How heavy the weights?

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  1. lxt123

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    I got this clock without any weight. It is a very narrow channel for them, I'm thinking that the weight is rectangular shaped.
    Any idea about how heavy should be?

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  2. Willie X

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    #2 Willie X, Nov 16, 2018
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    lxt,
    I have never seen one made like that. My guess would be that the designer wanted the weights to be always visible so you can see if and when it needs winding? I would think gold painted weights with a square or rectangular cross section, to loosely fit the available space, would be nice. 2 1/2# lead would be a good place to start. Someone may have a clock like yours, or a photo to give you a guide to go by. Willie X
     
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    Can you tell if it's a 30 hour or 8 day? Seth Thomas made a small shelf clock with an 8 day movement that required 6lb weights that were rectangular and had a notch in the side facing the movement to allow for the cable to not rub the weight when fully wound. I have a customer who owns one and I ended up making round weights that were a little too long because no one had a weight the size that clock takes.
     
  4. Willie X

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    My money is on a 1-Day, or 30 Hour.
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  5. lxt123

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    When the door is closed, the weights are partially hidden.
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  6. lxt123

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    Looks like an 30hrs movement made by Terry & Andrews Bristol ct



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  7. Joseph Bautsch

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    #7 Joseph Bautsch, Nov 17, 2018
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    I have what appears to be the same clock but has a Seth Thomas 30 hour works. They are identical to each other. I was lucky enough to get the original weights with the clock. These are probably what you need to run yours. The weights are 2 lbs. 11 oz. each, 4 1/2" long, 2 1/8" wide, 1 3/16" deep at the bottom and 1" at the top. There is a small taper bottom to top on one side. These will be very hard to find as originals. I would suggest you go to a metals supplier to find a mild steel block the size you need. They can cut any size you want. You will probably have to go with 2 1/4" wide and 1 1/4" deep. That is the standard size for these suppliers and should fit your clock. You can use an on line program and enter different sizes and it will give you the weight. Depending on the other dimensions used you can adjust the length of the block to get the correct weight. Hope this helps. (Sorry about the extra photos. Could not figure out how to delete the extra ones.)

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  8. lxt123

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    Thank you, the pictures are very helpful.
     
  9. Willie X

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    It's amazing that you can have your question answered by JB in less than 12 hours!

    That's a very attractive clock. I can see where the narrower case made for much better proportions.

    Merritts #CW-116 might be just what you are looking for. Or you could still make cast lead weights about 3 1/4" tall to give you a little more run time and save About $40. Assuming you have a way to do the casting and some scrap lead.

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    I took care of it for you ;)
     
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