Need advice on a vintage 8 day clock

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  1. Tom L.

    Tom L. New Member

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    I've recently begun to collect a few clocks, and my wife added the pictured clock this past week.

    I have not tested it as yet to see if it works correctly, but gave it a quick clean-up.

    I pulled the 'ring' on the back left as shown in photo 2 to see what it does, but it appears it has disconnected the clock movement? - something is moving around inside that wasn't before.

    I need to confirm the to open this clock that I would remove the three front bolts and remove the hands.

    Any help to a rookie would be much appreciated!

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  2. Uhralt

    Uhralt Registered User
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    Yes, you need to remove the hands first and then remove the front screws. The face of the clock will come off and you can access the movement. I believe the ring you pulled is to start the balance wheel (or pendulum if the clock has a short pendulum) after winding the clock if for some reason the clock has stopped before winding. You will see what it is when you open the clock.

    Good luck.

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  3. stewey

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    After you have done what Uhralt suggested, take a photo of the movement and post it here...We would be interested to see what you have.
     
  4. Rockin Ronnie

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    Looks like a Forestville plate clock. You might have a time only movement that looks like this. The wire could be connected to a speed adjuster.

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  5. roughbarked

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    The back plate cover can be lifted off to see the movement. The three screws do need to be removed to separate the movement from the plate as described. Nice plate. Unusual for me to see one of that design.
     
  6. Uhralt

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    Interesting. What holds the back cover in place? Is it just friction?

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    Yes. It is pressed in like the lid of a can. As far as I can see from here it looks to be this type.
     
  8. Tom L.

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    Thanks for the replies!

    Well - here are some photos of what I have to deal with - showing both sides of the movement. I see no maker's markings on the movement.

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  9. Rockin Ronnie

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    I have a couple of shelf clocks with that movement. Mine are not marked but I suspect they are German. Easy to work on, tough to get just right to run.

    Ron

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  10. Uhralt

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    As I suspected, the ring is connected to a lever to give the pendulum a push to start the clock going.

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  11. Tom L.

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    Thanks, guys, for all the help. The clock is up and running!
     
  12. Uhralt

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    Great, that was quick and painless!

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