The midget 400 day clock is slightly shorter than the miniature. I recently repaired a midget dated 9 62 (September 1962), and its height without the dome is 5 9/16 inches.
The midget movement has a pin-pallet escapement instead of a Graham deadbeat.
Repair job 6631. I polished the pivots, smoothed some damaged teeth on the mainspring barrel, and replaced the suspension spring. I used a 0.0022 inch thick Horolovar suspension spring (a previous clock of the same model I repaired (see Schatz Midget 400 Day Clock Made in 1968). needed a 0.0023 inch thick spring (I'm not sure if the difference was in the suspension springs or the pendulum).
This is the second of three matching 400 day clocks that were in my shop at the same time.
Horolovar back plate number 1260. Made around 1910.
I repaired this clock, and fixed some problems caused by previous repair work.
The "arch" of the clock (the decorative part with the finials above the dial) was secured to the clock with GLUE, as one screw hole didn't have a shoulder for the screw to bear on. I inserted a bushing in that hole to repair it.
This clock has an unusual anchor (the part that goes back and forth as the clock ticks). Most JUF clocks have a solid-body anchor, but this one has adjustable pallets like most other makers use.
Repair job 6585. I polished a few pivots. The 0.004 inch thick suspension spring was good, but I adjusted it to hang straight in the upper block and adjusted the location of the fork. The hand set tension washer had a hole that was too big, causing it to bear on the front plate, causing friction that would stop the clock. I installed a new tension spring. I installed a Horolovar 19 x 36 mainspring.
The case background color is tan, with deep red lines and swirls, and some orange swirls too. The dial is embossed brass. The date code on the bottom of the case is 5981 C (March 1895).
The clock strikes the hour and half-hour on a heavy coil gong (often called Cathedral gong). The movement is the 8-day "hip" movement (called that because of its shape). It has an American type "strip" recoil escapement in the back.
The case is 17 inches wide and 11 1/2 inches tall.
Repair job 6437. I made new rivets for the clicks, secured the regulator pinion to its arbor, polished the pivots, and installed 14 bushings. The mainsprings are original, and are as follows:
Time Mainspring: 11/16 inch wide by 0.0195 inch thick
Strike Mainspring: 11/16 inch wide by 0.0187 inch thick
These mainsprings seem thick, but had not caused much wear to the mainwheel teeth. If the springs needed replacing, thinner new ones should be used.
- Bill's ClockworksClock Repair & Sales, 1991 - present
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My name is Bill Stoddard, and I like to repair clocks, document the history of Westclox and their clocks and watches, design web sites, and program in PHP. Professionally, I operate Bill’s Clockworks, where I repair American antique clocks and 400 day anniversary clocks; and sell new wall, mantle, chime, cuckoo and other types of clocks, and a few antique clocks.
My other joys include being with my family, bicycle riding, singing in church choir, and vintage hi-fi and LP records.
- Michigan Technological University
- East Lansing High School
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