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The camera may never lie; a doubtful assertion. When was the photo taken, and when, if ever, does the mechanism work?

By Geoff (13/08/2007)

Hi Geoff,
The pics were taken on the 11th July this year, however I have been back and taken better shots which the Editors are in the process of publishing at the moment. The ball takes roughly 60 secs to rise and the same to return back. I know for a fact that the mechanism works at twelve o'clock and two o'clock.

By Tony Mould (18/08/2007)

My grandfather, born in 1895, told me that he had been told that the ball rose slowly over each hour, indicating from a great distance the quarter, half and three-quarters divisions of the hour, only to descend rapidly shortly after the hour. True or false?

By Vernon Page (23/09/2007)

This truly is captivating!

I never truly believed the mechanism (old or reconditioned) was still working! It would be great if someone could identify at exactly what times the ball rises and falls daily (if it rises and falls daily at the same time), as currently it all claims seems to be based on conjecture. Magnus Volk would be so pleased that even after all this time his design is being spoken about and investigated with such passion!

By Ginera Avidd (04/11/2008)

Sorry, it's only taken me two years and ten months to reply to Vernon, but I believe the ball did rise slowly to indicate the quarter hours and drop rapidly on the hour. Or so I've been told, I wasn't actually around when it originally worked.

By Terry Coombs (16/07/2010)

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