PrecisionRepair

Westminster Maryland

Specializing in antique clock repairs.

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An interesting Late 18th century American tall case movement.  - Clocksin Clocks
S Colton Wine Bottle  - Bottlesin Bottles
Thirty Hour Connecticut Tall Clock - Clocksin Clocks
Westinghouse - New Haven Oven Timer - Clocksin Clocks
Waltham size 37 car clocks - Clocksin Clocks
Here are a few "tin can" and alarm clocks - Clocksin Clocks
A few older radio items in my collection - Electronicsin Electronics
My First Radio - I was in third grade when I made this (with my dad's supervision) - Radiosin Radios
A few "boat anchors" in my collection - Radiosin Radios
Here's the clock radio I used while in college. - Clocksin Clocks

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  1. It is not possible tio overwind any clock made after about 1650. The problem with your clock is that the springs are probably filty, and I suspect a couple of the pivots and bushings are worn. That cl...
  2. CHeck the capacitors - especially the electrolytics. They are probably a bit tired, and out of specification. You can get modern ones that are small enough to fit up inside the original "cans", so oyu...
  3. You are correct as to the brand. Capital A, enclosed in a square, with the letter on the diagonal, and the whole turned so that the A is vertical is definitely an Ansonia trademark. Ansonia open esca...
  4. I don't know where or how the misnomer began, but that clock was not intended to be a wall hanging clock. The back is only held on with very short square nails, and is not glued to the rest of the cas...
  5. If you can post photos of the movement, I may be able to identify it. From just seeing the dial and pendulum, one cannot tell. Those dials and pendulums were used by many different German and Austrian...
  6. If you do an online search for either Merritts Antiques or Timesavers, either of those supply houses probably has a seconds hand that will be a pretty good match. They are both very nice to deal with,...
  7. Forgot to mention about the finish. It is "Adamantine", a Seth Thomas copyrighted name for a plasticised veneer finish over common wood. They were made from about 1900 until WW I. Values are not ter...
  8. Junghans is German for "Young Hans" (and is prtonounced exactly ythat way). They were in business for quite a long time, from abot 1860 onwards. All the Junghans clock movements I have encountered wer...
  9. I have always been partial to these Brocault open escapment clocks. I don't currently have one in my collection; I am waiting to find one where the price is right. :-) I recently put new pallets in o...
  10. That looks suspiciously like a mid-to late 1950's German movement, but the photo is a little too fuzzy to be certain. If there are numbers stamped on the back of the movement, post them, and I'll give...
  11. Interesting - looks like my mahogany "Dana Number 4" with the addition of some side columns and a larger base. Mine has an 89 movement. Both the hours and the half hour are struck by the same hammer, ...
  12. I have a very similiar Seth Thomas adamantine, which I believe is the "Prince" model, but mine has the usual hour gong and passing half hour bell strike.
  13. That is a very nice clock. I did not know that BB Lewis made complete movements. I ahve an LF and WW Carter double dial calendar clock, and the calendar mechanism was made (or at least designed and pa...
  14. These French portico clocks were not usually encased under glass, though people often used to purchase after market glass cases for them, because they are difficult to dust .
  15. These so-called "kitchen" or "gingerbread" clocks usually run from about $100 to $200 in value, depending oon the specifics of the case and movement. It also makes a difference if the clock has a thir...
  16. Tip the clock upside down (after removing the pendulum bob) and you will find four numbers stamped on the bottom, either impredded into the wood, or in white ink. That is the Seth Thomas date code. it...
  17. I am working on getting a website up and running, but between the time requirement, and the learning curve, it is a slow process. If the ckock unwinds as soon as you release the key, there is a proble...
  18. The problem inherrent in the Ford concept of production was, of course, that there was no sense of ownership in the final product. No one could say, "I built this car," so there was no reason for prid...
  19. Yes, Precision Repair is my firm name. I specialize in American 18th and 19th century clocks, but do not mind taking on French, German, Black Forest, and English movements as well. You are correct...
  20. The French system of manufacture was for one or more companies to make the various components, which were then assembled by a third party. They are called "roulet" movements (pronounced "ru-LAY" - wh...
  21. I believe 4011 is a date stamp, indicating this clock was made in November, 1940. I do not know the value of these electro-mechanical Seth Tomas clocks. Your best bet for finding value is to watch eBa...
  22. And be careful of the door hinges - the screws attaching the hinges to the front of the case are very short, and fairly small. They are aeasily pulled out, especially when the wood of the case is old ...
  23. Do NOT!!! remove the back. These clocks were all assembled by attaching the movement to the back, and placing the dial last. Remove the hands (note which way the pin is pressed in, because it and the ...
  24. Freres is French for "brothers". So your clock was made somewhere around or just before the turn of the century by Japy Brothers. They are a well known and documented French maker. Their movements are...
  25. Forgot to mention the following: When I first looked a tthis clock, I thought it was supposed to be powered by a rope, and someone had replaced the rope with a chain. BUt the pulley for the weight is ...
  26. If you open the back of the clock, and unscrew the round nut that holds the bell on, you may find markings on the back plate, behind the bell. Also, there are probably numbers stamped at the bottom of...
  27. Forgot to menton - the VTVM is a Heathkit that I assembled in about 1960-couple.
  28. My father built the Meissner, right after he came home from WWII. The amp perched atop the Fischer FM tuner is one I built when I was in 7th or 8th grade. That was not a kit. It was built from plans p...
  29. Typically, the only thing that goes wrong with the electrical part of these is the contacts get burnt off on the internal switch, from switching the high amperages drawn by the range heaters.
  30. Very nice. I have one that I believe is slightly earlier, but it is not in nearly as good condition. My grandfather, a Westinghouse Engineer, purchased it in 1924, when they purchased a new Westinghou...
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