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This is an extremely rare large Hopkins Patent Billiards Indicator Morristown Patent 6781 (registered in 1906) Thomas Hopkins was based in Morristown, Uplands in Swansea. The clock mechanism is a 9 1/4 made by New Haven USA. The painted dial has lost some of its paintwork, the mechanism requires overhauling and repair and the wooden box is in used condition - see images. Wooden box measures 47cm, 58cm by 15cm.
The registered patent reads (refer to patent drawing Fig 1): A New or Improved Timing and Recording Clock for use with Billiards or for other purposes. 6781. Hopkins, T. March 21. Time checks for games.-Relates to a clock for timing and recording games of billiards, or for any purpose where a signal is required to be given at the end of a definite time. As used for timing billiards, a clock mechanism E, Fig. 3, is arranged behind a panel D, Fig. 1, which is locked by the proprietor in a case A provided with a lid B accessible to the attendant only, who starts the clock at the commencement of a game by moving a handle K, which releases the pendulum from a catch L. On the dial are arranged two or more hooks M, N, which can be turned so as to engage the minutehand of the clock, and thus to stop it after it has been going for half an hour or for an hour. When the band is stopped, an electric circuit is completed to a bell, which rings until the switch M or N is moved. The dial is preferably of metal, and contacts with a spring plate Q in the circuit. The minute-hand is also in the circuit, and is insulated. The total time the clock has been used is registered by a disk H on the hour spindle of the clock, the disk being marked with numbers which are visible through a slot in the dial. The disk H may be geared with a train of wheels, so as to register the total time the apparatus has been in use. To prevent the hand F from being put back, the hand and the gear-wheel which drives it are both fixed to the spindle ; or, the hand is connected to the spindle by a non-return ratchet and pawl. The -hooks M, N may be mounted on the ends of a diametrical arm which can be set in any position. The hooks M, N can be set at intervals of twenty minutes, in which case the disk H is marked with numbers up to thirty-six, instead of up to twenty-four as usual: The apparatus may be made to ring a bell in another part of the building. The electric connexions may be dispensed with, and the arrival of the hand at a certain position be announced by a clock striking-mechanism provided with a snail cam. Bibliographic data: GB190606781 (A) ― 1906-07-26
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