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Setting Suspension Fork Height on Schatz and Kundo Standard 400 Day Clocks

October 7, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Setting Suspension Fork Height on Schatz and Kundo Standard 400 Day Clocks

After repairing numerous Schatz and Kundo standard size 400 day clocks recently, I have noticed that sometimes the optimum suspension fork location is different than that shown in the “Horolovar 400 Day Clock Repair Guide”. Specifically, for Kundo units such as 1 and 3C, I often find that the fork should be slightly higher. For […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Ansonia Queen Elizabeth Wall Clock

September 28, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
Ansonia Queen Elizabeth Wall Clock

I overhauled an Ansonia “Queen Elizabeth” wall clock, oak case, 37 inches tall, 8 day time only spring driven (my job no. 4446). The (probably) original mainspring is 0.0165 inches thick. After the overhaul, the running arc is about 1.4 times the escape arc. It is interesting that the movement is mounted tilted in the […]

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Last updated March 30, 2011

Russell & Jones Hanging Oak Parlor Clock

September 27, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Russell & Jones Hanging Oak Parlor Clock

I just overhauled a lovely Russell & Jones hanging oak parlor clock. Height: 28 inches. It has a beautiful glass tablet with an image of a lighthouse. (My repair job no. 4341.) The movement is 8 day time and strike, with plate size approx. 5-3/8 x 3-3/8 The original strike mainspring was 0.016 inch thick, […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

A Walk Around the Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

September 23, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
A Walk Around the Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

On Sunday, August 26, my wife Kimberly and I stopped at the old Westclox factory at Peru, Illinois on our way back from my nephew’s wedding in Wisconsin. The old factory is a huge place, 665,000 square feet on 16 acres of land. Across the street is the 57,000 square foot administration or office building. […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Mainspring 3/4 by 0.0145 by 120 Inch

September 23, 2007 | By | Reply More
Mainspring 3/4 by 0.0145 by 120 Inch

Empire Clock Company offers a mainspring specified as 3/4 inch wide, 0.0145 inch thick and 120 inches long. It is part number 280-19-009 and is listed in their parts catalog. Their web site gives directions for ordering their clock parts catalog. This is a good mainspring for many Ansonia clocks. Share this post:

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Dial: Replace or Leave Original?

September 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
Dial: Replace or Leave Original?

This paper dial is about 90% excellent, with some wear by the numbers 10 and 11. I prefer to leave a dial this good alone. Some restorers would replace it, or a good touch up artist could make it look better in the worn area while leaving the rest alone. Dial of Ansonia oak kitchen […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Schatz 400 Day Clock with Black Trim

September 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
Schatz 400 Day Clock with Black Trim

I recently repaired this Schatz standard 400 day clock and am illustrating it because of the black trim and the design on the dial. The movement is dated 3 53 (March 1953). (My job No. 4428.) Share this post:

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Schatz 400 Day Clock Repaired for the Schatz Family

September 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
Schatz 400 Day Clock Repaired for the Schatz Family

A family named Schatz sent me this Schatz standard 400 day clock for repair. A friend of theirs bought the clock at an auction for them because they wanted a clock bearing the family name. I overhauled the movement, replaced the suspension spring, and polished and lacquered the base. The clock is dated 12 58 […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

77.303 Mainspring from R & M Imports

September 15, 2007 | By | Reply More
77.303 Mainspring from R & M Imports

In previous posts, I mentioned the R & M No. 77.303 mainspring as being about .014 inch thick. These thin springs can be identified by having the number 37 on the loop end (which means 0.37 millimeters which equals 0.0146 inch). I received a new batch of these today, and the number on the loop […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Seth Thomas Giant No. 1

September 10, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas Giant No. 1

I just overhauled a Seth Thomas “Giant No. 1”, having an oak case 25-1/4 inches tall (job no. 4433). The movement is marked “8 1/4” but it is the same movement later called No. 89. It has between-the-plates escapement, and the plates measure 5-5/8 inches tall and 3-5/8 inches wide. According to a repair label, […]

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Last updated October 11, 2012

Mainsprings for Seth Thomas No. 89 Movements

September 10, 2007 | By | Reply More
Mainsprings for Seth Thomas No. 89 Movements

So far, the .0155 inch to .0158 inch thick mainspring has been perfect for the time train. For the strike train, it is satisfactory, but the striking speed may be too slow to suit some people. On a ST “Giant No. 1” oak shelf clock I am currently repairing, I am going to try an […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

New Haven Oak Kitchen Clock

September 9, 2007 | By | Reply More
New Haven Oak Kitchen Clock

I just finished a New Haven oak kitchen clock (my job no. 4333). The movement has 4 pillars and the dimensions are 4-9/16 x 3-1/4. The time mainspring is held by a separate short pillar attached to back plate. This movement has thin springs for time and strike. The two springs are both old but […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

A Cheap (But Costly) Repair Job

September 3, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
A Cheap (But Costly) Repair Job

A customer brought me a beautiful E. N. Welch walnut kitchen clock he had just purchased at an auction. It had a fantastic original painted dial, a great looking nickel plated bezel, and a pretty case that just needed cleaning. I examined the movement and said that it needed to be overhauled because one of […]

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Last updated September 10, 2007

Ansonia Iron Mantel Clock

August 31, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Ansonia Iron Mantel Clock

I just completed the overhaul of an Ansonia iron cased mantel clock (my job no. 4422). It has the common 4 pillar 8 day time and strike movement of dimensions 5 x 3-1/4 inches. In this clock, a previous repairer had replaced the srike mainspring with one that is 3/4 inches wide and .018 inches […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009