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Another 1950’s Regula 8 Day Cuckoo Clock Movement

January 16, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Another 1950’s Regula 8 Day Cuckoo Clock Movement

I just overhauled another 8 day cuckoo clock from the 1950’s with a Regula movement. This one is interesting in that the back of the movement is labeled “Hubert Herr, Triberg” beneath the Regula logo. Later, Hebert Herr manufactured his own movements in competition with Regula. This movement differs from the previous one in having […]

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Last updated November 26, 2009

1950’s Regula Cuckoo Clock Movement

January 10, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More
1950’s Regula Cuckoo Clock Movement

I just overhauled a 1950’s cuckoo clock with a Regula 8 day movement.This older movement is different from the modern one, so I am illustrating it here. This movement needed to have the pivots polished and bushings installed. The pivots were not too badly worn, but some appeared to not have been well polished when […]

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Last updated November 26, 2009

The Upper Suspension Block Must Fit the Saddle Correctly

June 21, 2008 | By | Reply More
The Upper Suspension Block Must Fit the Saddle Correctly

A recent repair job on a Kundo oval base 400 day clock reminded me that the upper suspension block must fit properly in the saddle. I cleaned the movement and replaced the suspension spring. It did not need any pivot polishing. After assembly, the clock ran, but the pendulum made a small rotation even when […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

A Tale of Three Movements and a Clock (Ansonia Long Drop Regulator A)

May 28, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
A Tale of Three Movements and a Clock (Ansonia Long Drop Regulator A)

About 1880, a fine Ansonia Regulator A, time only with calendar, was purchased for an office. The clock was enjoyed by many descendants of the original owner. It was well maintained, and always gave good service. In the late 1990’s, the clock was taken to a repair shop, and the repairman said he could not […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Golden Hour Clock Repair Notes

March 31, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Golden Hour Clock Repair Notes

1) Early Golden Hour clocks (made around 1953 and 1954) don’t use nylon pads to support the rotating gear ring. Instead, they have three slightly raised metal areas. When these wear down, the friction increases and can cause the clock to be unreliable. On 3-31-08 I repaired one by applying several pieces of black plastic […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with 89E Movement

March 27, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with 89E Movement

I overhauled the movement of this clock recently. One of the teeth on the escape wheel was too short, so I inserted a new tooth. Both mainsprings are original Seth Thomas mainsprings that measure 0.0165 inch thick. The strike speed is adequate, but I wouldn’t want the mainspring to be much weaker. The pendulum takes […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Merritt’s Antiques P-1956 Mainsprings

March 3, 2008 | By | 11 Replies More
Merritt’s Antiques P-1956 Mainsprings

Note May 14, 2010: The newest batch of these spring that I received are too weak for most clocks. When released from their clamps, the springs open out only to about 5 inches (as compared to over 11 inches on the original batch). I cannot recommend these springs any more. I just tried one on […]

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Last updated May 16, 2010

My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

February 23, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

Lately several people told me me that their 400 day anniversary clock was “wound too tight”, and that they tried to fix it by unwinding the spring! Trying to unwind the spring is DANGEROUS (unless you are experienced at clock repair and have the proper let-down key). If you try to unwind the spring, YOU […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

I’m a Canon Camera Fan

January 19, 2008 | By | Reply More
I’m a Canon Camera Fan

I’ve been fascinated by cameras and photography since I was a boy. My father was an avid photographer, did wedding photography, had a darkroom for developing and printing pictures, and made our photo Christmas cards himself for the first few years. Some of the cameras I’ve used over the years are: Brownie Hawkeye – my […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Antique Cuckoo clock

January 1, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Antique Cuckoo clock

I recently overhauled this cuckoo clock. The movement was very dirty and someone had damaged the fan fly and enlarged its pivot holes to about 1/8 inch! The slideshow below shows the repair process. I had to plug the enlarged pivot hole, use the depthing tool to establish the correct center distance, and  drill a […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

30 Hour Spring Driven American Shelf Clocks

December 14, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
30 Hour Spring Driven American Shelf Clocks

Many 30 hour spring driven American antique shelf clock are operating with mainsprings that are WAY too strong! The original springs are often stronger than necessary, but clock repairers have replaced then with springs that are even stronger! A nice little (17-3/8 inches tall) Seth Thomas I have now (in for adjustment and to have […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Digitized Classic Clock and Watch Books on Google

December 12, 2007 | By | Reply More
Digitized Classic Clock and Watch Books on Google

Thanks to Bryan Smith on the Clocksmiths group for sharing the following links to classic out of print clock and watch books that Google has digitized. They may be viewed for free! On the Construction and Theory of Dead Escapement Clocks, B. L. Vuliamy, New and Complete Clock and Watchmakers’ Manaul, Mary L. Booth, 1863 […]

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Last updated December 12, 2007

An Ugly Repair Job Corrected

November 24, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
An Ugly Repair Job Corrected

This is a good looking Seth Thomas oak kitchen clock. Date stamp on the back reads 7981 which translates to the year 1897. Movement Before Repair Front of movement showing two crudely soldered on “Rathbun” bushings (on pivots T3F and T5F). This type of work is done by someone who does not like to take […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Gilbert “Lion” Oak Kitchen Clock

November 24, 2007 | By | Reply More
Gilbert “Lion” Oak Kitchen Clock

This great looking clock has the original time and strike mainsprings, and only a small amount of mainwheel tooth wear (about 5%). T: 3/4 wide x .0172 inch thick S: 3/4 wide x .0172 inch thick Label on back of case The 8 day time and strike movement Back of movement My job no. 4501 […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009