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    Weird miniature carriage clock...

    Ralph: thanks for identifying the fact that the escapement has been replaced previously. That explains why it says "SWISS" in big bold letters and seems to be a different 'texture' than the rest of the brass. Given the style, is it possible to put a rough date on the main clock mechanism...
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    Weird miniature carriage clock...

    Thanks, Mark! I'd like to at least remove the mechanism from the case to get a better look at it. But I'm a little unclear how to proceed: the only obvious screws are in the 'feet' on the bottom of the brass case. Is that where I can start the disassembly? Or perhaps there is a 'getting a...
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    Weird miniature carriage clock...

    My wife inherited a little bitty brass carriage clock (I think that's the right term) a decade or so ago which apparently has been in her family for a few generations. She asked me to take a look at it since it has never in her memory run. Now I'm looking at it, and I'm not sure a) what kind...
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    Smiths English "floating balance" clock: quick clean and restore?

    And here it is 'finished', as I delivered it to my brother in law. He tells me it is 'keeping good time', despite the fact that I really didn't do much other than blow the dust off and (lightly) lubricate the pivots and springs. Most of my work was on the case and presentation plaque...
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    smiths mantle clock striking early

    I realize this is a dead thread, but... I had exactly the same problem with my Smiths mantle clock (striking a bit 'early' based on hand position), and exactly the same solution (adjust the minute hand via the bushing). Good advice is timeless...
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    Smiths English "floating balance" clock: quick clean and restore?

    Thanks, Randy: that's the path I'm heading down for now. I'll focus on the case, and only put a tiny bit of effort into tidying the mechanism now that I have it running. I think what I'll try to do is find another similar mechanism that isn't someone's precious heirloom. If I work through a...
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    Smiths English "floating balance" clock: quick clean and restore?

    For folks who are curious about the case, I'm attaching some photos... it is wood, with a very thin veneer that is crackling horribly. I'm part way through a gentle cleaning/polishing and will top it with some beeswax when I'm done. It is an 'open' face, I guess so that a sight-impaired...
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    Smiths English "floating balance" clock: quick clean and restore?

    Thanks, Shutterbug. I've been using Keystone mainspring oil on springs. I have some fancy synthetic stuff (Sys 163?) that I use for pivots that I swear cost more than gold...
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    Smiths English "floating balance" clock: quick clean and restore?

    Ron, that floating balance guide is great: thanks! Given the uncertainties you guys have identified, though, regarding the strike spring... I'm starting to think this is beyond my novice skills given a) the amount of time I have; b) the fact that this is a precious memory item for my relative...
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    Smiths English "floating balance" clock: quick clean and restore?

    Thanks for the quick replies! The mechanism is strike only. I'm attaching some photos that will hopefully give a better sense of the mechanism itself.
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    Smiths English "floating balance" clock: quick clean and restore?

    A relative gave me a clock to fix that I'm wanting to get back to them by Christmas. It is a Smiths English clock with a mechanism I've never worked on before: a "floating" balance wheel The 'obvious' fix was easy: the curved 'gong' bar was rotated and pressed against the balance wheel. I...
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    Chauncey Jerome 8 day Ogee- date and other info appreciated

    Thanks, Jerome Collector (Mike?)! Your site is full of pictures of some fantastic examples of Chauncey Jerome and contemporary manufacturer's clocks. To see all the different "riffs" on the same basic style is extremely educational- kudos from this novice! Curious question: I see you have...
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    Chauncey Jerome 8 day Ogee- date and other info appreciated

    I checked the label: the printer is listed at 55 Orange street, which puts my clock in the 1845 to 1855 or thereabouts range. Thanks, Jerome: it is great to narrow the timespan down!
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    Chauncey Jerome 8 day Ogee- date and other info appreciated

    Thanks for the photos, Kevin: I guess my private message with the measurements is sort of pointless now, but looking at your dial photos I can see the difference between yours and mine. When I'm looking for a dial I'll have a quick visual cue ("do the numbers intersect the arbor holes?")- not a...
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    Chauncey Jerome 8 day Ogee- date and other info appreciated

    Wow: lots of great information- thank you folks! First things first: I need to put this on a shelf. It has a metal hanger hole (quite old) screwed into the back, but from what I read this should not be relied upon to hold the clock. Problem is: this tall/narrow case would be very unstable on...

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