Mauthe carriage clock.

Darrmann39

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I bought this and have it coming. 1900 mauthe carriage clock with I'm thinking silver plating. I have no experience cleaning silver plate. Is there anything i can do to clean up the case. A little rust it looks like where the door closes and various black spots. What should i use.
Have the missing alarm knob coming already which is missing.

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new2clocks

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Cool, thanks for showing that. Other ones I've looked at had more of a u handle winder on alarm winder. Yours looks original or at least the same as one above it.
You clean it?
Never cleaned it, other than dusting.

This style of clocks are called "Jokers", based on the Seth Thomas version of this style. They named it the "Joker" and the name continued as a description of the style.

Regards.
 
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tracerjack

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I think they are nickel plated. If polished too much, the brass will begin to show, so other than light rubbing, leave the silver part alone. Yours looks to be in excellent condition. The brass parts can be polished if you want a brighter look. But again, yours looks lovely.
 
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Darrmann39

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I think they are nickel plated. If polished too much, the brass will begin to show, so other than light rubbing, leave the silver part alone. Yours looks to be in excellent condition. The brass parts can be polished if you want a brighter look. But again, yours looks lovely.
I finally got my clock. It's pretty dang nice. Did a basic cleanup and really all it needed besides the time adjustment knob i made modifying a round hand nut
Funny thing correct me if I'm wrong but there's No shut off for alarm

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No, there is not. All you can do is either partially wind the alarm mainspring so it doesn’t last very long, move the alarm set knob to stop it - or not wind the alarm mainspring at all.
 
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I agree with TJ, you have to be careful with old nickel plate. If you do decide to polish it, I would recommend Renaissance Wax. It’s not cheap, and not that easy to find, but Rockler and Woodcraft stores both carry it, and it’s also available through Amazon. It’s not as aggressive as say, automotive rubbing compound, so don’t expect miracles, but the flip side to that is that it is safe, and museum curators use it to clean and polish priceless heirlooms. I have several nickel-plated guns from the turn of the century that I use it on, and I’ve been very pleased with the results.
 
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