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JimmyD

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  1. I have sent most of the photos on here and a few more of the movement.
  2. Is it my old eyes or is the ply not wide enough?
  3. If this is the 1st pivot you are doing maybe get an old pivot or just a bit of round steel and have a practise before you do the one for the clock.
  4. You have about everything, great set up, might take you till christmas to work out how it all works
  5. Good news, the high end seller has asked for some photos of the clock so I will send them off today and see what they say.
  6. Very nice work, how are the eyes holding out?
  7. Here is another of his clocks and you can see the winding arbours are not in line. I have sent off a question to this high end seller to see if they know more. https://www.lapendulerie.com/clocks
  8. Looking at the photo with the purple arrow, the leaver that the arrows is pointing at looks to me to be on the wrong side of the calm shaft, put it on the underside and I think that will fix the issue. Note how the the flange off the lever is sitting up in the air that should be sitting in the lifting star, also the spring will need to be adjusted to be hitting the pin on the same lever. It looks like as you say some 20 years ago someone took the movement apart and put it together the wrong way.
  9. It has 'Vaillant a Paria' on the chapter ring I did a search in Goggle and he made high end clocks, one sold for 600,000 at auction and a few others 20,000+ he is also listed in Loomes book. That is why I do not understand the error in the movement. I looked at some of his movements on other clocks and they look the same, however most key holes are in the right place. I think I will contact a high end seller that has one of his clocks for sale to ask if this was one of his, hope I get a reply.
  10. I have put this photo on a grid in paint, the left winding arbour is an 8th of an inch shorter from the hands shaft than the right arbour is, also an 8th of an inch higher than the right arbour or one is 2 1/2 inches and the other 2 5/8ths from the hands shaft. Maybe someone with more skill than me in using these programs can check this.
  11. Yip the key holes are off and the solder is crap, however when I took it apart there are no extra holes and the chapter ring (what I thought may have been altered) it also did not show any other pins than the one's present? There is also no other holes in the movement other than the mounting holes that it fits onto. The only 2 holes that did not have any use was the 2 that the backing plate bracket that fits the body to the case, however the bracket has the corresponding holes in it and when I looked closer one had the threads had been stripped, therefore someone made 2 new holes on the bracket. I was looking for a reason why the key holes are not right as this was made by a master clockmaker and did not think there is any way that he messed it up, however given the evidence of no other holes I am at a loss to find any other conclusion other than the best marriage I have ever seen. Below is a photo of the back of the movement, it does show the left winding arbour is higher than the right when looking at it from the back, thus the right is higher than the left from the front. You can just see the pinnion hole for the hands shaft which shows the distance is different. Any other suggestions as it has got me stumped
  12. A few weeks ago this clock arrived at the clock shop, they had been cleaning it with Brasso, a no-no on gilt clocks. The fly had a pin broken off, and a few bushes were needed, these French clocks pinions are rock hard, well diamond hard, so I fitted a brass bush like collar that fixed it up without trying to drill the dam thing. Anyway back to the Brasso thing, as you see it was a mess and a lot of the gilt was rubbed away, not a bother on a normal French clock that is not worth much, however I could see this was a goody so I did some research on' Valliant a Paris' and this guy was a master clockmaker between 1750's and 1810's. I found a few of his clocks and they sell for big money from 16,000 euro up. When the customer came to pick it up the front desk gave them a note I had done and they had no idea about who or what it was and then asked him how they should clean it, he came and asked me and I said, tell them "by bringing it back in about 5 years time for a service". Now the clock itself has a flaw, have a look and see if you can pick it.
  13. I will fit the comb later as the old cast base plate was broken and they glued it together so I have to weld it before i can work on getting it all together. No the old comb has those teeth missing and as i said it will not be used. I can see a few issues that will also need addressing, like I doubt if it will work correctly with the way they had the fly set up, to me it looks like to many gears and to far apart, look at earlier photos to see it. As most said I am Mad, however I am also determined to fix it.
  14. Okay, I made a bit of time to get this project moving forward, it may take me a year at this rate. I had to get another cylinder as the original had all the pins bent. As you would expect nothing fits, therefore I had to bush the new cylinder to fit the shaft. I also had time to polish the fly and rebush it. A note, I added a photo of getting it level for those new to clock repair (horizontal and vertical) as these are long pins and if off a bit forget about them working smoothly.
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