My New 40 lbs. French Slate S. Marti clock

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  1. Robert Ryan

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    Purchased from an online marketplace.....disassembled with no pendulum, and top slate loose. This S. Marti & Cie, Medialle De Bronze, clock with open escapement has been an enjoyable clock to bring to life. I found a pendulum online...just came today and clock is ticking...it will take some time to see about its regulation.

    In any event, the strike on gong, on the hour and half hour is pleasant. Still not sure if I am happy with the slate showing some gray spots and a faint stain from some object being placed on it...but mechanically it appears to be fine. One thing is for sure....I won't be moving it often.

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    Great! The good thing about the movement is it should tell you what length pendulum it needs.
     
  3. Robert Ryan

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    I believe it requires a pendulum of about 5 inches...which I was able to find online. Right now the running clock is gaining time, but there is plenty of adjustment to correct for that. I am really enjoying the Brocot open escapement.
     
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    We also have a Big Bertha with a visible escapement...beautiful clocks. A regular rub with linseed oil keeps the black looking good and doesn't collect too much dust if you rub it in properly.
     
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  5. Kevin W.

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    Very nice find your French clocks, i really like the black slate, and thanks too for the linseed tip, love clocks.
     
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    Thanks for the linseed oil tip. Been thinking about refreshing the gold decor ....this clock also uses silver in what I will call the leaves in the decor. Very hard to tell in the photo. Anyway something to ponder.

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    Yes, I debated doing this myself with Bertha but I don't have very steady hands. This is our other slate one. The gold inlays on this one are in good condition and it makes a lot of difference to the appearance.
     
  8. Robert Ryan

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    The Mrs. is an artist...so if I tried and failed ...she could come to my rescue....once again.

    Still pondering.....

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    I redid the gold coloured insets on mine some time ago. I used gold paint for it and painted outside the edges, then ran a very sharp blade across the top and it came out really good.

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    Wow, what a difference!

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  11. Robert Ryan

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    Indeed it did... looks awesome ... you have given me motivation to give it a try. Any tip on what paint to use? Thanks
     
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    And thanks the wise folks on this forum, I was able to make the slate shine and the gold come back to life.
    I over painted the decoration and razor bladed the excess off.... and applied linseed oil to bring back the shine. I am pleased with the results.
    The movement has been keeping accurate time for a couple days, up to this point. Thank you, markiemark and Love Clocks.

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  13. JTD

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    Nice job - well done!

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    #14 Burkhard Rasch, Sep 19, 2019
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    verry impressive clock,congrats! Just to ad what´s being said allready : if You have to move the clock never grab it with Your fingers "under the roof" but allways by the bottom part.These cases are assembled of various parts hold together by plaster and iron clamps.The plaster often becomes brittle over the time and the iron wires are prone to rust , and the cases are heavy , so it could happen that You find only the top part lifting and the case desintegrated.
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  15. Robert Ryan

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    My plan is not move it anymore....I did weigh it and yes it does weigh in a 40 lbs. Good advice, thanks.
     
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    Working on this S. Marti...I let down the springs and when I went to wind them it felt like both the time and strike mainspring had become unhooked from either the arbor or barrel. Today I opened the time barrel to this unexpected scene. Interesting challenge for a complete rookie.

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    This is the strike mainspring .....odd breakage....pulled out many segments.....once again not what I might have expected to see.

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  18. JTD

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    It looks rusty, almost as if someone tried cleaning it without taking the spring out of the barrel and the cleaning fluid remained.

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    Very rusty....what now amazes me is that the clock actually ran and struck....though it did often stop. Looking forward to having run with new mainsprings.
     

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