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Original hand style and size for French clock

Nibsey

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Having difficulty determining which hands will fit this French clock. Any ideas on the original style, length and square spindle size? Timesavers has a bunch of options and a set with a 2mm square bushing proved too small to fit this... it’s a 4” dial edge to edge.

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howtorepairpendulumclocks

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Looks like you have the hand bosses there behind the collet? Hands just snapped off. If you have access to micro-silver soldering kit or know a friendly jeweller, retain the bosses, saves you a heap of work. hand design? Spade, trefoil, moon (Breguet style), all would be ok, blued steel. Hope this helps...
 

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howtorepairpendulumclocks

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You know about relatively low-temperature 'soft' soldering, the technique that has a bad reputation but is incredibly useful if done neatly? Well there is a higher temperature and stronger version that uses silver solder like jewellers or silversmiths use. for jobs like this with steel where you have a small joint that can withstand higher temperatures, it is a useful technique to have at your disposal. You'll need some 'easy-flow' solder, a small gas torch, one of those micro-torches will just about work for these small hands and you will need some flux, the traditional borax cone works well. As always, practice on scrap pieces of metal first. Look at some jewellery making or silver-smithing YouTube vids first as those people are the experts here.
 

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