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Clock Need mainspring, Admiral Sampson

Jimary

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I have a 1900s Admiral Sampson clock that has always been in the family that has broken its mainspring. My clock repair shop is having difficulty locating a mainspring. Any assistance would be appreciated in finding a replacement mainspring.
Jim
 

Kevin W.

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Pictures of this movement would really help.
 

Ralph

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I have a 1900s Admiral Sampson clock that has always been in the family that has broken its mainspring. My clock repair shop is having difficulty locating a mainspring. Any assistance would be appreciated in finding a replacement mainspring.
Jim
Do you have the size of the spring? L x W x Thickness(strength).

Ralph
 

Jimary

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Do you have the size of the spring? L x W x Thickness(strength).

Ralph
No, and really not knowledgeable enough to attempt measuring. The clock is in our clock repair shop (this shop has worked on 2 of our antiques clocks for many yrs and trusted, but never ADM Sampson) so I don't have access for photos. Repair shop said they could replace the entire workings, I was hesitant since it was my greatgrandad's and wanted it original. Is works replacement my best route?
 

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Is this one of the clocks with an image of Admiral Sampson stamped in the wooden crown top of the clock?
 

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I wouldn't let them replace the movement. On the spring, ask them what they are looking for in the way of a spring. They should be able to tell you the dimensions.

Ralph
 

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This sounds like the Welch SAW commemorative clock named the Sampson, So far as I know, it used a standard 8-day Welch movement. I don't understand the difficulty in ,locating a suitable mainspring.
 

Jimary

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This is the clock, yes, it has a 8 day movement and E.N. Welch on the key. Is there a source for the mainspring?

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Steven Thornberry

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This is the clock, yes, it has a 8 day movement and E.N. Welch on the key. Is there a source for the mainspring?

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Unless there is something about the mainspring that makes it unique, I should imagine that a replacement could be found at Timesavers. I hope someone corrects me if I am misunderstanding something here.
 

Jimary

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Visited my clock shop today to get spring dimensions and they indicated they have located the mainspring and it is on order.

A sincere thank you to everyone who replied and offered to assist in this search, I look forward to seeing the Admiral Sampson back on my mantle.
Jim
 
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