A wonderful idea!

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  1. Willie X

    Willie X Registered User

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    I am overhauling an old Hamburg American wall clock and ran across this adjustable maintence wheel setup. Sure would make assembly easier if every clock had one or two of these spring loaded clutches.
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  2. woodlawndon

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    #2 woodlawndon, Nov 12, 2019
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    Haven't seen one before.
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  3. kinsler33

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    That's interesting.

    I wonder how many of us mentally contrive improvements in these antique mechanical movements we repair. Certainly most of them could have used an innovation here and there.
     
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    You would think something like that would catch on .... but money is always the issue and it probably didn't seem cost effective at the time.
     
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    The advantage is for the repair person but not so much for the manufacturer.

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    The reason I was amused is that the manufacturers are long dead, as are their prospective customers. We're merely repairing the ruins of their civilization.
     
  7. JimmyOz

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    Many times when repairing movements I have thought, why would you do that, why did they put that there, why is this so complicated, I guess and only a guess, is that they all wanted to patient or get past someone else's patient so they added something to make it a bit different so not to infringe?
    Another bug bare is the mantel clock case, why did they not make the back door opening a little larger?
     
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    Patents were indeed a big deal in the golden age of the mechanical clock. Some of them were clever: I think it's Gilbert that has a spiral face cam to hoist the pendulum suspension up or down for regulation.

    And yes, the back doors of tambour clocks were always way too small. It would have made more sense to provide access from the bottom, but the bottoms of these clocks were always the sounding board for the strike/chimes and thus had to be left undisturbed.

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