Hi folks. Hoping some smart person here can help me. What I have here is an Ansonia 5 open escapement 8 day time/gong movement from a mantle clock. I think it’s pretty standard.
The problem seems to be with the chime/strike side. Basically, what’s going on is the count wheel (red B) does not turn on its own. It free spins around the winding arbor for the chime side - I believe it is supposed to do this? It’s not binding. You can lift the strike lever up out of a deep tooth & spin it around its axis.
I believe from guessing, that it’s (red B) supposed to be driven by the brass gear (blue C) meshed with it. The problem is, little gear C is not “fixed” around the pivot post that goes through it either... It free spins as well. So the count wheel free spins & the gear that drives it free spins both on their respective posts... The net result is both posts turn fine - but neither gear turns on its own.
Since the count wheel doesn’t turn on its own, obviously the strike train either doesn’t stop striking or doesn’t start. The count wheel can’t do its job.
I’m thinking the count wheel is not supposed to be driven / fixed to the winding arbor for the strike train - because you would break something every time you went to wind the gong. I’m thinking the purpose of gear C is to drive the count wheel. But, gear C just free spins around it’s pivot post.
Assuming I’m correct, I can’t see how gear C would be fixed to its pivot post. Maybe it’s just a pressed fit or there is some mechanism I can’t see without pulling the plates off. Or is there a tiny key on the arbor that turns the gear and it broke?
What would be the best way to fix this gear back to it’s pivot post, or should I just look for the part (gear/pivot post) from a scrap movement?
thanks for the help...