I’ve just acquired this tall case clock. It doesn’t look to have run for several years but I have high hopes to get it going soon. Two questions to the forum: first, thoughts about its age. The back of the faceplate is marked “Walker, Hughes, Birmingham.” This gives me an initial window of 1812-1835. Unfortunately the works themselves have no evident marking of any kind, either on the flat faces of the front and back plates or on the edges of the same. Any thoughts/insights/guidance? Second, the clock has catgut of unknown age. More critically some of the gut is not frayed, but it has ‘untwisted’ in spots. I’m leaning towards testing it with the original weights (perhaps with a pillow inside the base) and see what happens. Can catgut be re-lubricated? Thoughts?
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