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Measurement of Mainsprings for 8-Day American Antique Clocks, June 2010

June 12, 2010 | By More
Measurement of Mainsprings for 8-Day American Antique Clocks, June 2010

Over the past three years, I’ve posted about mainsprings for antique American clocks. I started with a post on June 12, 2007 about a mainspring from Merritt’s Antiques. Most clock parts distributors offer a “standard” American loop end 8-day mainspring 3/4 inch wide by 0.018 inch thick and 96 inches long. These springs are too […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Gilbert Tambour Mantel Clock with Bim-Bam Striking

June 9, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
Gilbert Tambour Mantel Clock with Bim-Bam Striking

I just repaired this Gilbert tambour mantel clock that was made around the 1930s. It has bim-bam strike on the hour and half-hour. Height 9 1/2 inches, width 21 5/8 inches. Dial time track 5 3/8 inches. The aluminum dial is labeled: Gilbert / 1807 / Made by Gilbert in Winsted, Conn., U.S.A. The following […]

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Last updated August 23, 2011

Ansonia “Queen Elizabeth” Wall Clock in Oak Case

June 7, 2010 | By | Reply More
Ansonia “Queen Elizabeth” Wall Clock in Oak Case

This beautiful wall clock called the “Queen Elizabeth” was made by the Ansonia Clock Company. It was introduced around the early 1880s and made until at least 1901. This model was available in black walnut, mahogany or oak; and had an 8-day time only or time and strike movement. The clock pictured here has an […]

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Last updated June 1, 2010

Waterbury 8 Day Walnut Shelf Clock, 1880s

June 4, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Waterbury 8 Day Walnut Shelf Clock, 1880s

I recently overhauled this Waterbury walnut cased shelf clock made around the 1880s or 1890s.This clock has a nice original painted dial. The hour hand is the original solid spade hand. The minute hand has been replaced. This clock movement is known for running on thinner than average mainsprings. Even with the weaker springs, there […]

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Last updated June 5, 2010

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Missing Pendulum Weights!

June 2, 2010 | By | Reply More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Missing Pendulum Weights!

This was a routine repair job, until I tested the accuracy of the clock. It ran way too fast (with the correct suspension spring, properly adjusted). I was puzzled, then had the haunch that something was wrong with the pendulum. I removed the 4 brass ball covers, and found that only 2 of them had […]

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Last updated June 1, 2010

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock, ca. 1950 with Badly Broken Mainspring!

May 31, 2010 | By | Reply More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock, ca. 1950 with Badly Broken Mainspring!

This Schatz 400 day clock came into my shop for repair. The customer told me that it had a broken mainspring. On disassembly, I found that the mainspring was broken in more than 15 pieces! (Normally, a mainspring has just one break). See photos below: What caused the spring to break into multiple pieces? The […]

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Last updated May 29, 2010

Chauncey Jerome “Union” One-Day Shelf Clock, 1850s

May 25, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Chauncey Jerome “Union” One-Day Shelf Clock, 1850s

This small shelf clock called the “Union” was made by Chauncey Jerome in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1850s. It is illustrated in Jerome’s 1852 and 1853 clock catalogs. The one-day time and strike spring-driven movement is stamped “C. Jerome / New Haven Conn / USA”. The label on the rear of the case says […]

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Last updated May 28, 2010

Seth Thomas “Adamantine” Mantel Clock with “Ding Dong” Strike

May 17, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
Seth Thomas “Adamantine” Mantel Clock with “Ding Dong” Strike

Here is a Seth Thomas “Adamantine” clock with black and green marbleized finish (Adamantine is Seth Thomas’ patented celluloid finish that was made in many colors to imitate wood and marble). It strikes the hours on two brass bells, and strikes the half hour on the higher pitched bell. The clock was sold on March […]

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Last updated May 29, 2010

Schatz “London Coach” 400 day clock made in September 1955

May 15, 2010 | By | 7 Replies More
Schatz “London Coach” 400 day clock made in September 1955

This is a Schatz “London Coach” 400 day clock that was made in September 1955. These beautiful clocks were very popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, in fact my parents and grandparents each had one that my uncle sent back from Germany. Most of them (including this one) have plastic panels in the case. […]

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Last updated January 5, 2014

Schatz standard 400 day clock, diamond dial, made in 1953

May 14, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
Schatz standard 400 day clock, diamond dial, made in 1953

This Schatz standard 400 day clock with diamond-shaped dial was made in January 1953 (date code 1 53 on the back of the movement). The numerals on the dial are printed, not engraved as on the round silver dials. This example retains the original lacquer on the bezel (brass dial surround) and the brass has […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011