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  1. How fast are you running motor, it looks like oxidisation, are you spinning the parts too fast and aerating the cleaning solution ?
  2. An excellent book to look out for that goes into great detail on the repair and restoration of carriage clocks is "The Carriage Clock: A Repair and Restoration Manual" by Laurie Penman it is a comprehensive book on the subject and can be picked up quite cheap on Ebay.
  3. https://www.aliexpress.com/i/32956347044.html
  4. Rolex will probably have straps still available for these watches they will be expensive but no where near as expensive as a Rolex bracelet. The problem with these bracelets is that they are of a intergrated design in as far as fitting to the watch so it makes it very difficult to adapt any other bracelet to fit apart from leather bands, there is one on ebay at the moment but it is a steel and gold plated version.
  5. This will be of interest to military watch collectors: Obituary Guardian 14/10/19 written by Jon Silverman : " Founder of the Cabot Watch Company, whose stopwatches were used by officials in the 1983 FA Cup final" "My father-in-law, Raymond Mellor, who has died aged 95, was a considerable figure in the world of clocks and watches. In 1962 he set up the London office of the Swiss-based Hamilton Watch Company, and later, when it was taken over by an American concern, he established his own firm, the Cabot Watch Company( named after one of his heroes, the 15th-century explorer John Cabot), whose distinctive CWC stopwatches are still in circulation. In 1983, Cabot supplied the timepieces with which the referee and linesmen officiated in the FA cup final between Manchester United and Brighton .Benefiting from complimentary tickets,I watched the game(as a United supporter) with passionate interest while,next to me, Ray's attention wandered between his own watch and the actions of the referee, on edge lest the timekeeping be found at fault. Ray was born in Chiswick, west London, the son of Polish Ukrainian emigres, Elizabeth(nee Bulinsky) and Nachum Chmelnitzsky (who changed his name to Norman Mellor when he became a British citizen). Norman later worked for the BBC. Ray went to Harrow county school but left at the outbreak of the second world war and through family connections, joined a tug company in Bristol. At the age of 16 Ray was running the company's offices at the Avonmouth Docks and, at night, firewatching on the ships at the height of the blitz. Later he joined the merchant navy, working as a purser on the Cunard troop ships, including the Queen Elizabeth, during the battle of the Atlantic. At the end of the war he returned and met Phyllis Canter on the 183 bus. They married in 1948. By then Ray had had enough of the sea, and joined a chain of cutlery and watch shops owned by Phyllis's uncle, rising to be joint manager before joining the Hamilton Watch Company. Ray had a fine bass voice and, at one time, contemplated a career as a professional singer, but realised he would probably not make it to the top. However, in 1962 he joined the New Philharmonia Chorus and sang with them for 12 years, in the UK and abroad, under most of the great conductors from Klemperer to Giulini and sharing the stage with such singers as Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers. Ray was master of the Clockmakers Company in 1987-88, chairman and later president of the British Horological Institute, chairman of the watch and Clock Importers Association and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Phyllis died in 2000. Ray is survived by their children, Jackie and Simon, and four grandchildren, Alex, Daniel, Phoebe and Imogen. Jon Silverman. "
  6. No there isn't a photo would have made that damage clear, but I assumed it had prick punching performed, I have seen many bad repairs that would have actually taken longer to bodge than to do the job correctly, the worst was a very nice Gillett and Johnston clock with a broken pivot on the contrate wheel, the repairer had drilled and tapped the plate and screwed a piece of drilled brass to act as a new pivot hole on the inside of the plate, rather than re-pivoting, these things are sent to try us, I just re-pivoted, plugged the hole they had created and bushed the original pivot hole.
  7. Yes correct I cannot dispute that but prick punching was a wide spread and common practice in the past I see so many clocks that at some point in its life the practice has been used, I just accept it as part of that clocks history and rebush a jobbing clock repairer of the past was no artisan just another high street business along with butcher, baker and candlestick maker.
  8. Prick punching of pivot holes is bad practice but it is very common to see, its done around the hole on the inside of the plate, unless the clock is going to be completely taken apart by the new owner there would be no obvious sign that this has happened, value of these ting tang clock's is pretty much dependent on case style and how elaborate the decoration but a pretty plain style ting tangs runs between £50.00 - £100.00 I doubt the value has been altered very much if at all assuming it functions as it should.
  9. A picture of the movement would end any doubt to what it is
  10. It's not an Ansonia, E.N.Welch where manufactures in there own right from 1864 the company was eventually bought out by the Sessions family and became known as the Sessions Clock Company in 1903. But I think your thoughts on the bushing will hold true to this movement as well.
  11. I can only see on the pictures that the crutch is made of brass and much longer than that on your clock, if the crutch on your clock did not engage with a slot on the pendulum it looks like it would fowl the pendulum rod because when attached to the suspension post via a suspension spring there would not be enough distance between it and the crutch.
  12. Take a look at this post, this is a Verdi with a view of the back of the movement and the single piece crutch, which is much longer than the one on your clock, but Welch did make both long and short pendulum drop versions, I suspect on your clock either the pendulum is incorrect or someone as altered the length of the crutch. https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/welch-verdi-movement-help-please.33377/
  13. I cant see why there would have to be any other part the L shape crutch only has to pass through a slot on the pendulum, are you sure that the pendulum is the correct one for the clock? it looks like someone has tried to alter the slot on the rod at some stage because its pretty chewed up at the back.
  14. That is the crutch, that part would go into the slot on the pendulum rod.
  15. I'm not quite sure what you mean by pinion as relating to this question?, if you think along the lines of a Vienna regulator and how the pendulum is hung on one of those this clock would be the same, the post attached to the backboard would be slotted and the suspension spring would be held in place with a pin, the crutch which hangs down the back of the movement only has to engage with the pendulum rod via the slot cut into the rod , this type of suspension spring would be the type your clock requires, https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/by-size-with-stamped-hole The suspension post would be similar to this but much shorter in length: https://www.bckntime.com/jauch-96-grandfather-clock-suspension-post/
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