Two Vintage Mantles

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Two Vintage Mantles

New postby Irwin » Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:47 pm

A friend brought me these vintage mantle clocks, saying they had been lying upward of 30 years due to 'broken springs/overwound etc etc'.
They were in a wrecked condition with all the accumulated dirt of 30 years in a garden shed.
Examining them I found that the springs were actually OK. The pendulum suspension assemblies had been taken apart and the various bits were lying at the bottom of the clocks, and the suspension springs had gone. I put all the bits back together, and replaced the springs, did a cosmetic clean and oiled the movements and both clocks kicked in.
I've cleaned up the cases, the glasses and the bezels, so now they look more presentable.
I've got them pretty much keeping time, and all that remains is to get a better gong sound on the strike clock.
The owner should be pleased.

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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby richiec » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:27 pm

Irwin, shame you didn't take a before picture. Looks like a great job, wouldn't mind having them in my house.
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby Irwin » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:51 pm

Not sure you would want them. They're very noisy.
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby richiec » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:38 am

that is one of the drawbacks of 400 day clocks, no noise, you forget that they are there. I like the sound of a ticking clock.
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby veritas » Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:13 pm

Great job done on the two clocks, they both look great.
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby brownsrplm » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:32 pm

Irwin,
I'm assuming these are both English clocks? One looks like it may be a Mauthe, which would be German. At any rate, either make are very loud tickers and the strike can be loud as well. Works out good for folks who can't hear well! :)
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby richiec » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:25 pm

WHAT DID YOU SAY???
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby brownsrplm » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:55 pm

Sorry Rich,
I forgot the sign language... seriously, these do make quite a lot of noise.
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby Irwin » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:46 pm

The strike is a Smiths Enfield, and the 3 train is a Bentima, marked Made in Great Britain, with an Anvil movement marked Made in Baden, which is presumably a German movement.
And they are noisy chimers. Hopefully they won't be here for more than a few days until their owner picks them up.
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Re: Two Vintage Mantles

New postby veritas » Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:40 am

I have a few 30 hour cottage clocks, Waterbury and Welch, i find these are the loudest tickers.
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