Gilbert 1807 Mantle Clock

slewfoot

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Good Morning, I recently picked this up at an estate sale. I've been reading up on what I can find and having it working rather well. can someone tell me approximately when it was made or how I can tell? Thx.


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Steven Thornberry

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It looks like the 2081 "Two-Color," as shown from the 1925 catalogue in Tran Duy Ly's book on Gilbert clocks (arlingtonbooks.com). It may have been offered a few years either side of 1925 as well. These tambour style clocks were popular in the 1920' and 1930's. The movement in yours may have a two or four digit number representing the year the movement was made, which would give an approximate date for the complete clock.
 

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Thank you very much. Not even a beginner here but came from an estate sale of a man who dabbled in antiques. The mechanics of it all look very clean
 

slewfoot

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I have a little more information here is on the left side of the movement is sort of a diamond with G in it. The right side has 34. Could this be the year of manufacture? Would be interesting since it was the yer my mother was born
 

slewfoot

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I guess my next question would be the hourly and half hour chimes. What are suppose to be. Seems kind of off. Chime 9 times for 5:30 pm
 

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Should be 8 notes for the half.

Edit: No, that's not a chiming clock. Just one at the half. Sorry!
 
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Willie X

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Move the long hand slowly up toward the 12. You will hear a little noise at around 3 to 5 minutes before the hour. When you hear this noise back the long hand up until it strikes. Continue untill the correct hour is struck. Note, your clock springs would indicate that your clock is run down. Allowing it to run down will often cause the strike to go out of sync, as it is now.
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slewfoot

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Well here is what happened prior to reading this last post. i was kind of studying the "ding dong" combo. I might have accidentally got it. when i would have lets say 6 combos of ding dong chimes and it was on 4 pm, I was starting t get it i think. I moved it to 5 pm and got 7 combos. I went on up to 12 and got twelve singles even though it read 10 pm. So logic told me to simply removed and reposition the hands to12 oclock straight up and all seems well? One thing i can say is they are temperamental suckers
 

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Your clock is what is called a count wheel clock. The count can easily
get out of synch with the hands, such that it counts wrong on the hour.
This usually happens when the strike side runs down before the
time or something causes it to miss count.
If while running it regularly gets out of synch, that is an indication
that it needs servicing or adjustment.
The method Willie described is the normal way to adjust a count wheel
clock. The only thing I might add is that should you accidentally cause
it to start striking by going too far, you can not back it to 9 o'clock,
you need to rotate the minute hand around clockwise.
Another way to do it is if you watch the back of the clock, behind
the two levers that lifts the hammers is a piece that goes up and down
for each count.
If you rotate the minute hand until just after the strike and hour,
you can lightly lift this piece and it will count the next sequence.
You just repeat lifting it until the strike sequence matches the hands.
There is no need to remove the hands for either of these procedures.
If the hour hand is loose enough, you can just advance the hour hand
( not always the easiest way ).
Tinker Dwight
 

slewfoot

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That's what I figured out lol. I have one on the half and whatever the hour is seems to be working on all numbers.
 

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