Seth Thomas Ships Bell

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George Schultz

I can't solve this proglem and need advise. I have a seth thomas ships bell vintage 1928 I think, and got it working exept that on the half hour it does not half gong. example, at 4 o'clock it chimes 8 bells but at 4.30 it chimes 2 bells, not 1 bell like it is supposed to.
Can I get advise as what to look for? Thanks George
 

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Check out this link for the correct sequence: Click Here
I think it indicates that one bell is correct for 4:30 (but correct me if I'm wrong :))

Ooops - I guess I did not read slow enough for it to sink in :) Anyway, the link might be helpful to others so I'll leave it. You can just ignore my ramblings :)

 

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You need to check the count wheel assembly. If I recall, the movement you are talking about almost looks like the ST time and strike from the period. The correct sequence should be:

12:00 8 bells
12:30 1 bell
1:00 2 bells
1:30 3 bells
2:00 4 bells
2:30 5 bells
3:00 6 bells
3:30 7 bells
4:00 8 bells
4:30 1 bell and so on...

Keep us posted!
 

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Hmmm - if it's a count wheel, I don't see how it could miss the half hour (striking twice after 8) consistently. It's worth checking (in case a count wheel groove was messed up) but I'm dubious. I'm sorry that I can't offer a better idea. Perhaps you could verify that it's a count wheel for us at least.
 

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Check out Goodrich's book, "The Modern Clock". It has a section on Seth Thomas Ships clocks setup. Probably available thur the NAWCC Library.
 

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Sorry I don't have a pic of the movement to which I referred, but here's the case it was in. I thought it was a simple tambour t/s, until I looked inside! It's a hairspring movement with a countwheel for the strike. There's a lever on the right side of the dial to advance the ships strike if it goes out of sequence. A very unique item!

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