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Description

Now, here's a listing for a couple of items about which I can't really tell you a great deal: namely, a pair of pigeon racing clocks, and the reason being that I know less about pigeon racing than pigeons know about medieval Breton poetry (which, to be fair to pigeons, is more than I know about medieval Breton poetry).

I'm going to assume that if you're looking at the listing and have read the description this far, it's likely that you have an interest in pigeon racing and therefore know a great deal more about it than me, so I'll just tell you what they are and you can decide whether or not you want them.

The first, in a rather nice dove-tailed wooden box, is a Coulet Excelsior - or possibly a Toulet Excelsior according to Google as there seems to be some confusion caused by the manufacturer's logo, though I'm pretty sure it's Coulet. There is nothing on the case or the clock inside it to tell us when it was made, but what little information there is online suggests sometime around 1910. I think it works as it ticks for a moment or two when the central spindle (which I gather would have held a roll of paper so that start/finish times could be printed out for the judges and pigeon owners, but there's a piece of important-looking brass loose inside the removable glass cover. As with all pigeon clocks it's been designed to be tamper-proof; the key has been lost but someone managed to pry it open causing the damage seen in the 9th photo - which allows it to be opened with a thin knife.

The second is rather more modern, dating to about the 1950s: it's a Skymaster Ghost which, I gather, was developed after the pigeon racing world was rocked by a series of cheating scandals in which the very worst sort of scoundrels swung clocks back and forth to either slow or increase the speed. Skymaster responded by building into their clocks a device called a dolometer, which could record how much a clock had been shaken and thus warn inspectors if it had experienced more movement than would be expected in normal use. The dolometer can be viewed through the round portal seen in the 22nd photo, and we're very pleased to say that this one is currently reading less than 1, far short of the 3 which would have got the user disqualified. Whilst far less attractive than the Coulet, the Skymaster is apparently working - it's been ticking away quite happily for a couple of hours and, all being well, will continue to do so for eight days, measuring the elapsed time as it does so and displaying it in days, hours, minutes and seconds on the dial at the bottom.

Due to the nature of this item it is not always possible for us to identify any missing parts.
For this reason we ask that you please check the pictures carefully, as these show everything that is included.

This item has been very kindly donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

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About Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Contracted services from the NHS are budgeted at £6.98 million, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. The Charity is extremely grateful to the local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting towards meeting this target.