Unknown movement - Repeater?

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  1. SCinBZ

    SCinBZ Registered User
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    Does anyone recognize this movement? I've never seen the thing in the upper-right, although I'm reasonably new. There also appears to be a hammer and a "bell" strip. Any help is appreciated.

    MarvinM

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  2. SCinBZ

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    There seems to be the word Huguenin engraved in the engraved silver and enamel case, but no there markings.
     
  3. jess tauber

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    This is definitely a later model repeater movement. Earlier movements didn't have the vibrating balls feature, just hammers that hit a gong wire that wrapped around the rim of the movement.

    Jess Tauber
     
  4. gmorse

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    Hi MarvinM,

    Those 'vibrating balls' are the centrifugal governor which controls the speed of striking and are indeed a later method of achieving this. Earlier movements used a small verge and crown wheel escapement, (rather like an alarm), or a blind pinion at the end of the striking train whose depth with the previous wheel could be adjusted to alter the degree of friction.

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    Graham
     
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  5. dshumans

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    Yes, that's a centrifugal speed governor for the repeater. If you look closely, there are 2 hammers, not one, and 2 gong rods. That is so it can chime the hours and quarter hours using 2 tones. There should be a push button or slide to activate the repeater to chime the time. It may even be the crown which can be pushed down, as the plate layout is similar to a "trip repeater". It won't chime well now as there is a missing screw for the gong block that holds the gongs, and may have other issues.
    Doug
     
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