Ansonia School House Clock

In for repair is an Ansonia School House Octagon clock.  The Ansonia company has a very rich history in the United States.  For more information on the Ansonia Clock Company, follow this << link >>

Here are a couple images of the clock as it entered the shop.  This post describes the problems with this clock and the work performed to get it in excellent running condition.
The bezel was not attached and the glass was very dusty.
This image shows the bezel off.  The label on the face says "A. Claus Time"  This was perhaps a Jewelry/Clock/Watch repair shop.

This image shows the clock with the face removed.  This particular model had the movement installed at an angle.  This is by design.
Note the stamp of "Ansonia Clock Co." and the number "10".  This stamp tells us that the clock/movement was made in 1910.

Clock repair can be like being an archaeologist.  Uncovering the historical past.  Here we see an interesting repair.  The pendulum on this clock was missing the pendulum bob wire.  The repairman did not have access to this part but was very creative.  By worming the suspension rod it put pressure on the bob and held it in place.  I was impressed with the creativity.  Although this is not an industry standard repair although, it was very functional.  

To make this right, the suspension rod was cut to size taking off the curly ques.  A replacement pendulum bob wire was installed.  The image below demonstrates this repair.
The adjustment nut at the bottom of the  pendulum enables the regulation of speeding up (making the pendulum system shorter by tightening/raising the pendulum bob) the clock or slowing it down (making the pendulum system longer by loosing/dropping the pendulum bob)

Here is the pendulum attached properly

Now for the clock movement
The movement was very dirty.  There were 4 pivot holes that were worn that needed rebuilding. The two images below demonstrates the worn pivot hole (Marked on the plate with a marker).  The movement looks clean in these two images even though it was mentioned that the movement was very dirty.  The movement was pre-cleaned. This enabled a better look at any worn pivot holes.
Front View
Back View

All pivots were inspected for roughness.  All were good except two.  These were polished smooth.  Of the four pivots holes that were worn, One in particular was extremely worn compared to the rest of the clock pivot holes.  This was due to a very rough pivot.  Follow this link to see a video showing the worst pivot hole wear. 

The Bezel
The caulking was removed from around the brass ring.  
Brass tabs were installed in the ring to hold the class in place.
A much cleaner look and closer to original.


There were 4 pivot holes that were significantly worn that needed rebuilding.  These holes were rebuilt, 2 pivots needed polished, and after all the work was completed, the movement was ultrasonically cleaned, holes pegged, and ready for assembly.  

The image below shows the cleaned movement ready for assembly.

This short video demonstrates the Ansonia School clock running after rebuild.  The mainspring has been wound only enough to see if it will run.  Running pretty good.  This video shows the clock running before oiling.  After initial testing, the clock will be oiled including the mainspring and placed in the case for further testing.  The next step if all goes well is to install the face, hands, and regulate the speed of the clock.  

Completed Clock
When all is well, its time to go home!


SUMMARY OF THE REPAIR
1)  The glass was attached to the bezel with some kind of putty.  This is not an acceptable repair.  I will remove the putty and install brass clips to hold the glass in place.  The hing is rather small.  The bezel, glass, and putty does have a certain amount of weight to it.  Along with not being a good repair, removing the putty will lighten the bezel and glass somewhat.  This will put less pressure on the hing.
3)  Bezel hing not attached.  I will solder it back on.
4)  The pendulum ball is missing the pendulum bob wire.  The suspension rod was modified to hold the pendulum ball in place.  A rather unique and ingenuous repair but not an industry standard.  I will get you a pendulum bob wire then adjust the pendulum rod for a satisfactory repair.
5)  The case will be cleaned, the bezel will be polished leaving enough patina.  The case will also be oiled.
6)  There is some veneer that has chipped off the case.  This will be repaired enough so that it is not noticable.
7)  The entire movement will be cleaned.  Inspected the movement and found a little wear but not very much considering the age of the clock.  
8)  The glass will be cleaned.
9)  The movement oiled with hi-grade clock oil and speed of the clock adjusted (Regulated).

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