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Help identify wire (?spring) New Haven

R. Kelly

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I have a Mantle clock that I inherited from a family member. It is not functioning. I purchased another movement off of eBay which is exactly the same, but better condition. I hope to get one functional movement out of the two. I’m curious about the very small wires that I see wrapped around the striker mechanism. Any information on what it is, the size, and where I could find replacement would be helpful. See video.


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Vernon

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The wire is a return spring and I think that it's made of 24 or 26 gage brass wire. It looks as though the strike hammer head is mounted upside down.
Vernon
 
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eemoore

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The wire is a return spring and I think that it's made of 24 or 26 gage brass wire. It looks as though the strike hammer head is mounted upside down.
Vernon
The wires actually act as springs to return the arbor (levers) to their original position after the strike. Your clock does not chime, it strikes . Anyway the wires (springs) are rather strong but may break when the movement is being disassembled . You should release the wire where it attached to the plate. Make sure you take good pictures so you can reasemble correctly. Study the action of the springs before disassembly. Hope this helps.
 

R. Kelly

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Yep. It looks like an old “repair “ to me. The second clock movement I purchased is in better shape and I plan to switch it out for the other.
 

Vernon

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Tell us what that big glob of solder is there for. It needs to be removed.
It would be good to practice its removal. Heat it to melting the blow it off with compressed air, buff with a very mild abrasive if needed.
Vernon
 

Willie X

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A large soldering iron and Solder-wick works pretty well. It's done best with the movement taken apart. That pivot will usually need attention. Willie X
 

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