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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Okay, a follow up to the lesson I learned regarding cute old clocks with 'cut cords'.
    This is the 'sister' Chronart Windmill clock that I purchased a good 20 years ago. The case was just perfect with about 85% of the original paint intact. The chipped or loss of paint involved the sky and the lake. I matched the paint as close as possible and went to work. I even got the 2 itsy-bitsy seagulls in there along with some light drifting clouds. The flash picture shows the blue colors much brighter than they actually are in person. Back to my lesson. Yes, the cord was cut. No problem replacing a cord - done that a lot, but in this instance, it didn't get the clock running. The (electric) clock guy I took the clock to said he could not locate a Hammond motor movement for this clock. I believed him back then. He puts in a Synchron which is not a spin start. Rats! Oh well, the windmill still turns beautifully as the clock keeps excellent time. My recollection was the sticker shock when he finished putting in the 'new' motor. He must have had a reputation back then of taking people to the cleaners, because he was outta business within the next year. At least I gotta great deal on the purchase of the clock at a local estate sale.

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    1. Tutzie Tutzie, 7 years ago
      Thank ya'll for the Loves! Happy to share a few pics and my 'history' with this clock!
    2. Perpcal70000000, 5 years ago
      A really nice find - well done. Yes, I've been caught like this with repair costs. If you're going to keep it in your collection, then no great harm done as you're continuing to enjoy it and use it. I have a Metamec, English wall electric clock with an automaton windmill feature which works. Right now, there are about 2 similar clocks on eBay for auction (October 2015).

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