Ansonia Peep O Day Alarm Clock

David D'Apice

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Wondering if anyone out there has a photo of the Peep O Day mechanism -- I have a nice little four-column cast iron Ansonia alarm clock with bell below it (Patd 1877) ---- but I believe one of the gears on the mainspring wheel is gone. Not sure how it all worked to start with --- seems like one spring drove two gears -- one direction driving alarm, the other driving time -- I noticed two pawls, and one of them has two pins that stick from the ratchet gear -- not sure if they engaged with something. A few good photos would at least tell me how it was all assembled and how it worked to start with. It's baffling at this point, but too nice not to take a shot at getting it together. Thanks in advance -- and happy fourth of July!
 

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Can you post pics of what you have? It sounds like maybe you're talking about stop works and a count wheel drive wheel ... but I'm not sure.
 

David D'Apice

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Sorry it took me so long to get these images --- here's what I'm working with. It's adorable, but I think the "great wheel" shown was one of two -- the other just behind it.

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It appears to be a regular rattle wheel type alarm. It would not likely have a barreled spring, but would require some type of spring to power it, which was evidently wound at the same time the movement was. I've never encountered one like that, so can't guess where the spring should go or what it looked like. I do agree that something is missing.
 

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