Tick Talk Tuesday #24 – key required for family clock

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Tick Talk Tuesday #24 – key required for family clock.

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

DM from Colorado writes.

“Dear Ron,

I hope you can help me. I have become in possession of our old family clock that my great grandfather brought for the old farmhouse. The clock is working but I do not have a key. I was hoping that you could sell me the right key to fit the clock. What I can read from the back sticker is ” Regulator H” and there may be another letter after that. “The sessions clock company of Forestville Connecticut.”  Attached is the photo, any help would be great.

Sessions time and strike wall clock

Thank you for any help you can give me, would like to get in good working order.  Has not been used in decades.  Attached photo.”

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

My reply:

“Hi DM

I am not a parts supplier but in the US the biggest supplier is Timesavers. Another supplier is Merritt’s. Most American clocks require a #6 key. If you have other mechanical clocks in your home try those keys first.

You will want the correct size key. This article is a discussion of clock key sizes and how to measure the one for your clock.


Should you acquire a new key and find that the clock is not running it will likely need a good cleaning if it has not run in decades.

Hope that helps


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