Flying pendulum clock

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Picture of the mechanism

A flying pendulum clock is a clock that uses a flying pendulum escapement mechanism. A small metal ball, connected by string wraps around one brass post, then unwinds before repeating on the other brass post.

The flying pendulum clock was invented and patented in 1883 by Adler Christian Clausen and J. C. Slafter in Minneapolis.[1][2] The clock was later called the Ignatz Flying pendulum clock after a character in the Krazy Kat comic.[1] It has been called "the craziest clock in the world" due to the motion of the escapement.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "HOROLOVAR IGNATZ FLYING PENDULUM CLOCK". "Clocks Are Us". Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ Adler Christian Clausen, J. C. Slafter (October 9, 1883). "US Patent 286531". United States Patent Office. Retrieved 14 April 2010.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)

This clock was first designed by Leonardo di Vinci

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