Help Old French clock part identification

beststevens

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old french clock from 1800's - that's all I know about it. There is a piece that is broken - the little tip that slides in the part that I show in the pictures. Any idea what it's called so I can replace it? Thanks in advance.

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Uhralt

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What Uhralt is referring to is it appears in your picture that the pivot (or axle) is broken off the gear you show. Pivots are machined into a part as it is made. You can not buy a pivot itself only a replacement part with it machined into it, if the part is available which is not likely on old clocks. What has been suggested is to have the old part repaired by a machinist who will drill a hole in your gear and insert an new hardened wire pivot (which is really just a round steel rod) hope this helps. Joe.
 

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Is this a clock that chimes on the quarter-hours? It appears to have three winding arbors, and one of the parts you show appears to be a four-ramp cam, which would be used on such a clock.

Please take better pictures and post them. Include a picture of the clock dial so it's clear if this clock has three winding arbors. As it stands it's not possible to advise you properly.
 

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Is this a clock that chimes on the quarter-hours? It appears to have three winding arbors, and one of the parts you show appears to be a four-ramp cam, which would be used on such a clock.

Please take better pictures and post them. Include a picture of the clock dial so it's clear if this clock has three winding arbors. As it stands it's not possible to advise you properly.

I'll take more pics - it is a 3 winder and it bongs differently then most of them. Kind of hard to explain - it bongs 1 time then what ever the hr is at 15 after, bongs 2 times and whatever the hr is at half hour etc.
 

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I believe you have a grande sonnerie movement. It is often called a “blind mans clock”. It strikes on two gongs every 15 minutes. The two gongs are tuned to different pitches. At 1/4 after the hour it strikes once on one gong followed by the hour count on the other gong. At 1/2 after the hour it strikes twice on one gong followed the hour count on the other gong. It continues in that sequence till the hour when it strikes four times on one gong followed by the new hour count on the other gong.
As Uhralt and Clokwiz said, you will need to repair that broken pivot. This is a very nice movement. Can you show us the case? I suspect it came out of a nice Austrian Vienna regulator.
 

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