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New England GrandFather Clock

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In for repair is a New England Company grandfather clock.  This clock is a German bin ban style striking clock.  It does not play one of the many standard chime clock melodies.  The movement is a Urgos movement.  Two weight chain movement.

The unique feature of this grandfather clock is that the case comes apart into 3 pieces.  The top section houses the clock movement.  The next section is the throat where the weights are located.  The bottom section is basically the base that gives it height.  To properly repair this clock the top section was obtained along with the 2 weights and the pendulum. 

Follow this link for a brief history of the New England Clock Company.

The customer stated the clock would not run.  Upon removal of the movement, it was found that there was excess wear in many of the pivot holes.  It was recently oiled.  A little too much oil was applied.  The repair of this movement included a complete rebuild of 10 pivot holes with bushings, pivots checked and polished wh…

German Wall Clock

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In for repair is a German wall clock movement only.  The time side runs but the strike train gets hung up because of bent trundle wires on the 3rd wheel lantern pinion.  This image shows the bent trundles: There were 3 bent trundles.  To repair this, the top shroud had to be lifted to remove the trundles in question.  Here is a picture of the wheel in the split stake tool. Tapping the shoulder of the arbor causes the shroud to lift, creating space for the trundles to be removed.  Here are the bent trundles removed. And the trundles after straightening.  Notice the size of these wires. The repaired lantern pinion. This picture was taken before the wheel was ultrasonically cleaned.
This picture above is of the back of the movement. 6 pivot holes were warn oblong and new bushing installed. All the pivots were tested and polished where needed.  After all work was done to the movement, all the movement parts were ultrasonically cleaned with hi-grade clock cleaning solution.  Pivots were a…

Ansonia Kitchen Alarm Clock

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In for repair is an Ansonia kitchen clock with alarm.  Below is a picture of the clock as it was brought into the shop. 
A nice looking clock.  Basically in good shape.  The wooden case was dry and the face showed a little wear.  This clock was made about 1890 showing a patent date of June 18,1882.  Click this link for a brief history of the Ansonia Clock Company.  These kitchen clocks before the 20th century were usually made of oak.  After 1900 most clocks were made of pressed wood making unique designs.  The pre-1900 clocks were called "Oakies".  These kitchen clocks usually had a label on the back of the case.  This label identifies the model of  the clock.  Unfortunately, the label on this one has worn off.  There are similar case styles like the "Beaver", "Australia", & the "Amazon" which have similar characteristics but the cases are very different.  The similarities include Roman numerals and nickel trim with a nickel pendulum.  The …