New Haven "Abbey" Gothic Mantel Chime Clock c.1925

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  1. davidpaul

    davidpaul Registered User

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    This clock is keeping good time and the Westminster chimes work as they should.

    The case needs a small amount of repair in a few places.


    some time during the next few weeks I plan on tearing this one down completely so that I can repair and refinish the case properly and clean/oil the movement. Of course, the brass will get polished and clear coated, as well.
     

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  2. Brian Smith

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    Since nobody is responding, I will say that I covet your clock.
     
  3. harold bain

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    I would suggest purchasing Steven Conovers Chime Clock Repair book before stripping this one down. It will save you days of time trying to figure it out.
     
  4. davidpaul

    davidpaul Registered User

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    Brian,

    There is no need to "covet" my clock. You can have it for the right price............Just kidding, of course. I know this clock will be a bit of work repairing the outer shell, but I am looking forward to it.

    I have already purchased the proper color and texture of cloth that was in the original "door".

    Definitely looking forward to making this look as close as I can to the original.

    Thanks for the response. Makes me feel good that I purchased it.

    By the way, I spotted this on a lower shelf, in the back of a second hand store. I almost didn't even see it but when I did, I fell in love immediately. Even my wife was impressed. She is a total supporter of my weird hobby and quite frankly, I think she loves the finished product as much as I do.

    Fortunately, she is a lover of all antiques, including yours truly. :) Seventy four years does qualify, doesn't it??

    David <><
     
  5. davidpaul

    davidpaul Registered User

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    Brian,

    I appreciate your advice and will definitely look into the purchase of that book prior to working on this clock.

    The New Haven "Abbey" deserves the very best.

    David <><
     
  6. insomniacshotrods

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    Gonna be a nice clock it has a lot of character. Look forward to seeing it done.
     
  7. Dave T

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    I see these clocks come up on rare occasion, and really like the style. Not sure what you have planned for the cabinet, but it looks to me as if it will clean up nicely.
    Look forward to seeing the finished product.
     
  8. beechleaf

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    Very very nice clock.
     
  9. davidpaul

    davidpaul Registered User

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    Abbey Movement Tear Down.jpg Started the tear down process on the Abbey today.

    Gave the movement a nice sonic bath and got it oiled. It has been running very strong all day. I think I will only have to adjust the hammers when it goes back into the case.

    I plan on stripping the case completely. The old finish has a lot of checking. I will get it a bit lighter in color and have the beautiful Mahogany grain come through.
     

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  10. davidpaul

    davidpaul Registered User

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    The refurb is completed on this New Haven "Abbey".

    Their attention to detail regarding the construction of these clocks is fantastic. I almost forgot how to put it back together again. There are a lot of parts holding the movement to the case.

    I did take a few pictures during disassembly but should have taken more. At least I didn't have any parts left over.;)

    By the way, it runs beautifully. 20160307_200643.jpg 20160307_200504.jpg 20160307_200559.jpg
     

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