Servicing this clock from the Canada Clock Company was a real challenge as I encountered many issues that conspired to slow my progress.
I found this clock in an antique shop in downtown Truro, Nova Scotia at basically a give-away price. The seller knew nothing about the Canada Clock Co. and that was fine with me.
So, what happens when amateurs and backyard mechanics get their hands on a movement. Read on.
But first, a little about the short-lived Canada Clock Co.
The Canada Clock Company in its three iterations made clocks in Ontario, Canada between 1872 and 1884. The Canada Clock Co, the Hamilton Clock Co. and then Canada Clock Co. (redux) struggled over a 12 year period to put Canada on the clock-making map. Ultimately their efforts failed. Nonetheless, there are a number of fine examples that have survived to this day
The clock is a 30-hour time and strike movement on a bell. It is the “Hamilton Cottage Extra”, one of the least expensive in their line of cottage clocks.
The case, which is in fair condition, reflects the age of the clock, grimy with numerous chips and scuff marks. Constructed of pine with a walnut stain finish the case has a minimum of decorative features and reflects the muted Victorian style of the times. The label is in fair condition and there is a stamp on the top of the label which says, “…A Hill &Co.”.
The lower part of the tablet has an etched glass floral design common on Canada Clock Company clocks. The dial face is flaked in places, has been “touched up” and will need attention.
The Maltese hands are original.
I tested the movement while in the case. The time side runs with a little encouragement while the strike side has the typical run-on strike when things fall out of adjustment.
Assessment of the Movement
When I disassembled the movement there were a few unexpected surprises. I now have answers for a movement that is running poorly.
Both mainsprings had been modified, a very old repair. I try not to be judgemental when I see this and respect the folks that made every effort to keep their clocks running as best they could often with limited means. However, these look dangerous and must be replaced.
Now on to other issues.
This is the strike side. What are the correct positions for the levers? Bent so many times it will take trial and error to find precisely where the levers should go.
The hammer is actually a copper wire wound around 2 nuts and it is loose in the arbour.
There is enough helper spring to wrap around the pillar but someone thought the string was necessary. It will be replaced with a new spring.
While the bell may be original, Judging from the number of holes, it has been relocated and raised to work with the home-made hammer.
The movement is a disappointing mess but not unfixable. In the clock business, you must expect the unexpected. In the meantime, I can clean the parts and perform pivot polishing and bushing work while I await parts.
I am determined to get this clock running so, stay tuned for the movement servicing and dial painting!