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Seikosha Japanese Time & Strike Wall Clock

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The Seikosha company first started making clocks in 1892.  The quality of these clocks ranked comparable to the American clock industry of that era.  Most people know the Seiko brand as a maker of watches.  They started out manufacturing clocks.  Here is a little history of the Seikosha company

And now for the explanation of the repair.  Here is a picture of the clock upon arrival.
And a closeup of the clock face.  The logo on the face is the same logo stamped on the movement.
As stated, the movement is similar in quality as many of the American brands.  The customer stated that it is his favorite clock and an unbelievable timekeeper.  It has ran for years without any service.

Upon removal of the hands and face, the movement is exposed.  It was dirty and oily.  Notice the rusted chime gong.  The gong was cleaned using steal wool.

When I see a movement that is very dirty and oily I suspect significant wear.  This was not an exception.  Interesting that the clock still ran with all the…

Ingraham Mantle Clock

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Here we have an Ingraham mantle clock.  This clock wanted to run when it was brought into the shop.  But it could not.  Removing the movement from the case showed that it was very dry.  It has not run in a very long time.  The movement was not too dirty but showed significant wear.
The picture below shows the movement apart with the worn pivot holes marked.
This image shows 14 pivot holes needing rebuilding.

Here is the movement cleaned and ready for assembly.

Once the clock has been assembled.  I run the movement outside of the case to make sure the movement is performing as it was designed.  Here is a short video of the movement running.  As you can see the motion (pendulum swing) is very good.  
Here is a picture after the case has been oiled.The case was wiped with a moist cloth before wood oil was applied.  The cloth was full on what looked like brown "yuck".  This "yuck" is a result of cigarette smoke.
(show completed clock in video ticking and striking)
Thi…