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English Dial Clock Fusee chain question

Aledger

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Hi all

I’m new to clock repair. I have 2 question’s on English dial fusee chains/replacement.

1.If replacing a broken chain does it matter if the width of the new chain is less than the old one? Obviously it can’t be more as won’t sit in the fusee thread.
2. Maybe this is more personal opinion but if replacement is a not chain which is best? Natural gut line, steel wire or bronze wire? I know early clocks used gut and for purists may say better but not necessarily best for durability?

thanks in advance

Andrew
 

Dells

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Steel or bronze will cut into the fusee and barrel causing damage and unsightly marks.
 

gmorse

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Hi Andrew,
If replacing a broken chain does it matter if the width of the new chain is less than the old one? Obviously it can’t be more as won’t sit in the fusee thread.
It can be a little narrower, but not too much or else there's a risk of it 'falling over' on its side where it's unsupported on the barrel. You can tell if a fusee has been cut for a chain because the bottom of the groove is flat; a gut line fusee groove is rounded, and of course the attachment points at both end will be quite different. I agree with Dell about metal wires being inappropriate, certainly on older clocks.

Regards,

Graham
 

Aledger

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Thank you both. And interesting on views on the gut. Makes sense. This is a like for like replacement I.e. chain for chain so no issue with the groove. The original chain was 1.4mm wide and I’ve seen a replacement at 1.1mm and having never replaced was not sure if it was an issue.
 

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