Its NOT a broken hinge !

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Usually when someone calls and says, "I have a Howard Miller mantel clock that I use a rubber band to keep the bezel on", my mind jumps to a broken or detached hinge. This was a good customer, so I went by to see what I could do to help.

There are several ways that one can fix a broken or detached bezel hinge. Most require heat that discolors the bezel if you aren't very careful. When I arrive to see the clock, sure enough, a rubber band was holding the bezel on.

Cautiously I removed the rubber band to begin determining a course of action and to give the customer the good or bad news. Much to my surprise, as the rubber band released the bezel, it swung open. It didn't fall into my hands; but, pivoted on the hinge and stood open.

What I discovered was that it was not a hinge problem. It was a alignment and clasp problem. Attached are several images that I hope show what I am dealing with. I am guessing that because the hinge has screws that look like they can help re-align the bezel to the face, alignment correction will be the first step.

The clasp will be the challenge. I don't know what it should look like. Is it a spring, a button, a crimp in the bezel? I know that it will need to be put into place to secure the bezel when closed and allow for it to be opened with a firm pull.

So I have rambled on long enough to give you an foundation for you wise counsel. Let me know your thoughts.

Thankful to get by with a little help from my friends,

Frank

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The 'holding' part of the bezel might be broken. A small springy clip would catch it and hold it closed. If so, not a hard fix, but will require heat.
 

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I am thinking a clip (spring like) or something is missing. Searching for an image. With a little help from a friend, this is an image from the web. Still not really clear.

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I have the exact clock and the latch is part of the tab used to open the bezel. I'v attached photos of the bezel/latch and where it latches on the case. 20220708_063517.jpg 20220708_063533_Burst01.jpg 20220708_063534.jpg 20220708_063612_Burst01.jpg 20220708_063635.jpg 20220708_063916_Burst01.jpg
 

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velocityloop

Welcome to the forum where we all get a little help from our friends.

These images show me exactly what I need to fabricate and attach to this bezel to make it right again.

Thank you
 
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I'm dealing with the same situation on an Enfield tambour clock at the moment, except the hinge is not adjustable. There is no hardware associated with the catch - merely a dimple in the edge of the dial and a depression on the bezel frame. It appears the hinge was slightly sprung; I reformed it by placing a couple of popsicle sticks at the 6- and 12-o'clock positions and pushing the frame against them slightly.

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someone else suggested I just do some metal forming....

Schatznut : I think our situations are similar; but, not exactly the same. Is your hinge (although not adjustable) mounted to the case with screws under the dial? Perhaps that is where you might be able to reduce wear and adjust (?).
 

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The hinge is integral to the bezel - looks like it was welded in place, making the bezel a one-piece assembly. The whole bezel and dial pan assembly drops into the case and is actually mounted with nails driven radially into the case.
 

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