a semi-professional work or practise environment. The good performance of this particular unit may in part be due to the fact that mechanism once held a bell assembly, we have a suspicion that Paquet may well have used mainsprings with a different tension or stronger springs in order to power both the pendulum and bell assemblies, once this extra pressure is taken off the mainspring with the removal of the bell, the benefits can be seen with the increased performance of the mechanism. A nice looking metronome but a little tired visually on the underside and internally.

Beats per Min: 60     Operating Time:   45 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.
 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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