Ansonia Crystal Regulator clock – Part I – disassembly

This is Part I of a three (3) part series. In Part I I discuss disassembly and servicing the mainsprings. In Part II, the movement and in Part II restoring the brass case. My wife found this 1910 Ansonia Crystal Regulator in the late summer 2018 while antique shopping. In the 1905 Ansonia Crystal Regulator … More Ansonia Crystal Regulator clock – Part I – disassembly

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FMS Mauthe “Horse Crown” wall clock – servicing the movement

Most refer to the name “Horse Crown” when describing this clock and it is easy to see why. Many would also consider it a Vienna Regulator style of clock. I have been putting off servicing this movement for a while and a long time has passed since it was properly serviced. So, let’s get started. … More FMS Mauthe “Horse Crown” wall clock – servicing the movement

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Sometimes working on clocks can be a pain – literally!

I had just completed servicing this German Mauthe time and strike wall clock and everything seemed to be going well. It was keeping good time,striking on the half hour as it should and maintaining a consistent an 8-day cycle. During my regular Saturday clock winding ritual, I decided to begin with this clock. I inserted … More Sometimes working on clocks can be a pain – literally!

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What is this clock thing for? #3 – the let-down key

Some folks collect clocks without actually working on them. Collecting clocks and repairing them are two very different things. I know people who would gladly send their clocks out for servicing and don’t seem to mind the extra cost. I like to do my own work. If you work on your own clocks or service … More What is this clock thing for? #3 – the let-down key

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My antique clock stopped, what do I do?

There are four general categories of clock mechanisms; quartz, electro-mechanical, electric and mechanical. Mechanical clocks be they antique or vintage types are the the focus of this post. It may surprise some to know that mechanical clocks need periodic winding Let’s assume you came here because you have a mechanical clock. It might have been … More My antique clock stopped, what do I do?

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Jauch Drop Octagon – one problem I cannot address…..yet!

We often cruise the HiBid sites. While they may be wholly Canadian I am sure there are similar sites in the US. HiBid are a hosting service for antique online auction companies and from time to time clocks come up on estate sales. One day in early February 2017 we were on a Nova Scotia … More Jauch Drop Octagon – one problem I cannot address…..yet!

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More fascinating terms – the language of clocks

Regular reader and contributor JC suggested a few more clock terms I thought readers and fellow horologists might find interesting. My source for this article is the Watch and Clock Encyclopedia by Donald de Clarke, published by Bonanza Books (1984) which is still available on Amazon. Gridiron pendulum: A pendulum consisting of alternating steels and … More More fascinating terms – the language of clocks

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Sessions Westminster A mantel clock Part II – Dis-assembly

This is Part II of a multi part series on the Sessions Westminster A chiming mantel clock. Inside the plates they are a conventional Sessions clock. Outside the plates is an entirely different story Sessions Westminster A clocks are true chiming clocks that play the Westminster chime sequences on the quarter hours and strike the … More Sessions Westminster A mantel clock Part II – Dis-assembly

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Halifax Explosion and the Junghans Crispi clock – Part II – servicing the movement

This is an antique German Junghans time and strike spring driven clock made in the style of a Vienna Regulator. It came to me as a box of parts. To some a box of clock parts and pieces is discouraging but to me it is a challenge. Part II of a three part series on … More Halifax Explosion and the Junghans Crispi clock – Part II – servicing the movement

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A curious little Blackforest shelf clock

Shelf clocks such as the one pictured have always been hard to find though I did stumble upon this one very recently (April 2016) at an antique store in Great Village, Nova Scotia. Why, because of their cheap construction and inexpensive movements, not many of these clocks have survived over the years. This one might have had a … More A curious little Blackforest shelf clock

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Clock Repair Tools

It is time to buy the tools I need for clock repair. I have begun the process in that I already have a number of basic tools to get me started; pliers, letdown chucks, screwdrivers etc. However, my first significant tool is an Ollie Baker Mainspring Winder which arrived from the USA today. It is pictured here. … More Clock Repair Tools

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A Barrel of Fun

I am continuing to work on my Dugena mantel clock with the  Hermle movement. Everything seemed to go well after assembly but for an issue with the strike barrel. Was it serious problem or a fairly simple fix? It was the latter. Something was definitely amiss since the winding arbor was not engaging on the … More A Barrel of Fun

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