Solar time and strike mantel clock by Eatons – first look

This is the first look at a diminutive mantel clock sold by T. Eaton & Co. in the 1960s. Eaton’s was a Canadian department store chain that was once Canada’s largest. It was founded in 1869 in Toronto by Timothy Eaton an immigrant from Ireland. Eaton’s grew to become a retail and social institution in … More Solar time and strike mantel clock by Eatons – first look

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Refinements to a tall case clock test stand

Those involved in clock repair must use a special stand for testing tall case clock movements. There are many varieties of stands most of which are home-built though commercial ones are available in the $2-300 range. Early last year (2020) I purchased a Scottish tall case clock. Those familiar with English bell strike movements know … More Refinements to a tall case clock test stand

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Mauthe box clock – In clock repair, fine-tune adjustments are part of the experience

Do you ever run into those situations working with clock movements when one little thing is so annoying? I recently serviced one of my box clocks, a Mauthe with a bim-bam strike. Everything went according to plan except for one small issue; the strike side was misbehaving. I’ll explain a little later but first something … More Mauthe box clock – In clock repair, fine-tune adjustments are part of the experience

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Junghans bracket clock – a small detail makes a big difference

A small change makes a big difference on a Junghans mantel clock from 1911. Let me explain. Back in September 2020, I bought a German-made Junghans bracket style clock. It is 14 inches high by 10 inches wide by 6 inches deep, mahogany veneered, attractive brass accents, and a carrying handle on a curved domed … More Junghans bracket clock – a small detail makes a big difference

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Junghans bracket clock – cleaning a silvered dial and brass accents

Lately, I have been working on a stately bracket clock by Junghans from the latter part of 1911. I love the look of this clock though some would say it is quite plain. The Regency style veneered mahogany case of this time and strike bracket clock is in reasonably good condition save for a small … More Junghans bracket clock – cleaning a silvered dial and brass accents

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Tick Talk Tuesday #28 – What’s it for? The double ended key

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 or my responses to your questions with advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that stump … More Tick Talk Tuesday #28 – What’s it for? The double ended key

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Junghans bracket clock – servicing the movement

I posted the first look at this clock a while back. The Regency style veneered mahogany case of this Junghans time and strike bracket clock is in reasonably good shape save for a small piece of veneer missing on the front right corner and replacement chrome feet which look decidedly out of place. The movement … More Junghans bracket clock – servicing the movement

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Anniversary clock repair – a replacement suspension spring

Let me begin by saying that some people have good luck with torsion clocks and while others loathe them. For such a simple device they provide misery for some and it is no wonder that clock repairers steer away from them. I seem to be one of the lucky ones. I gifted this clock to … More Anniversary clock repair – a replacement suspension spring

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Forestville mantel clock servicing – not fun when things go wrong! Part II

Back in October (2020), I wrote about the challenges of working on this mantel clock by Forestville. Recap so far It is a nondescript Art Deco-style German mantel clock made in the 1960s sold under the Forestville name, a Toronto-based company that assembled clocks up to the 1970s. The rack and snail movement is relatively … More Forestville mantel clock servicing – not fun when things go wrong! Part II

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Approaching 200,000 views and 58,000+views so far this year

Five years ago I attended a workshop on WordPress at our local community college. It taught me more about blogging than I ever knew. The idea of a clock blog intrigued me but it is a lot of work, there is much learning and it was not something I wanted to design from the ground … More Approaching 200,000 views and 58,000+views so far this year

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The essential clock repair library according to Antiquevintageclock.com

Whether you are working on your first clock movement or have repaired dozens, instructional resources, I believe, are essential. There is only so much information gained from a YouTube video (sadly some information is plain wrong) or how-to instructions online and there comes a point in time when you simply must have more detailed information. … More The essential clock repair library according to Antiquevintageclock.com

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Tick Talk Tuesday #28 – How do I fix my Waterbury ogee?

Tick-Talk Tuesday is about the letters and comments I receive from you, the reader, concerning your clock, issues you might have had, challenges you face or a clock you would like me to profile. I give my responses to your question(s) and provide advice on your particular clock concern. For those comments and questions that … More Tick Talk Tuesday #28 – How do I fix my Waterbury ogee?

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Daylight Savings Time ends – time to set your clocks behind one hour

Let’s get rid of DST. It is anachronistic, a dumb nuisance and there is no place for it in our modern world. Today, of the 195 countries in the world, approximately 70 countries utilize Daylight Saving Time in at least a portion of the country. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form … More Daylight Savings Time ends – time to set your clocks behind one hour

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Forestville mantel clock servicing – not fun when things go wrong! Part I

This post is about a mantel clock made by the Forestville Clock Company of Canada and some challenges servicing the movement. In 2013 we were on a visit to the Thousand Islands and stopped at an antique store in Gananoque, Ontario. As my wife and I were strolling through the store and she noticed this … More Forestville mantel clock servicing – not fun when things go wrong! Part I

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