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Interesting, I do have welding equipment Ralph but sadly it is a mig welder so a tad too heavy duty for this sort of thing!I’ve repaired a number of hands, gas welding. It’s not for everyone, but works,, and you can reblue the hand afterwards.
Gas welding lends itself nicely to repairing racks, bell stands, even arbors, …and most other steel components of antique clock movements.
It is usual to have the hour tapered like that in earlier clocks. You don't tough the hour, the minute hand is the one used to change the time so that has to be strong enough to be turned with a finger.Interesting, I do have welding equipment Ralph but sadly it is a mig welder so a tad too heavy duty for this sort of thing!
My concern is the way this has broken, the 3 points are so thin and fragile. I find it slightly bizarre that the minute hand is a fine sturdy construction yet the hour hand is less than 1mm thick….weird!
Ah ok, that makes sense. I wonder if perhaps it isn’t original in that case. I had a look on eBay to see if there might be a suitable replacement but there seemed to be none with a similar size or shape mounting hole.It is usual to have the hour tapered like that in earlier clocks. You don't tough the hour, the minute hand is the one used to change the time so that has to be strong enough to be turned with a finger.
There are specialists in the UK who can make a new hand for you with the old one as a pattern. I had one made but I do not have contact details now (too long ago).Afternoon all, I have a slight spanner in the works. My hour hand has snapped It happened when I was trying to shine it up a bit for blueing.
by the looks of things it has been repaired in the past but it is incredibly thin. The points it has broken at this time, I doubt very much there is the possibility of soldering.
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What are my options here….I doubt soldering is possible tbh….I had considered loctite and paint Matt black forgetting about blueing.
Or someone mentioned a company that could laser cut a replacement?