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  1. chrisuk

    Elliott month going skeleton clock.

    These clocks very occasionally appear for sale in on-line auctions or at dealers' premises. I do not know when they were made or how many. The reduction wheel in the motion work is held in place by a circlip rather than a taper pin. The movement is in very good order, one hole has been...
  2. chrisuk

    Three Camerer Cuss &Co. Fusees

    I generally start by noting the number of turns of chain on the barrel when the movement is completely run down. I put the barrel and spring on to my mainspring winder and note how many turns it takes to fully wind the spring. I then subtract the first count from the second and halve the...
  3. chrisuk

    A longcase marriage, a movement with lots of 'history'.

    This is a report relating to a recent servicing and repair job done to a longcase clock. Much of the dating information came from ‘Robey’s The Longcase Clock Reference Book’. My first impressions were of a late period clock having a case decorated with inlaid wood, a very worn dial and...
  4. chrisuk

    Unknown parts needed for Enfield Grandfather clock

    A standard suspension spring should be ok. Is there a slot near the top of the wooden pendulum rod? If there is then the the pendulum hooks on to the suspension spring and the peg on the crutch goes through the slot. Hope this helps. Chris
  5. chrisuk

    Fusee movement with Winding arbors on the wrong side - not same side as the motionworks???

    For more info' see my thread 'English dial gallery clock', sorry about the many typing errors in it!
  6. chrisuk

    Help with identifying movement

    The precise length of the suspension spring is not critical. On these clocks the distance between the top and bottom blocks is usually about the same as depth of each of the blocks themselves. Inches x 25.4 = millimeters. Hope this helps.
  7. chrisuk

    Those noisy wheels in the chime train

    Video link now placed in the original post. Glad to be of service. To Svenedin- would that tower be Croyden? I have rung there, decades ago!
  8. chrisuk

    Bouncy hammer arm

    I often end up making these springs. I find a suitable screw and cut it down to just go through the plate. I drill it 0.5mm along its length and use Loctite to fix a length of 0.5mm pivot steel into the hole.
  9. chrisuk

    Those noisy wheels in the chime train

    About 30 years ago I fancied the idea of a large clock striking on bells to go at the corner of the staircase. In the junk box was a Westminster movement with five chime hammers, one of them lifted independently of the others for the hour strike. There was enough room for a longer barrel which...
  10. chrisuk

    Bouncy hammer arm

    Check carefully that the holes in the plate are not threaded. In some of my German clocks (W&H) they are. If so then the correct spring wires should be of the French type which have a screw head at the thick end then taper to the acting end. Looking again at your photos the hole in the plate is...
  11. chrisuk

    Ansonia New York Slate with Visible Escapement

    Yes, this movement has one. When it is disconnected the strike never locks properly.
  12. chrisuk

    Ansonia New York Slate with Visible Escapement

    Thanks for your comments. Yes, I knew about the screw lengths but omitted to mention it. Both pivot lengths were the same. The problem with the strike was that once unlocked it would not stop. It was a matter of the least amount of bending of levers, I tried other ways. I decided that...
  13. chrisuk

    Ansonia New York Slate with Visible Escapement

    Its a matter of repairing clocks for a long time, in my case more than fifty years. There was one more thing. The minute hand was bent so that it pointed to an hour when the strike started. The lifting piece seemed to be OK, not bent or filed and the cam on the centre shaft was very tight but it...
  14. chrisuk

    Ansonia New York Slate with Visible Escapement

    I had this clock in for repair, would not run, strike erratic. Once the movement was apart it became clear that a lot of bushing would be required on the going train. One pivot on the 2nd wheel had been done before but the grooving on the pivot had not been ground/polished out. In the end I...
  15. chrisuk

    Badische clock date

    Thanks for that. When I took the clock apart I found that most of the lantern pinions had 9 trundles. On searching my records I found the same train count on a clock by Kienzle.
  16. chrisuk

    Badische clock date

    I have this clock in for repair, Horolovar plate 1627. The guide gives a date of c1905 but this cannot possibly be true as the clock has: Lantern pinions, pin-pallet escapement, card dial, gallery made of pressed plate, discs and rings inside the pendulum, pressed and bent pediment, simple bases...
  17. chrisuk

    Hermle 340-020 Westminster lifespan.

    I recently repaired a 1981 Hermle 340-020 Westminster chiming clock. I tend to dread these things but this one had obviously been serviced regularly. The oil was good and any problem holes had been bushed. The wheels were marked W S & C to indicate which train they came from. The timekeeping...
  18. chrisuk

    Enfield weight-driven deadbeat keeps stopping

    I've had the same effect from time to time. Sometimes the easiest adjustment is to move the cam which locks the chime at the end of run round a bit on its shaft so that the warning pin is well away from the lever. Only a tiny movement is needed, too much and you may have to adjust both the chime...
  19. chrisuk

    Alternatives to lacquering

    I also have used Renaissance Wax on dials and wood for many years, no problems.
  20. chrisuk

    Dating my Smiths Enfield railway station clock

    That movement is in my parents' wedding present mantel clock, they were married in 1951.

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