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this is a 1900 session mantel clock that has been in our family since new. i picked it up with intent to repair. i know why it stopped working, two hair springs that controlled the gong and chime. all the bushings and shaft holes are good, no reason to allow shaft/gear bind.
can send it off for 200 dollars but can take a year to get back so i was wondering if there are any clock smiths out there in forum land.
sportster cams it is not but i sure am going to try and get it going.
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Not a CLOCK guru. But interested non the less because Mom shipped me



She had it rebuilt before the shipper destroyed it en route to me. Broken glass. The whole works. I know of a place in

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But I am totally ignorant when it comes to antique clocks.
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I have a buddy knows about this stuff. I'll link him here.
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ok, linked him and he said it's not his wheelhouse.
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I know it's not what you are asking for but did a search on line and seems there are many used mechanisms available relatively cheap:

https://www.ebay.com/i/263901606121?...SABEgKtPfD_BwE

Maybe 50 years ago I did manage to disassemble on of those and get it back to working condition. The one I worked on had as the only real problem the two main springs were all gummed up and just would not slide against them selves. Just unwound them and cleaned and lightly lubed them reassembled and it actually worked.

I bet if you take your time and dry fit one gear at a time and take pictures and make notes you can figure it out!
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thanks for the replies. i have looked at some sites and ebay one of them but the issue here is i probably will get one worst than i have. i talked to one clock smith and he is booked to next year, apparently there is good money in it and really 200 dollars isn't bad, just the wait time.
one of the biggest issues is pin wear and lantern gear wear which this clock does not have. it sat in an old farm house in illinois for decades. before i torn it down, there was two hair springs, one for gong and one for chime that were snafu'd, that will be the trick, as probably will have to make them. since the sound side is syn'd to the time side and it could work, the movement stopped.
i will give the guy a call to see if he can help a little faster than the on in pa. there are some interesting video's on this type of work.
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200 dollars isn't bad, just the wait time.
Wife an I have a local shop working on grampa’s Grandfather clock (clean,lube an calibrate.) $250. + tax and a 3 to 4 month turn around here in Federal Way, Wa.
I think this is one of those cases where the art-form of clock repair is a “dying” one...not a lot of ol’timers left that have the skill, it’s a shame.
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You work on the tiniest, coolest stuff I've ever seen.
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Reading this thread has me thinking about a 1950's vintage Cuckoo-Clock sitting a a shelf in the basement. It was damaged probably some time in mid to late 1950's. My older brother made the mistake of pulling down on one of the weights and it broke what I would call the ratchet mechanism that is used to "rewind" the clock.

Back in the 1960's I did take it apart to find the problem but could not see a way to repair the broken spring that ratchets when the correct side of the chain is pulled. So I reassembled it after having no luck finding anybody who could supply parts.

Now with the availability of the inernet I going to do some searching and see if I have better luck. I already found one place that may have the part I need and sent an email to them. If the part is the correct for this make of clock I'll give it another try! And the part is listed for only $8.95!

best of luck to bustert!

Just a thought for bustert, you say the ones on ebay may be worn in the shafts and bushings but you might get lucky and find one that has the hair springs that your clock needs. $35.00 would not be too bd a price for a parts machine to rob parts from!
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