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A Morbier should be cleaned just like any other clock. They are fairly bulletproof, but observe and remember how the striking works before dismantling anything - they are totally different from anything you have ever met before!Originally posted by Dr. Craig:
For your consideration -- A filthy Mobier that, when pulled out for examination, was as dirty and "greasy" as running your hand across a used car engine. I was told that it was not running (surprise!).
I assume that I can clean this very old clock via ultrasound cleaning solution, followed by a mineral spirits rinse. I see, or know of, no reason not to do this. Do you agree?
Many thanks for your input.
Originally posted by Eckmill:
The Morbier movement is delightfully simple to disassemble for maintenance.
Could you, perhaps, elaborate? As stated above, they're barely mentioned in the literature. I have two needing work, and they seem to be rivetted together. Do I need to grind off the riveting, or can I spring the plates apart to get the posts out? Are the hollow brass rivets holding the repousse brass dial surrounds to the frame original? (They look like they were applied with a Home Depot rivet gun.) And did they use silk suspensions? One of mine has a sort of rear gantry for the pendulum support, but no trace of a suspension spring. Thanks!
I agree with Les, the book mentioned above is an excellent reference. It contains technical details, repair and restoration and maintenance information in addition to identification, history , great pictures etc. I did a search and found one copy in (NL). I'm sure the NAWCC library has copies available for loan.Additionally, an English translation by Laurence Alan Seymour of "Comtoise Clocks, The Morbier, The Morez" by Maitzner and Moreau. The book covers every version of the Comtoise clocks.
Is there a link or search key that would get one to these articles?Thanks, Les, for your (as usual) sage advice. I've read the Mainztner book, but it's short on practical details. Are the Bulletin articles you mentioned also by Seymour, from 1975? Those have been duplicated and bound together as a spiral bound booklet in the NAWCC lending Library. I also picked up a copy of Gustave Schmitt's "Die Comtoiser Uhr", which has a lot of diagrams of the mysterious striking work, although it's in German.