Tick Talk Tuesday #15 -what size clock key do I need?

Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I have received from you, the reader, concerning your clock, issues you might have had, challenges you face or a clock you would like me to profile and my responses to your questions with advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circles for the best possible answer.

CM writes,

4 and 5 prong keys and singles
4 and 5 prong keys and singles

“Hello, I just read your article about keys for wind-up clocks. I have a parlor clock that belonged to my parents. It is on the wall, has a pendulum & requires winding. I believe that it is from the early 1980’s. And made by The Time Mfg. Co. However, I do not have a key – seems that it was lost prior to my getting it. Can you tell me what kind of key I need to get for it? And do you have any that would fit my clock that I could purchase? Thank you so much & have a great day.”

My reply,

“Hi CM. Thanks for coming to my blog. If it is made in the 1980s it is likely Chinese or Korean but it is hard to tell unless I see a photo. If I am correct these are 31 day movements. You could measure the arbours which will tell you the size but it likely takes a #6 or a #8 key which you can find here.”

2 thoughts on “Tick Talk Tuesday #15 -what size clock key do I need?

  1. Hi my name his Bruno Lacoste i would like to no wath is a fare price for that particular clock it fonction with a ball bearing it was made by Dent co in anglan in the year 1882
    It is the first time i have the oportunity to have one and seem’s the problem is just a mater of polishing the brass plate where the ball goes tank you for your poste i look at it often i repair clock for a couple of jewelry but don’t have time for recerch

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. These are intriguing clocks to watch but I have never actually seen one except in pictures. Reproductions go for 1500US so I imagine an original one in fine condition would fetch a considerably higher price. You would have to have a professional appraisal done to know its true value.



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