Balance cock

Balance cock

New postby podge » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:53 pm

Balance cock (modern)
(In French: coq moderne)

A bridge with a lug anchored to a stud. An index (or regulator) passes over a scale indicating Fast Slow in English, Avance Retard in French.

Balance cock (traditional)
(In French: coq ancien)

Originally, that is in the sixteenth century, balance cocks had a simple, elongated form and were secured in their centre by a key. In the eighteenth century they were decorated with elaborate chasing and engraved with animals, flowers, leaves, human heads, etc.

The majority of these balance cocks could be distinguished by their form:

English, which were round with a large fastening foot.
French or Continental, which were round or oval with lateral lugs for the fixing screws.
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