Sinclair Harding carrying on Habgoods tradition for fusee chains handmade in England.

    Fusee Chain Making

    The art of making Fusee chains probably dates back to 1660 in London and is generally credited to Gruet of Geneva for their use in Clocks and watches. Tools for the manufacture of chains were very simple, consisting of Punches and dies, Hammers and anvils, a time consuming process requiring good hand eye coordination in candlelit conditions.

    In the 1980’s, Jim Habgood, Chief Horological engineer for Smiths Clock and Watch resurrected the art of making chains based on the techniques of the workers from that bygone age. It was handed on to Mavis and David Hutchins in the late 1990’s who worked from their home in Devon keeping the skills and tradition alive. In December of 2013 they finally decided to retire passing on their well-honed skills to Sinclair Harding. After months of tapping and punching with quite a few false starts the process remains as time consuming and labour intensive as ever but the efforts have resulted in chains that maintain the highest quality standards set by Sinclair Harding.

    The chain making process

      Fusee Chain Assembly

      Start of a fusee chain

      Fusee Chain Assembly

      Start of a fusee chain

      Fusee Chain Assembly

      Second stage assembly

      Fusee Chain Assembly

      Assembly

      Each pin is individually riveted in the fusee chain

      Pins individually riveted

      Fusee Chain Assembly

      Assembly

      Draw filing the fusee chain

      Draw Filing

      Papering the fusee chain

      Papering

      Fusee Chain Manufacture

      The first chain!

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      Pre-war Petermann making Pins for our Fusee Chains



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