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  1. SuffolkM

    French Mantle Strike Train Problems

    Hopefully useful 'X marks the spot'. The pin needs to be moved above the arm...
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    Help recognizing maker's mark

    Hi Christopher, Thank you - good spot. For whatever reason the stamp is quite indistinct, but with your clue and a little bit of piecing together the central logo, I believe I've got the answer now. This seems to be a Japy Freres, and the logo is the 'medal d'honneur' - so dating it to 1855...
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    Help recognizing maker's mark

    Hi all This indistinct maker's mark is on the back plate of a small French movement. I'm not getting much luck tracking it down. Perhaps you recognise it and could help me identifying this maker? Thanks Michael
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    minute hand arbor doesn’t turn easily

    Hi Vint The minute hand is held under tension by a washer (with leaf arms) which allow it to slip when driven round to change the time. What you are feeling is that part slipping on a rough surface - the back of a wheel - potentially because it is rutted. You can slightly reduce the tension by...
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    USB microscopes - invaluable!

    Hi Bruce This is the one I bought: KKmoon Digital USB Microscope,600X 4.3 LCD Display Electronic Video Magnifier,HD 3.6MP CCD,Adjustable 8 LEDs,1080P/720P/VGA Resolution with Metal Stand Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery...
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    USB microscopes - invaluable!

    Ha, sorry, Lynsey! We are all afflicted by this problem...at least it's cheap this time! Think of it as 1/50th of a new bushing machine. :whistle:
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    USB microscopes - invaluable!

    Hi all, I recently bought a USB microscope on Amazon for around £35 (perhaps $40 - $50 - cheaper ones are out there, amazingly, but this one had a stand). I've found it absolutely great for studying pivot holes and pivots before and after polishing, and thought it worthy of a mention. The...
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    Where’s Willie?

    Sending best wishes to Willie X, too. Only today I found one his 12000+ posts incredibly helpful. Honestly, I have many "horology" books but nothing comes close to the precise, and truthful comments he has made here over the years. Not only did he know the answers, he knew them exactly - so much...
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    Lenzkirch bracket clock - any idea on brocot key for this?

    Thanks Jeff. I'm working on the same idea - but definitely won't be broaching the dial hole! I think it's better to test a few keys with the dial off, get one which is the right fit for the arbor, and then turn it down a bit. I may do this with a brass key so it's easier to work on.
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    Educate me about pendulums, help new guy.

    The act of "closing" pivot holes is very hit and miss, and doesn't really give the desired result in many situations. It is encouraging the train spins but does it spin freely for just a moment or two, or for quite a while? If you turn the movement on its side, or upside down, does it still...
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    Educate me about pendulums, help new guy.

    Yes, there's a formula for the pendulum. The period of the pendulum is set by its length (not its weight): T is the period in seconds L is the length in metres g = 9.81 The period in seconds you want will depend on the movement, which can be worked out by counting teeth, or you can assume you...
  12. SuffolkM

    Basic clock questions

    Oh, so it was - thanks Vernon, I retract my indignant reply! ;)
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    Basic clock questions

    Kind of frustrating reading the 'advice' from Knock On Wood Antiques - as Mark says, their comments are either barely right or actively wrong. The authoritative tone of the letter is rather misplaced given that they fail to explain how to put your clock in beat, too. Sigh. One thing they fail...
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    Unusual Large Dial Mantel Clock. Austrian? French? Info Welcome

    I must say you have dramatically transformed the clock! Congratulations on the restoration of the movement, now rust free. A fabulous rescue!
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    Lenzkirch bracket clock - any idea on brocot key for this?

    I recently bought this Lenzkirch walnut bracket clock, which I think is very handsome (perhaps not to everyone's tastes but it's a German vibe that I like, having lived there for a while). I've done very light restoration, resilvered the dial and serviced it. It is an exceptional movement, a...
  16. SuffolkM

    Shop Space

    I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss, Stan. I admire your attitude, I don't know many people who could rise above such a serious upheaval and be so positive. It is great you are looking into making a new workshop! I have an outbuilding which was originally a summer house, with fully...
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    Bushing guidance requested

    I'm in the Bergeon corner - although I rather balk at the expense, the investment was a good one and having very well made tools for bushing work is a great reassurance. I find I use all manner of bushing sizes (including some quite deep ones for bracket clocks with luxurious deep plates, and...
  18. SuffolkM

    Spring torque when fully wound

    Thank you - what a subtle observation! I will check this too. I've finished reassembling the clock (looking for bent parts etc) and did a little more work on it, so I am currently observing how it goes.
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    Spring torque when fully wound

    I'm doing that test, and will let you know. The pendulum swing is ok, maybe 5 degrees or so. It sounds and looks pretty healthy, but clearly I am open to the possibility something is just evading detection. I reckon it could be a bent arbor. Those seem to be pretty common. Despite the hassle I...
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    Where do y'all find junker clocks for parts

    Over here in the UK you can find auctions with Easylive, or the-saleroom.com (but I am not giving them any endorsement by mentioning them - often just search for local auction houses works too). Maybe there is something similar from state to state in the US? Clocks sold at auction rarely get...