Here’s a Gilbert black mantel clock I repaired. The case is enamel painted wood with an arch on each side of the front. The paper dial is celluloid-covered for protection (and perhaps to make it look more expensive). The case is 16 5/8 inches wide, 10 7/8 inches tall, the dial’s minute track is 4 7/8 inch in diameter, and the minute hand is 2 1/2 inches long.
The movement has the date code “15” (meaning 1915) stamped in the front. The movement plates are steel with brass bushings. Several companies made movements with steel plates (instead of the usual brass) around this time. Was this to save money? Or to save brass for the war?
Repair job 7476. I polished the pivots and installed 15 bushings, and secured the cannon pinion because it had a split in it.
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