- Dec 19, 2022
First time posting here. I recently bought an Elisha Hotchkiss clock at auction as a project to try and get it working with my kids. It appears to have all the parts but I'm not sure which ones are appropriate or may be extra. It came with 6 keys, a circular piece of glass, two pendulums, and 3 weights. Two of the weights were sitting in the bottom and one was attached and is up at the top on the left hand side. There was a date written in pencil on the inside of the door: 2-5-1829. I haven't messed with it too much, but I was able to connect a weight on the right side and using a key on the right side of the face it moved up the side, but then fell back down when i took the key out. I also pulled the smaller metal wire to the left and it made the chime ring. My next step is to try and remove the face to get a look behind. I figured out how to remove the face but wanted to make sure I knew the proper way to remove the hands. Do I just pull out the little pin in the front? Also, why are there 3 weights? Should't there be 2? Any tips on how to lower the weight that is stuck up on the top left? What is the piece of circular glass for? Do I have too many keys or do they all have a role? Is one of the pendulems the correct size and the other just an extra? I'm sure I will have some more questions once I start taking it apart. I only paid $45 for it so if it's unrepairable it at least provided some fun and we will have learned a bit about this type of clock. Thanks!
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