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Exclusing the filth I'll start with:

Where are the feet / base for the case, it suren't cant just sit on that brass plate.

Plus the teeth on the mainspring barrel look to all be chewed up, so I'm sure there will be damage to otehr wheels we can't see.

That's a delineate 'Don't buy' one unless you want a lot of work and pain.

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Some of the mainspring barrel teeth have been completely stripped and replaced with steel pins and not very well they are unevenly spaced and too small it would make the transfer of power from the mainspring uneven and would be impossible to get it to keep good time coupled with the fact its a cylinder escapement. I don't think the handle is the original it seems to have been bent to fit  and it should have small bun feet .It's a complete dog at £250.00

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The spring barrel is stuffed, the shaft on the pinnion that comes off the spring barrel has been sleeved with a brass tube, it also looks like the wheel on that pinnion has had all the tips striped off. The top plate looks like it is not original due to the cut out for the glass not square. The knob on the time adjustment should not be there, and the door looks to have the pin missing at the bottom given the angle it is at when open.

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This clock has had some very poor/bad repairs. The thing I was hoping you would spot was the bottom of the case is missing. Tmuir got that. JimmyD the brass sleeve is correct it is friction tight and that is how the hands operate, it looks as if it has been pinched to tighten it. The barrel is a complete mess.

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3 hours ago, GregC said:

Wow, you guys have eyes like hawks. All I saw was the barrel teeth and the door issue. 

The door could be just one of the holes or pin has worn. Its not a big thing. Its all down to experience. I have roughly 30 years of it  

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