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    Genealogy, History, Austria, Chess, Philately Queen Victoria and Austria. Music Pink Floyd,Captain Beefheart,Neil Young and many more. Favorite clock antique Longcase Clocks and antique French Carriage Clocks. Worse clock and watch anything with a battery.

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  1. Clicking on the link I’m getting 404 link not found.
  2. Hello from Mexico

    Hello and welcome to this friendly forum.
  3. French Mantle (Slate) Clock Movement

    Around the 1860’s to about 1890’s. Sometimes there’s a makers stamp on the back plate, usually round in shape and near the bottom. One way of telling if the pendulum is the original is the back plate and the pendulum have the same number.
  4. French Mantle (Slate) Clock Movement

    Its just a little harder to position then the stepped ones, just move it a tooth at a time around the 12 0’clock and you soon have it right.
  5. French Mantle (Slate) Clock Movement

    Smooth snail wheels are machined in such a way that with each hour the rack drops down a tooth at a time, the only difference is its more difficult to see and judge. With many movements the minute, hour and sub wheels are marked by a small punch mark, have these lined up and all should be correct. The strike wheels with pins need to be in the correct order. Imagine a clock face and you are looking at it. The wheel next to the fly should have the warning pin at about 9 45 or 9 50. The gathering pallet wheel with its pin should be resting on the stop leaver inside the movement that is the lever just above the hammer lever. The strike wheel (the one with loads of pins in) should be clear and not in any lifting position of the hammer lever. The gathering pallet should be attached onto the extended pivot at about 10 to the hour (you can always move it if need be) You should have two pins set in the back of the minute wheel, which lift the lever (red arrow) this will lift part (green arrow)The rack will drop down onto the snail, these levers at the time of working also release the wheel next to the fly wheel with the single pin against the guard which is attached to the lever (red arrow) inside the window (blue arrow). This is called the warning, note the hammer at this stage should not be lifting. When the clock is at the hour, lever (red arrow) will clear the pin on the minute wheel, the guard will also drop causing the strike wheels to rotate. Depending where the rack drops onto the snail will depend how many times it strikes. If there is no punch marks on the wheels, you need to have the rack dropping down for 12 0’clock about here (yellow arrow) I know the photo I’m using is for a platform and not a pendulum, the striking is the same. If you need more info just ask or if you don't understand.
  6. French Mantle (Slate) Clock Movement

    Do we know its a count wheel strike?
  7. French Mantle (Slate) Clock Movement

    I'll post late tomorrow as I won't be home for the best part of the day to help you out.
  8. information please on this long case clock

    Can’t see a name on the dial. Sometimes if it has rubbed off or faded, shining a light at different angles can pick it up.
  9. information please on this long case clock

    This is an 8 day Longcase Clock with rack striking on a bell every hour, with moon faze, arch calendar with seconds hand. The pillars design show this movement to be around 1800 to 1820, this also fits in with the dial, showing the minutes numbered every quarter hour. With this type of dial, they are called White dial Longcase clocks. With these painted dials, the less paint and good detail the earlier they are, dials that are heavily painted with poor detail the latter they are. The hands all match and are original to the clock. The hood of the clock is in the style of the Broken Arch type with quite plain pillars. Wide door that is correct for this period, the narrow doors are very early Longcases. It has some poor repairs, which I’ll point out. The one that bothers me is the angle of the pallets, which are sloping down, this tells me that the pallets could be worn; the escape wheel has worn teeth. Sometimes cowboys will remove the two pins from the pallet bridge, file and make the two screw holes into an oval shape, you drop the bridge down to enable the pallets to have a deeper depth to the escape wheel, this causes the pendulum to have a better swing and to keep it going, to shallow and the clock will stop due to wear. This is a disgusting practice and will cause wear in other parts of the escapement. The bell post looks as if it has been soldered or glued. The finger on the rack that drops onto the snail has been soldered. With painted longcase clocks you have what is called a false plate, this plate is pinned to the dial and the movement is pinned to the plate, in many cases the plate will have to name of the company or forged the plate (note this is not the makers name of the clock) Not sure about the wood but I think it is stained oak. What is that mark on the dial just below the arch of the calendar?
  10. If you are an amateur or hobbyist be in the right frame of mind to undertake the task. People that make a living out of horology have to knuckle down and get on with it. One thing that helped me was to get up and walk around or undertake a different repair and this time of the year make sure the workshop was nice and warm.
  11. information please on this long case clock

    I will give you the info tomorrow.
  12. I suffered a breakdown watching this. What a very lucky guy you were in not wrecking this movement. For my health and sanity, I will skip part two. clockboy I was doing the same
  13. I can't figure this one out

    Is the auto working before you screw it down? Are you sure you are using the correct screws because it sounds as if this could be the problem. Make sure the auto wheels are meshing correctly and are free; sometimes the two very small wheels need a very tiny drop of oil because I have found in the past they tighten up. I think it is a screw problem so check that first. Let us know how things go.
  14. Hello from East Tennessee

    Hello Jimmy and welcome to this very good friendly forum. Loads of very good info on here for you.
  15. I have never ever come across such a stem with this type of fitting. Here I am after all these years and still seeing new stuff.