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    Default Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates

    I have a postman's alarm clock that does not run.
    I have never worked on a clock with wooden plates.
    How do I lubricate the pivots?
    And if anyone knows anything about this clockmaker, I would be very interested! I'm intrigued by the little brass deer I found behind the face plate!
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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: kimgw)

    I just realized it has metal bushings, so I'm assuming that clock oil is used.

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: kimgw)

    Quote Originally Posted by kimgw View Post
    I just realized it has metal bushings, so I'm assuming that clock oil is used.
    Only enough to fill the metal bushings.

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: kimgw)

    Quote Originally Posted by kimgw View Post
    I just realized it has metal bushings, so I'm assuming that clock oil is used.
    Metal pivots in metal pivot holes (or metal bushings) need oil but sparingly. Oil and wood are a bad combination. Metal pivots in wood pivot holes do not require oil. By the way, nice clock.

    RC

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: R. Croswell)

    Indeed it is a nice clock.

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: kimgw)

    The little brass deer is very similar to the mark used by Tobias Bäuerle & Son, of St. Georgen (Germany) though it is usually facing the opposite way.

    Tobias Bäuerle did make clocks with wooden works; however, I have never seen a wooden works clock with a deer as the anchor plate, Bäuerle usually used a little brass fish.

    The deer on your clock looks a little crudely carved and also the fixings look as if they might be later. I wonder whether someone made a replica of the Bäuerle deer and put it on, for some reason.

    It is a little puzzling but others may know more.

    JTD

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: JTD)

    Thanks for the input! I have it up and running, but I haven't figured out the alarm mechanism yet. Every time I hang the weight on the alarm chain the alarm sounds until the weight hits the floor! And that thing is LOUD!!!!
    And yes, this clock was a sweet find I got ridiculously cheap at a recent estate sale!
    Just started working on clocks last week! Learning as I go!

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: kimgw)

    If you look at the instructions on how to set the 'alarum' on the label on your clock, you will find the answer to your continuous alarm question. The idea was to get you out of bed.........!

    JTD

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: JTD)

    the "little brass deer" actualy is a hare (admittedly with big ears),so it´s Phillip Haas as far as I can see. Nice clock,congrats!
    Burkhard
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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: Burkhard Rasch)

    Burkhard, I don't think I've ever seen a Phillip Haas hare with a little coronet on its neck (as Bäuerle's deer has) and the 'ears' on this one look more like antlers to me.

    But you may be right - it is at least pointing the right way!

    JTD

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: JTD)

    I am with JTD, Burkhard: it is not the Haas hare.

    Aitor
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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: ballistarius)

    In the June and July 2010 issues of Clocks Magazine, Doug Stevenson did a two part article titled "Something Old, Something New." The article discussed these Schotten type movements. In July part of the article, Doug shows several examples of Haas's Hakenblaettchen, a hare that was really quite different from what is shown on Kim's clock. Given the carvings in the "ears," I presume they are meant to represent antlers. I tend to agree that this is Tobias Bäuerle's Hirsch (deer). Alas, Doug did not show anything from a Bäuerle Schottenuhr.
    “If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Default Re: Lubricating a clock with metal movement but wooden plates (By: Steven Thornberry)

    Thanks so much! It is definitely a Tobias Bäuerle!
    There is a very faint stamp on the back that is his mark. Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Help needed with this alarm mechanism

    Moderator's note: You'll notice the title change at this point. Two threads were merged to keep things together. - shutterbug
    I have a Tobias Bäuerle alarm clock.
    I'm not sure how the alarm hand should be attached.
    Could someone advise as to how this should be?
    Pictures show how it is now. Currently, the alarm sounds no matter where the hands are.
    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Help needed with this alarm mechanism (By: kimgw)

    Can we see the actual alarm mechanism? The only thing that comes to mind right now is an electric/battery powered alarm, which seems unlikely for a clock that old.
    A man with a clock always knows the time. A man with two clocks is never sure.

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