Howard Miller Grandfather Clock Damaged in Cross Country Move

This post is Howard Miller Grandfather Clock model 610-481.  This is an Urgos triple chime, cable weight driven, with moon dial, seconds indicator, beveled glass, with two doors, lyra pendulum, night shut off clock.  This clock was shipped cross country and was badly damaged.  This clock is approximately 30 years old.  Here is a picture of the label.

Here is a list of the damage to the clock:
1)  Damage to the door frame - broken in 3 pieces.  The glass was in one piece.
2)  Movement seat (wood platform where the clock movement is attached to) one side of the seat was pushed to the back of the clock.  It was firmly jammed in the railing.  I have never seen this before.  No telling how this was able to happen.
3)  Chime rods significantly bent.  The initial thought was they would have to be replaced.  I was able to adjust the original rods satisfactory.
4)  Damage to outside of the case.  This was repaired.
5)  The clock movement is weight driven with cables attaching to the weights.  The cable ends were broken off.  An end was created to hold the cable.
6)  The face was damaged and parts were broken off.  Two of the four face plate designs were broken off the face.  Only one was found and reattached.
7)  Left/hour strike weight shell was damaged.  This was repaired.
8)  Ths suspension spring was damaged.
9)  Chime hammers were bent.  These were straightened.  After the movement installed in the case, the final adjustment will be completed.

With all the problems this clock experienced in the move.  They were repaired to a working beautiful grandfather clock.

The following pictures and text demonstrate the problems defined above.

Here is the clock at its current location.  Notice the door frame is 1/2 gone.  The glass did not break which is a miracle in itself.  The door frame was removed and will be rebuilt.

The next 2 images shows that there was some major strain on the front of the clock.  Not knowing what happened it appears that the clock fell on its back.  Notice the face and mechanism of the clock is in the proper position on the left side of the case but on the right side, it is pushed in.  The lines below shows the angle of the alignment.
 Here is another picture of the mechanism pushed to one side.  This could only be caused by the clock falling in its back.

Here are 3 different views of the damaged door
 Looking down at the bottom of the clock
 This is a good view of the frame.  The frame was broken into 3 pieces.  This view is just one of the sections.
Again looking down at the bottom of the clock.  

The frame was repaired and glass installed.  Thankfully the rubber glass mounting material was still in good shape.

This picture is of the chime rods.  Notice how bent they are.  The clock movement when it was pushed to the back of the case pushed against the rods causing them to bunch up as seen below.
Other problems include extremely bent chime rods. These rods tend to break rather than bending.  That is how they can create the wonderful sound of the quarter hour chimes.  The chime block needed to be removed and carefully adjusted as to not break these rods.  

There are 8 chime hammers, 4 were extremely bent.   With patience these chime rods were put back in place.
Here is a picture of the hour strike side of the movement.  Notice the extremely bent hammer.  

Here is a picture of the two outside weight cables that were severed.  The left side is the hour strike and the right is the 1/4 hour chime.  Luckily the pulleys that the weights were attached to were found at the bottom of the clock floor.  Luckily, the severed ends were at the end of the cables.  The ends were able to be repaired.


Here is a picture of the clock face.  Notice the upper right "B" quarter the gingerbread is missing.  The upper right "A" gingerbread was damaged and luckily located at the bottom of the clock floor.  The  gingerbread was reattached.
Numerous damage was present on the pendulum weigh shells.  Here is just one example.

The clock mechanism was inspected for damage. The suspension spring was damaged and needed to be replaced.  The suspension leader where the pendulum attaches was damaged and also needed repair.

A visit to the clock to install the door with glass and the repaired chime rods.  The movement seat was put back into position.

After all the work was performed on the clock movement, a third visit was scheduled.   At this visit, the clock movement will be installed, along with the face and hands.  The chime and strike hammers adjusted along with the escapement adjusted.  Cotton gloves and owners manual will be left with the customer to enable many years of service. 







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