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    Swiss Novelty Clock?

    Thank you , Burkhard, for considering this clock. I find the head of these Bergziegen particularly well rendered. I'd like to comment on the movement. Yes, it is an inexpensive movement, but unlike some other novelty clocks I've seen, this one could easily be dismantled and repaired. The plates...
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    Swiss Novelty Clock?

    Photos. There are three screws that secure the tin housing to the movement. If desired, I can remove that. Ihad to in order to service the movement.
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    Swiss Novelty Clock?

    Burkhard: Thank you for that. I did a search for table clocks from that area and found some that looked similar to mine also with mountain goats. The color of the wood was similar as well, although many were darker, perhaps stained brown. I would like to copy a photo here but I don't think...
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    Pillar and scroll finials

    Most informative. Most informative. I just found that I could disassemble the three shown in my origianl post. Definitely reproduction finials. However, your photos prompted me to look at my jerome & Darrow pillar and scroll. Well, have a look at the photos!
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    Pillar and scroll finials

    I took these three finials off a Terry & Sons clock. I have another pillar and scroll clock with screw-in finals, which I take to be reproductions. However, if you look at the photo, these three finials all slip right into. They are hollow (not solid) but still with some heft. How does one tell...
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    Swiss Novelty Clock?

    I will remove the movement and take some photos; just can't do that right now. I believe the movement is original to the clock. It's been running very steadily since yesterday. I did not disassemble the movement, although doing so would not be that difficult. The staff is fitted between two...
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    Swiss Novelty Clock?

    I bought this clock at an auction on Labor Day, two days ago. After some minor maintenance, the movement is chugging along just fine and keeping time. It's an inexpensive pin lever movement with a paper dial marked "Swiss Made", has a piece of glass in the bezel and no barrel for the...
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    Waltham Vanguard Model 1892 running slow--why?

    Thanks for all the responses! In response to viclip's comment, I noted that the regulator pins might be too loose so I tightened them. Yes, this slowed the watch down even more. I then restored the pins so they don't pinch the hairspring and the previous rate returned. In response to Chris...
  9. J

    Waltham Vanguard Model 1892 running slow--why?

    I meant to write, would a change of mainspring--not hairspring--help the situation.
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    Waltham Vanguard Model 1892 running slow--why?

    My question may be impossible to answer as there may be multiple reasons why a watch runs slow. I understand that. My 17j 18s Vanguard loses about 10 seconds every hour. That's substantial. If I adjust the regulator to shorten the hairspring, that seems to have no effect. I took the watch...
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    Robinson Watch Found

    Most of the parts in the box don't belong to this movement. I don't see an escape wheel, and there may be no hairspring. Not sure about the lever. The remains of it may be next to the barrel, but I don't thinks so. No dust cover. My suggestion is to re-assemble what you have. Probably the barrel...
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    An Interesting Civil War Watch

    Cliff: It's the history that makes this fusee so fascinating. I have a particular interest in pre-Civil War (i.e pre-Waltham) Anglo-American fusees. I have them from all over New England and a few from the South, even one from Wheeling, (not West) Virginia. One question I have is, are there...
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    An Interesting Civil War Watch

    Clint: Any history of ownership? Any markings on the dial? Very interesting bit of history; thank you for that. John
  14. J

    Fusee pocket watch date

    London, 1880
  15. J

    Fusees with non-brass plates?

    Yes, I realize I put the ratchet on the wrong wheel. Now it makes sense. As I noted it didn't make any sense to me that the winding mechanism would turn the barrel as the chain needs to be transferred to the fusee. In any case here is one example of a late fusee with non-brass plates.
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    Fusees with non-brass plates?

    Very nice! I've never seen a keyless fusee although of course know of them. I see the ratchet wheel on the fusee along with the click. Do the winding wheels turn the fusee or the barrel? If the barrel, that doesn't make sense to me as the watch is fully wound when the chain is transferred from...
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    Fusees with non-brass plates?

    Yes, the earliest fusees from the 17th and 16th C. Forgot about those. If we don't include that period and focus on the 18th C through the end of the fusee period, were any plates made of a material other than brass? I suspect no, that nickel plates, for example, arrived on the scene after...
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    Fusees with non-brass plates?

    Every fusee I've seen has brass plates, but I have not seen every fusee. Were any fusees made with plates other than brass?
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    S.H WEISS NEW YORK

    A question of more interest than its value is, When was it made? The rectangular case is different from most cases and most likely original to the movement. Size 12 watches seem to have become popular in the States during the Twenties. And you find them in a variety of cases with various...
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    Geneva stop question

    Agemo: thank you for your response. I suspect most Maltese crosses have either 5 or 6 arms, and so using 4 in your equation probably works for most watches. I think the only danger is to set the minimal power too high so that (1) the watch doesn't run a full 30 hours and/or (2) the mainspring is...

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