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Securing French Clock Movements in the Case

January 18, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Securing French Clock Movements in the Case

Many antique French clock movements are secured in the case by tension: Two screws from the back cover pull on two straps attached to the dial plate. Friction is relied upon to keep the movement secure in the case. Sometimes the movement may rotate in the case even with the screws securely tightened. This can […]

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Last updated January 18, 2010

Seth Thomas 8-Day OG Shelf Clock

December 27, 2009 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas 8-Day OG Shelf Clock

I recently repaired the movement of this Seth Thomas 8-day OG shelf clock. Before repair, the clock would run for several minutes and then stop. While running, it would go in and out of beat (the ticking would sometimes be even and sometimes uneven). The movement was taken apart and cleaned. The major problem was […]

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Last updated December 27, 2009

Seth Thomas Adamantine Clock Movement with Thin Time Mainspring

December 20, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More
Seth Thomas Adamantine Clock Movement with Thin Time Mainspring

I recently repaired a Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock made around 1905. It has a No. 89 movement. This movement is very efficient in operation, due to the use of a deadbeat escapement. Even with a thin time mainspring, these movements typically take an excellent escapement motion. This particular example has thin, original mainsprings. Time […]

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Last updated June 5, 2010

Picture of Urgos Grandfather Clock Movement Parts

November 25, 2009 | By | 24 Replies More
Picture of Urgos Grandfather Clock Movement Parts

I thought it would be fun to show all the parts of this movement. In the first photo it has been disassembled and is ready for cleaning. You can tell it needs cleaning by the black deposits on the pivots (the ends of the gear shafts that turn in the holes in the brass movement […]

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Last updated December 19, 2009

Junghans W202 Clock Movement

November 24, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Junghans W202 Clock Movement

I repaired this Junghans W202 clock movement. It has the numbers 33 3 on the back which may be a date code of March, 1933; does anyone know if this is correct? The biggest weakness of this movement is that the mainsprings are attached to their barrels by tongues cut out of the barrel wall […]

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Last updated November 26, 2009

1949 – 1950 Schatz 400 Day Clock With No Name On Dial

November 17, 2009 | By | 54 Replies More
1949 – 1950 Schatz 400 Day Clock With No Name On Dial

400 day or “Anniversary” clocks were introduced in the 1880s in Germany. Their popularity had its ups and downs, reaching a peak in the 1950s, when many U.S. servicemen sent clocks home as gifts. For years, most 400 day clocks did not have the maker’s name or country on the dial. Later (1920s?), “Made in […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Seth Thomas Mahogany Adamantine Mantel Clock

November 16, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Mahogany Adamantine Mantel Clock

“Adamantine” was Seth Thomas’ trademarked name for a celluloid finish over wood. Besides the mahogany color shown here, it was made in black, white, green, brown, tan and other colors. These cases are durable, and can usually be polished to look very nice. Sometimes the colors fade with age. Adamantine clocks were made from about […]

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Last updated June 5, 2010

Schatz Diamond Dial 400 Day Clock, Made in May 1960

November 13, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Schatz Diamond Dial 400 Day Clock, Made in May 1960

I just restored this Schatz standard size 400 day clock with diamond-shaped dial. The movement is dated 5 60 (May 1960) on the back. I think this is one of the most beautiful of 400 day clock designs. Made in the Black Forest of Germany. The customer told me she had just taken it to […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Koma Miniature 400 Day Clock

November 9, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More
Koma Miniature 400 Day Clock

I just repaired this Koma (Konrad Mauch) miniature 400 day clock from the mid-1950s. The case is 8 1/2 inches tall (not including handle), and is 10 1/4 inches tall including handle. The dial’s diameter is 4 3/8 inches overall. The case has glass in the front and sides, and a hinged brass back door. […]

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Last updated November 17, 2009

1950s Quail & Cuckoo Clock, Welby, Germany

November 3, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More
1950s Quail & Cuckoo Clock, Welby, Germany

A customer recently brought in this 1950s quail and cuckoo clock for repair. The case was dusty from years of storage. I cleaned it with Natchez Solution and it came out looking great. This clock has the solid brown finish that was used on many cuckoo clocks from the 1950s and 60s. The case is […]

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Last updated November 19, 2009

Mainsprings for a Gilbert 1880s Parlor Clock

November 1, 2009 | By | Reply More
Mainsprings for a Gilbert 1880s Parlor Clock

I repaired this Gilbert “Parole” shelf or parlor clock that was made about 1880. The walnut case is 19 1/4 inches tall. I polished the pivots and installed bushings (a previous repairer had punched the pivot holes to try to close them). The clock had its original mainsprings, both of which were marked “W. Barnes […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Seth Thomas Manual Start Electric Clock, ca. 1930

November 1, 2009 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Manual Start Electric Clock, ca. 1930

This nice little wooden case clock is 9-1/2 inches tall and 7-1/2 inches wide with a 3-15/16 inch time track on the dial. It was made about 1930, and has a manual-starting electric motor. The starting lever is on the back of the movement (inside the back door) and is depressed and released to start […]

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Last updated November 17, 2009

Original Mainsprings in a New Haven Long Drop Octagon Clock

October 22, 2009 | By | Reply More
Original Mainsprings in a New Haven Long Drop Octagon Clock

I repaired this New Haven long drop octagon clock. Some of the pinions had worn wires, so I replaced the wires in one pinion and reversed the wires in three. I polished the pivots and installed 13 bushings. The mainsprings appear to be original (they match in color and style and look old). Time mainspring: […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Mainsprings for Sessions Black Mantel Clock

October 22, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Mainsprings for Sessions Black Mantel Clock

I recently overhauled this Sessions black mantel clock from around 1903 – 1910. It was a routine overhaul including polishing the pivots and installing bushings. A previous repairer had installed two screw-in bushings (a no-no!). I replaced these with KWM size 4 American bushings. The mainwheels were made with Gilbert-style clicks, which are more robust […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011