Grandmother's porcelain clock

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  1. sbwertz

    sbwertz Registered User
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    This was my grandmother's electric clock and I can remember her having it when I was a child in the fifties, maybe earlier. It doesn't run any more and I don't know if the movement can be replaced. The sticker on the back says Oxford Metal Spinning Company with a model number 2400.

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  2. Tinker Dwight

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    The movements for these are no longer made.
    Some of the types of motors can be replaces.
    Most any clock can be repaired but it may not be
    a practical cost.
    The quick fix is to slap a quartz clock in it.
    This would completely destroy any resale value
    and the quartz movement are not known for long life.
    It would be unlikely to find a repair person in any particular
    town or city willing to repair such a clock. You'd most
    likely need to send it off to someone.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  3. sbwertz

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    I guess it is just an ornament then! I love looking at it. It brings back wonderful memories.
     
  4. George Nelson

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    Hi,

    A quick check of eBay, using the search terms "Oxford Metal Spinning Company," turned up 17 clocks using a movement and face just like your clock. Perhaps you might consider bidding on one just for the movement. It looks like it should be an easy switch. However, all of the clocks in the auctions are old as well, so there would be no guarantee as to how long the replacement movement would last.

    Hope this helps!

    Best,

    George Nelson
     
  5. roughbarked

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    I've still got an original insertion movement wrapped in its oily paper. Brand new. ;) or NOS as the term goes.

    I'm sure there must still be others out there.
     
  6. roughbarked

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    I think it is important to say; that old electric stuff will be reaching or past its use by date. Not that it should no longer be eaten but that insulation breaks down and electricty can kill faster than salmonella.
     
  7. sbwertz

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    Yes, I think I will just keep it as an ornamental clock in my cabinet. Don't want to risk a fire.
     
  8. roughbarked

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    You can buy insertion movements, cheap quartz ones these days that can fit and make the clock usable. If you are smart with electronics you can rewind the coil to make it run on a far safer current. I have someone's plans for that somewhere on this computer. You may even be able to find a mechanical insertion movement for it. I'm sure that there still should be some out there.

    OK, I found it.. Making old synchronous clocks safe to use: http://sound.whsites.net/clocks/ocm.html
     
  9. sbwertz

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    Thank you, but I am a 74 year old grandmother and not up to rewinding coils! Electricity is not my forte. It bites. I love old clocks, and I think this one will just stay an ornament.
     
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