Horolovar plato novelty clock

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I have a Horolovar plato novelty clock that stopped working and need to disassemble. I need a little guidence in the process in taking this clock apart. Any help would be appriciated. Thanks.
 

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Ace - can you supply a picture?
 

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The original Plato "ticket" clocks were made by Ansonia in four different case styles.
About seventy years later, the late Charlie Terwilliger (Horolovar) had the Plato clock reproduced in Germany.

I've not seen an original and never owned one of the reproduction versions but those I've seen at NAWCC Marts were either not working too well or were partly disassembled.

An interesting novelty timepiece. Doubtful that repair parts are available today except salvage from a donor. 'Shouldn't be too difficult to repair the timepiece but holding all the tickets in place during reassembly might be a challenge for one with only two hands.:eek:
 

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OK, I'm with you now :) This clock comes apart at the bottom, and you can repair the mechanism without disturbing the center post or the numbers. In fact, don't even think of messing with those parts because getting it synchronized again is a ROYAL pan in the butt! If memory serves, there is a plate on the bottom that you can remove with a couple of nuts or screws, and after that's accomplished you'll see how to proceed. What exactly are the issues? Often, it's that the numbers don't "flip". Enlighten us :)
 

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I have one of the original Ansonia Plato clocks and the Horolover German made version. Both run fine but the Horolover keeps very good time, much better than the Ansonia.

I haven't taken either apart for some time, but as I remember, there are two small screws in the bottom that hold the movement on. There are also three stand off type screws that will remove the bottom skirt as well as the movement. This can be a little risky because it leaves the cards and motion works exposed, and as Shutterbug said, you really don't want to upset that assembly.

I would work with it upside down to prevent misshapes. (And keep it upside down while you work on the movement) The movement is a seven jewel balance wheel escapement. A little on the delicate side for clock repair people.

Good luck, Ken
 

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