Smith’s of England made this small mantel clock. The dial says Smith’s Enfield. The clock is 7 9/16 inches tall and 8 7/16 inches wide. It strikes the hours and half-hours on a coil gong. The aluminum dial has embossed numerals and a 4 1/8 inch minute track.
A previous repair shop used screw-in bushings (a no-no) and this was the major problem with the clock. A clock movement must be taken apart for proper repair. The screw-in bushing system allows bushings to be installed without assembly. Unfortunately, the screw-in system has problems:
- The bushing is longer than the pivot (see the photo on the left). The pivot must protrude from the bushing;
- The process scratches the pivot;
- A burr of brass is produced which can stop the clock (see right photo).
The screw-in bushing shown above was on the rear time second gear pivot. Another screw-in bushing was on the rear 4th gear pivot.
I disassembled the movement and removed the screw-in bushings. I polished the pivots and installed 8 American-system KWM size bushings. Now the clock runs well!
Repair job 6228.
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