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  1. AndyDWA

    Schmeckenbecher Regula cuckoo clock

    I was given this cuckoo clock today by a lady who heard I was collecting old clocks. It's a Schmeckenbecher/Regula cuckoo clock and hasn't run for many years but is in near-new condition. I don't know much about cuckoo clocks but it seems to be fundamentally sound. I moved the hands to just...
  2. AndyDWA

    Garage Sale Freebie 2 - Brooks & Son art deco ?

    Along with the reseller's name (it seems Brook & Son are silversmiths/jewellers), the dial does include "Made in England", which is why I assume it is a British movement. I'm not sure I'll be able to get the platform serviced by someone else anywhere near here. I guess I could ask around a...
  3. AndyDWA

    Garage Sale Freebie 2 - Brooks & Son art deco ?

    Breakthrough: I cut through the silicone adhesive with the spatula and the dial and movement fell out. I'm certain that should have happened when I removed the chromed rear cowling, instead of me risking serious damage digging around with screwdrivers and spatulas looking for a weakness. Sigh...
  4. AndyDWA

    Garage Sale Freebie 2 - Brooks & Son art deco ?

    Thanks Larry. This one has me completely dumbfounded. If I loosen the back nuts, the threads themselves flop around and begin to turn, so I think they are just there to hold the chrome back cover dish in place. The back of the movement will pull toward the back, but not evenly and not far...
  5. AndyDWA

    Garage Sale Freebie 2 - Brooks & Son art deco ?

    I can't see how the body and movement is held in. If I loosen the nuts on the four posts, on the back of the body, the posts themselves become loose, but the body doesn't. I fear they are holding the movement in place. I wonder if the dial bezel is press-fitted, but don't want to risk...
  6. AndyDWA

    Garage Sale Freebie 2 - Brooks & Son art deco ?

    I was given two clocks today at a garage sale. The second is a Brook & Son, 8-day art deco(?), mounted in a timber block. I can't find much information about Brook & Son. The clock is in good condition, is fully-wound and ticks if I shake it, but stops a short time later. I assume it needs...
  7. AndyDWA

    Garage Sale Freebie - EJU German Mantel

    I was given two clocks today at a garage sale. The first is an EJU art deco mantel with what I believe is a Westminster chime (I still don't know much about clocks in general). It has a German movement stamped "45167 PL 13 cm" and has an EJU badge on the dial. The case is in reasonably poor...
  8. AndyDWA

    What did I just buy? - Belly Clock?

    I looks reasonably straight forward, just smaller than I'm used to. If I'm going to do this, I'd like to replace the little brass surround missing from the winding arbor hole in the dial. I assume I need to access the rear of the dial to fit it properly (although maybe these were glued in and...
  9. AndyDWA

    What did I just buy? - Belly Clock?

    Thanks Tinker, Hairsprings are a whole new area for me. I've avoided doing anything more than oiling any movement that has one. This clock did stop last night but still feels almost fully wound, so something needs attention. I assume I would proceed as follows Remove hands Open back Bend...
  10. AndyDWA

    What did I just buy? - Belly Clock?

    Thanks RM. One great thing about deciding to buy this clock is I've learnt something more about clocks in general - and some auction houses seem to place a decent value on the reproductions, as much as 10-15-times what I paid (of course, there may well be different standards reproductions )...
  11. AndyDWA

    What did I just buy? - Belly Clock?

    I'm in the far-flung reaches of the lower-west corner of Western Australia, but I guess it's possible for any clock to have found it's way here somehow :) I've looked at lots of similar clocks on eBay tonight and there's no reason now to assume this is anything other than a repro. There are two...
  12. AndyDWA

    What did I just buy? - Belly Clock?

    @Shimmy, I wish I could work out how to get to the movement. I assumed the bezel must be threaded into the iron but, if so, it's stuck tight and I don't want to try too hard and risk breaking something. There are two screws behind his arms. I guess these either hold the two halves of the...
  13. AndyDWA

    What did I just buy? - Belly Clock?

    Thanks Clip, I did manage to find some similar clocks after trying several search phrases. I think I ended up with something like "cast iron clock with moving eyes" It looks like even if it's a repro, I still may have snagged a bargain given it's still ticking after five hours. If it's...
  14. AndyDWA

    What did I just buy? - Belly Clock?

    I picked this up at a salvage yard as "with key but not working". It was fully wound and ticked with a bit of a shake. It's been running for an hour now, including eye movements. I assume it is cast iron as it weighs over 1.8kg (around 4 pounds) and has GERMANY 1858 cast underneath. But what...
  15. AndyDWA

    Diamond twin-bell alarm clock

    I picked this up- yesterday at a local op-shop (thrift shop). At $3 I think I got a bargain - it must be worth at least $4. I got it because 1: It's the style of clock I recall having as a kid in the early seventies and 2: I planned to use it in a still-life painting one day. It's missing the...
  16. AndyDWA

    Two "new" clocks - I know nothing...

    Weirdly, I was thinking of using JB Weld as a filler if the remaining crack was small enough after welding - but I didn't even think of using it to do the actual job it was designed for. :whistle: Over-thinking things, as usual. If I can grind the current weld off, I'm hoping the pieces will...
  17. AndyDWA

    Two "new" clocks - I know nothing...

    Thanks Harold. There is a little end play on all the top arbors (the few I tested) and it's now been running and striking for over 30 hours. I think that despite the obvious issues, it's fundamentally sound. I have three 400-day clocks awaiting parts at the moment so I don't want to start doing...
  18. AndyDWA

    Two "new" clocks - I know nothing...

    Excellent Harold, thanks for the pics. I have a homemade letdown tool I use on the 400-dayers. @Kevin, I just took the top off this one to get a better look inside and - well - interesting. The anchor arbor does not run parallel to the other arbors. Is this adjustable (easily)? Or is it...
  19. AndyDWA

    Two "new" clocks - I know nothing...

    ....and 13 hours later, it stopped and refuses to go again :) Not bad considering I only oiled the back. I'm sure I will take the movement out at some point and do what I'm able. I can't do the fancy stuff like rebushing, but I can at least wiggle everything to see if anything is out of whack...
  20. AndyDWA

    Two "new" clocks - I know nothing...

    Wow, well spotted Harold. I just checked through the magnifier and I think it's just the tooth with the drop of oil on it. The oil is reflecting a bit of light on the tip and magnifying some dirt/tarnish on the leading edge, making the tooth look quite distorted. I watched the wheel rotate few...

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