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    Default Identifying Clock Movement

    My mom received this clock from a friend in Holland many years ago. The clock unfortunately was dropped many years ago and the ceramic was glued back together. My mom gave me this clock but it was not working very well. I uninstalled the movement from this case and oiled the clock movement but did not oil the hair spring platform. I used Slick 50 one lube for the mainspring. The spring was accessible to lube so I did not dissemble this movement since I am not familiar on how to service a hair spring yet. The movement is running now after I oiled the pivots and lubed the mainspring but does need to be cleaned especially the hair spring. How do I service this type of hair spring?

    This clock case and movement has no information that I can find identifying this clock/movement. I did notice some symbols on the back of the movement which may provide some hint. Does anyone know who made this clock? I have attached pictures for your review.
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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: dalesr)

    Hello,

    There appears to be a logo stamped on one plate.... If you could get a clear photograph of the logo, some message board member might have a European Tradename book and help identify the movement maker.

    Andy

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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: Andy Dervan)

    Blink blink...stare and compare. With a little enlarging and color editing, the logo appears clearly as one used by Japy Freres.
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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: Eckmill)

    Eckmill thank you so much for identifying this movement. Japy Freres is a 19th Century Clock Maker so this clock was made in the 19th Century, right?

    Is this a quality movement?

    I am also interested in finding a replacement for the case since it was broken and glued back together. Were there many of these clocks made with this case and what do I search for on Ebay to find one?

    Eckmill thanks again for identifying this movement.

    Ray

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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: dalesr)

    Ray,

    Your clock is one of these (pic). The cases on these are (real) porcelain. I would carefully repair the glue joins and keep it as it is.

    Just in case I am wrong about the "porcelain",(the case may have been changed) shine a bright light through it and you should be able to see the light and a shadow of your fingers or whatever.
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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: laprade)

    Laprade,

    My father or mother glued this porcelain case. I will try shining a light through it per your instructions below. I will keep it like it is.

    Thanks much for identifying the case.

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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: dalesr)

    I forgot to mention that Japy were making clocks well into the 20th c as well. I posted two alarums in the "french markets" thread the other day, and have seen quite modern models with their logo. "Japy"

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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: laprade)

    Laprade,

    I appreciate the follow-up on this since I was wondering if "Japy" clocks were made in the 20 century as well. I would imagine that my mother's clock was made in the 20th century.

    Thanks

    Ray

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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: dalesr)

    Laprade,

    I did the light test and this is a porcelain clock case.

    Thank you for providing me this information.

    -Ray

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    Default Re: Identifying Clock Movement (RE: dalesr)

    dalesr,

    Glad to be of help.

    stephen

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