Ansonia “Arabia” 8-Day Walnut Kitchen Clock

Here’s an Ansonia “Arabia” 8-day walnut kitchen or parlor clock I repaired for a customer. This clock was made around 1890 to 1900. The movement was discolored and rusty, and that may have been caused by someone cleaning it in water-based cleaning solution without disassembly and not rinsing and drying it well. I cleaned some of the steel parts and replaced the mainsprings and pinion wires, and scrubbed and scrubbed the brass during the cleaning process. The second and third pictures below show the movement before and after. It now runs like new (or better).

The paper dial appears to be original and is in nice condition! The case has been refinished.

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Repair job 8876. I replaced both mainsprings because they were rusty. Their dimensions were:

Time: 3/4 by 0.0172 inches; Strike: 3/4 by 0.0175 inches

The new mainsprings are:

Time: 3/4 by 0.014 by 108″, polished steel type, MS-301 (from Merritt’s);

Strike: 3/4 by 0.014 by 108″, blue steel with copper rivet, MS-301 (from Ronell clock).

I installed new steel wires in all 8 lantern pinions, wire brushed rusty steel parts, let the brass parts clean for 2 hours in the cleaning machine and brushed them with a brass bristle brush again and again. The movement plates now look very good, some of the brass gears still don’t look the best, but I didn’t want to weaken them by aggressive power brushing. I polished the pallets, replaced the hammer return spring and count lever return spring, and tightened the click rivets.

The original alarm unit was missing and the customer wanted the alarm to work, so I found an old alarm mechanism in my parts, and cleaned and installed it.


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