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    I cannot remember where or when I acquired this. It has sat on a back shelf for several years now but as I am just starting to get interested in actually working on clocks, I will post this as a new acquisition. This is the first time I have actually even taken off the face plate for a closer look.

    Aside from the numeral 11, I can see no other identifying marks. It has about a 30-hour run on its small mainspring. You can see that the entire clock is only about 10 inches tall and the movement itself is only about 3...

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    ...on the movement there is only the number 11 and the back paper shows kind of a moon shape that has been defaced...
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    ...on the back are some inscribed numbers but I have no idea if they reference anything in the clock world...
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    ...The face was a piece of printed paper stuck to a piece of tin that screws to the braces shown in the first picture and fits into the peak. The hands appear to be different styles so are probably replacements.

    So I need to find a replacement face at least. The case is pretty shabby, has what appears to be black wax filling in where the veneer has been lost, but it has some simple charm and the movement itself runs quite well...so that is good. I may also need to do something about the pendulum as it is held on with a tiny piece wood threaded onto the end and I am not sure that it will last...

    Does anyone know where I can find a roughly 4-inch vintage face plate?

    Any other info anyone has on a clock like this would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Steven Thornberry

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    The clock is by the Badische Uhrenfabrik in Furtwangen, Germany. I am not an expert on these clocks, but it may date from the 1890's. Commonly referred to as Baduf, it was founded in 1883 and remained in existence until about 1983.
     
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    #3 ScotSun, Nov 29, 2017
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    Thank you SO much... with that info, a quick search brought up a pic of the exact clock. Very cool. Now I just need to replace the face. I suspect that the tin is original but it has been sprayed white at some point and a paper dial face glued on...


    Subsequently noticed that the search result was for another posting on this site...

    Badische Uhrenfabrik A G cottage clock?

    ...but Stevieliver's is in much better condition than mine...
     
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    the pendulum arm on Stevieliver's is bent around the mainspring arbor. Mine is straight. Wonder if it is a replacement...
     
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    If your suspension spring does not bang into the winding arbor and otherwise works well, I would not worry about it. However, if this is the piece that is held on by the piece of wood threaded through the end, usually a piece of copper wire is used, not wood.
     
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    It does seem to work fine without the bend but comes close. The piece of wood is replacing what I would otherwise consider to be the pendulum adjustment nut under the actual weight.
     
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    Now I see. Yeah, that's gotta go in favor of a proper rating nut. Clever, though.
     

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