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  1. Hi Mr Stoddard.

    Re: 400 day set-up

    I caught sight of your excellent YouTube showing that an upward adjustment of the fork of a mere 1/32″ can make a difference. That’s a very small measure but I would say that even an adjustment of 1/64″ will stop these clocks. I have gone as high as I can. All cleaned and polished pivots. Oil is only in the spring barrel and a tiny tad on an EW tooth to polish it.

    I am a clock collector who does a lot of my own maintenance. I get by on almost everything except the Miniature/Midget 400 day variety. In particular the K&S Midget. I have 3 here with different labels but identical movements. Only one is virtually flutter free. The other two will run precisely for days and then, often overnight, will flutter several minutes (8 to 10) forward. I have tried everything to stop it. The rotation on all 3 is a tad over 180 degrees. The overswing is 3/8″ The beat is even. The escape actions look identical. I suppose it could be the change of overnight temperature that precipitates the flutter?
    Can you offer me any tips to overcome this. Its maddening. Talk about touchy! The beat setting is an art-form in itself. So coarse is the adjustment and so precise does the top block need to be.
    Thanks for your excellent site with superb videos too.
    Sincerely, Berry Greene in UK

  2. Hi, one possibility is to offer them on Facebook Marketplace. This might attract local clock repairers or collectors who may need them.

  3. Hello, I have a lot of antique clock parts from my late husband who loved to tinker with clocks as a hobby. Do you know of any good places for me to sell them? I live in Arizona. Thank you.

  4. I would do very little to the dial, the paint may be fragile. Wood glue is fine to use.

  5. I just inherited a Birge Mallory 8-day shelf clock. The mechanism looks very close to the one on this site. It was damaged in shipment to me and I want to restore it properly. The hand painted clock face is dirty, what is the best way to clean it? The weight channel partitions and lower mechanism wooden structure were broken loose, should I only use Tilden’s Leather & wood glue to reattach them? One of the wooden pulleys has a chip out of it. I cloud glue a dowel in it and cut/sand it down, but what’s the best glue to use? Are there any internet resources for learning how to restore these clocks? Thanks

  6. I am USA retired from Mission service in Penang Malaysia. I have a Rhythm Chiming Quartz Pendulum, changed to energizer batteries. Time chime on the hour is ok

    but the 1/4,1/2, 3/4 chimes no longer work? It is set to the Westminster 4×4?

    I grew up in New Albany!! Miss Indiana.

    Thank you

  7. I don’t have any detailed information on the clocks made in Hong Kong. It is unfortunate that they made them so that the movement cannot be taken apart.

  8. Hello,

    I am presently working on an alarm-clock belonging to an English friend of mine, this is the one he had when he was young, some 40 years ago, we suppose. Never seen such a rugged instrument. The only indications on the dial are EQUITY, and, in smaller letters at six, Hong Kong. On the movement itself is written 80 2, then Hong Kong, then Eastern Time LTD, then unadjusted, and finally : NO O Jewels. This is the first time ever I open a clock without any screwdriver ! The dial is fixed on the bridge with four small pliable metallic teeth, and the whole thing is inserted ‘in force’ into the clock casing. Plastic glass, plastified carton dial. As the movement was completely stuck with old oil, plus dirt, plus rust, I made a few ultrasonic passages first, then decided to litteraly cover everything possible with WD 40, and took out all the rubbish with a thin pin. Note that the two plates ( bridges ) are not screwed, only crimped, so not removable. The spiral spring revived, and I am letting it go to release completely the mainspring, so I shall be able to put WD 40 again inside it to improve its cleaning ( it was fully winded and stuck when I got the clock, not working ). This treatment is a bit hard, but it’s the only way I found to come to revival. Fortunately, the spiral spring is nice and spires well aligned, the beating looks O.K, so I have good hope for the future. Once all this will be clean, I’ll go back to the ultrasonic, still with water only , to remove all the WD 40. Then I’ll mount everything back again, with a proper oiling, which is common practice for me.
    I am surprised by the simplicity of the movement : the play at the extremity of the axis of the spiral spring must be a third of a millimeter, and all rotation points are metal on metal ! !
    Any comment or opinion on all this is most welcome. I can send pics if you let me know your full e-mail address. I would be very obliged if you could let me know more about this time machine, one of the most elementary I have ever seen ! Congratulations for your sites and information on Westclox, a nice discovery for me. Unfortunately, I did not find any mention about HK connection for the movement.
    Thanking you again for your attention,

    Fran├žois DUPRE, 64 years old, in France.

  9. My father just bought a Forestville Mfg. Company clock OGEE. Its a double weight 8 day clock with chimes. Would like to have a schematic of the insides. Would you know where we can get this?

    Thank you for any insight.


  10. I have a question about a clock my eighty-nine year old father gave me. The case is a Seth Thomas The Metals oak kitchen clock but the face and movement are Sessions. I would like to restore the original ST face and movement but I am clueless what to look for in a movement. I just want it back to when this was my grandparents clock. Do you have any pointers?

  11. I don’t have spare motors to sell, I have to go looking for used ones to overhaul for my own repair jobs.

  12. I need a motor for the Seth Thomas Legacy 2-E Mantle Clock. Can I purchase one from you?

  13. I found a 400 day clock in trashthe globeis broken but I like to see a pictureof the back to see if all other parts are there

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