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Seth Thomas Cottage Clock with 8-Day Lyre Movement

June 30, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas Cottage Clock with 8-Day Lyre Movement

This Seth Thomas Cottage clock has an 8-day time and strike lyre-shaped movement and was made around 1865 (movement marked Plymouth, case label marked Thomaston). The case is 14 7/16 inches tall. In the past, someone coated the time second wheel with solder (visible on the right in the photos below). I have no idea […]

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Last updated June 28, 2010

Schatz Miniature 400 Day Clock, March 1956

June 29, 2010 | By | Reply More
Schatz Miniature 400 Day Clock, March 1956

A couple brought in this clock that they received it as a wedding gift over 50 years ago. They told me that the clock was put away in its box and was forgotten until recently. I disassembled and cleaned the movement. The only problem found was that the pendulum hook had come unscrewed. This clock […]

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Last updated June 27, 2010

Schatz “London Coach” 400 Day Clock, April 1960

June 28, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Schatz “London Coach” 400 Day Clock, April 1960

This beautiful little clock was given to my customer’s mother in 1960, but it never worked for more than 5 minutes. It spent its life sitting idly on a shelf, and was given to my customer recently. I disassembled the movement and cleaned it. A couple of the pivot holes were slightly too tight, and […]

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Last updated June 27, 2010

Mainsprings for Seth Thomas 89C Clock Movement (6-18-10)

June 21, 2010 | By | Reply More
Mainsprings for Seth Thomas 89C Clock Movement (6-18-10)

When this movement came in for repair it had extremely strong replacement mainsprings from Germany (the ones that uncoil to over 20″ diameter when released). I don’t like such strong springs in American clock movements, especially the Seth Thomas 89 movements, which are efficient). After routine repair (pivot polishing, bushing) and not so routine repair […]

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Last updated June 20, 2010

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

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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 | 5 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