A Large French Slate Mantel Clock

I repaired this large, heavy French mantel clock in a slate and marble case. It has a visible escapement and an enamel dial. I didn’t weigh the clock, but I think it is around 20 pounds! It’s an 8-day clock that strikes the hours on a bell.

The movement has round plates and a Brocot-type regulator. These French clock movements are delicate and beautifully made. They have small pivots and pinions and need very little power to run.

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Repair job 6836. I polished the pivots, installed a new suspension spring, repaired the regulator, repaired the outer end of the strike mainspring, and installed 6 bushings.

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  1. Sounds like a lot of work, but they are beautiful clocks worth restoring. Timekeepers charged me $475 for a simple cleaning and adjusting on mine. I saw one on the floor at Tic Tick Doc, he wants $1200 for it! She’s a beauty!

  2. Great work. It looks great. Surprised it needed six bushes, we’re they on strike or going side? I like your text stand, how does it keep the movement in place? And finally, we’re you using an ultrasonic cleaner? Do you mind me asking what ingredients you use in your cleaning solution? Regards, Geoff

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