"The Clock Fixer" Repair of Antique and Modern Clocks

Repairing clocks in the Denver metropolitan area for over 35 years.  Including Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, and the surrounding areas. We do...

Seth Thomas #2 - Looking for a Little TLC

Here we have a Seth Thomas #2 wall clock.   Nice oak case.  The clock was badly in need of maintenance.  The clock has been stored for a number of years, the suspension rod was badly bent, suspension spring was broken, pivot holes were warn, broken weight cable, and the pendulum bob needed a little polish.  The clock was missing the weight, pulley, and key.

The movement removed from the case.  WOW look at all the years of dust and dirt.  This was easily removed.

An initial cleaning revealed a number of pivot holes that were warn.  This was repaired.  After all the work completed, the movement was cleaned with hi-grade clock cleaning solution in an ultrasonic cleaner.  In this image the RED circled pivot holes were warn and were repaired.  Notice the bent crutch.  This was repaired in the image on the right.

The suspension spring was broken.  This image shows where the suspension spring is attached

The pendulum ball was polished and the case cleaned and oiled.  

And finally the completed clock.
Here are two links.  The first is the clock running on the test stand with the face removed and the 2nd is the completed clock.  The customer was happy to get the clock running again and in beautiful condition. 

Urgos Chime Movement - Mainspring End Repair

In for repair is a Westminster Chime mantle clock.  The customer stated that the clock does not strike the hour otherwise the clock runs fine.

The strike winding arbor does turn but would never feel like the spring was getting wound.  There is only one reason for this; The mainspring is broken.

Here is a picture of the movement out of the clock:

The clock movement was taken apart.  The mainspring was removed from the barrel.  The mainspring end was broken.  Fortunately, this can be repaired.  A new mainspring does not have to be acquired.

Here is a picture of the barrel with a piece of the mainspring attached to the barrel pin:
And the mainspring:
Like with haircuts, you can't grow it back.  The only way to repair this is to cut the damaged hole out and reshape a new end.  The picture below is the finished product:
The clock movement was inspected for wear, pivots checked, clicks checked, mainsprings checked to see if they were set.  All were OK.  The movement was cleaned, reassembled, oiled, and adjusted.  

Click this link for a short video of the clock running on the test stand.

Check out this cartoon created by Disney in 1933 called "The Clock  Store".  There is another clock store video using modern animation.  Called "The Tick Tock Tale".  They are both worth watching.  The Disney video like most cartoons of that era is a little edgy and violent where there current video is not as edgy but has its moments of surprise.  Preview alert....the pants of the green alarm clock at 75% off.

Fuzzy 2 Weight Cuckoo Clock - Repaired August 2017

In for repair is a 2 weight cuckoo clock.

The interesting feature of this repair is that there was so much fuzz inside the case and on the wheels.  The first image is inside the case with the movement removed.  Notice the fuzz on the lower right side of the case.  How does this happen?

More Fuzz

Disassembled movement with pivot holes marked.  With all clock overhauls, pivots are checked for smoothness, clicks checked, the suspension rod is polished.

Another clock ready to go home

Junghans Time & Strike Mantle Clock - Repaired Sept 2016

Here we have a nice Junghans time & strike mantle clock.  The problem description is the clock runs for a few minutes then radically stops.  The clock was recently oiled with penetrating oil instead of regular clock oil. This oil must be removed.  The movement will need at least a complete disassemble and cleaning. While the customer was dropping off the clock, he demonstrated how the clock would stop and the angle of the pendulum rod was cocked.  This would imply a bent escape wheel tool.  We will see if this is the case. 

To the right is the clock before disassembly:
My first thought was a possible bent escape wheel tooth causing the movement to stop.  Testing the motion after removing the movement from the case found there was no problem with the teeth.  I did find numerous (9) worn pivot holes.  These will need to be repaired.  See the videos below:
The clock was then disassembled.  The escape wheel teeth were examined.  There were 4 teeth that were marginally tipped.  These were straightened.  All the wheel pivot holes were examined for roughness.  They were all good.  No polishing needed. The next step is removal of the mainsprings from the barrels.  Here is an image of the mainsprings with barrels and barrel caps before steel wool and cleaning.

Interesting on this Junhans time & strike movement, the barrels are different sizes.  And even more interesting is the strike barrel is smaller than the time. The movement was rebuilt and cleaned.  There were 9 holes that were worn.  Bergeon brass bushings were installed.  Here is a short video of the clock running on the test stand.  Note: the strike levers have not been installed yet.  The movement is running dry except for the mainsprings.  This is only done for a short time.  If adjusts or disassemble are needed, this can be done without getting oil all over the movement again.  Backing up in time.  Remember the customer demonstrated the radical stoppage of the movement with the pendulum rod stopping at an angle.  The escape wheel teeth were inspected with minor straightening needed.  I was able to recreate this having the verge too low on the escape wheel.  In general, I like to have the verge as low as possible to get the best swing of the pendulum.  If it is too low, the teeth will not escape.  This adjustment was made and the clock is cooperating wonderfully.  Click here to see the video.

Next step, strike levers installed & oiled and finally back in the case. The clock is complete, hammer adjusted, case oiled, glass cleaned, running well.  The last adjustment is the speed.  This process takes anywhere from a couple days to a week.  As a general rule, the repaired clocks are run for at least a week checking to make sure it is running as designed.  Here is a final picture of the completed clock:

Beautiful Clock!  A pleasure to work on.

Sessions Mantle Clock - Repaired May 2011

Here we have a Sessions mantle clock needing repair.

From the initial observation the previous repair job was not done correct.  I suspect the repairman did not have the proper tools.  Notice the brass addition at the top of this picture.  The previous repairman crowded the escape wheel hole with a piece of brass instead of installing a new brass busing.

The front plate along needed 7 bushings.  And the back 8.

Here is the clock completely torn apart.  

There were 15 warn pivot holes that needed repair.  5 clock wheel pivots that needed polishing.  The mainspring clicks and click springs were in good working order.  The mainsprings, although slightly set, are sufficient to power the clock.  The leather in the hammer was old and small.  This was replaced with old new stock leather.

When the customer brought the clock in for repair, oil was everywhere.  Oil was coming out of the clock hand posts.  When the clock parts were set on white paper on the bench, it was like having fresh french fry marks all over the paper.  This was all cleaned and hi-grade clock oil applied to all the appropriate parts. 

After all the work was performed on the clock.  The clock was tested out of the case, when everything was working well it was installed in the case and tested again.  Here is the finished clock ready to go home:

For all you clock historians, here is a short history of the Sessions Clock Company:

At the turn-of-the 20th century, the E. N. Welch clock making firm was struggling. They used a local foundry to produce their castings. The foundry owner's son, William E. Sessions, took an interest in horology and, along with other Sessions family members, bought controlling interest in the E. N. Welch Company.  The factory location was in Forestville, CT.

In 1903 the firm’s name was changed and the Sessions Clock Company was organized. Under William's management the firm produced all components of their line of clocks, including movements, cases, dials, artwork and castings.

Sessions realized that the future of clock making was moving to electricity so, in 1930, the company expanded to produce electric clocks, timers for radios, televisions and other devices. They also continued to manufacture traditional brass mechanical movements.

In 1956, Sessions was absorbed by a company interested primarily in their timing devices. Kept as the Sessions Company, the new owners ran the firm until 1969, when a decline in business forced its liquidation.

The Clock Fixer - Repair of Antique and Modern Clocks

Repairing clocks in the Denver metropolitan area for over 35 years.  Including Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, and the surrounding areas. We do house calls!

Specializing in:
Early American, German, and English clocks (Hour & 1/2 hour strike clocks)
Cuckoo clocks (both 1, 2, & 3 weight)
400 day/Anniversary clocks
Grandfather clocks (Certified Howard Miller & Ridgway service center)

Tall clocks, Shelf clocks, Wall regulators, School clocks, American banjos, Mantle clocks, Advertising, Animated, Anniversary, Banjo Beehive, Black Mantel, Calendar, China/Porcelain, School House, Kitchen, Longcase/Grandfather, Mission, Mystery, Novelty, Ogee, Pillar & Scroll, Shelf, Skeleton, Steeple, Tambour, Vienna Regulator,

Most manufacturers including Junghans, Schatz, New Haven, Ansonia, Ingraham, Waterbury, Ugos, Hermle, Seth Thomas, Sessions, Kieninger just to name a few!