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  1. Hi, Ron ! I’m a clock lover (and small time collector) based in Gurgaon, just outside the capital city of New Delhi, India. My surname suggests that my ancestors were clock and watch sellers but the family lost it’s business due to a profligate great-grandfather, or so family lore says.

    About four years ago I picked up a Mauthe wall clock with a quarterly self-correcting Westminster chime with an art deco exterior and it has given me trouble free service subsequently. Minor adjustments are needed to keep time, particularly since the climate in our part of India can get fiercely hot (usually dry heat but humid in monsoons) and bitterly cold in winter. A bit of tweaking on the pendulum bob keeps the clock going well. Like your mantel piece, the chime gets a bit sluggish after 5 days, so I need to wind it up twice a week.

    The dial has the Mauthe trademark and name, but there’s another separate mark on the dial stating “Gani and Sons, Madras”. This firm still exists and they were formerly importers of quality watches and clocks into India. They still assemble German movement long-case clocks and install tower clocks to this day.

    Last month, I picked up my second Mauthe from Zurich – again a Westminster quarterly chime wall clock – but this is a much larger clock. It travelled as checked-in luggage padded in bubble wrap and surrounded by clothes as further padding (I had no choice !), zipped into a rather large soft bag bought specially for the purpose – I couldnt find a hard bag large enough. Thankfully, it survived three flights and several baggage belts without any damage, and took up poisition immediately. It took about a week of pendulum adustments and now keeps great time.

    This clock, too, has a Mauthe trademark, but it seems to be an older variant.

    I am aware that Mauthe changed their trademark a few times (thrice ?) but I’m unable to gather accurate and authentic information on the years in which these were changed. I’d be able to date my clocks if could get get this, and I was wondering if you would be able to assist me in this.

    I could email or “whatsapp” you pics of both these clocks and specifically the logos if you’re in a position to help.

    For your information, some of the other clocks in my collection, some of which are heirlooms, are two Beaumonts (one is a mantel piece from around 1920, unfortunately this one has a crudely replaced dial and a new case, but retains the original movement, and the second is a wall clock, completely original, from 1915 or so); an Ansonia wall clock with a calendar (1905); another Ansonia (probably earlier than 1900) which stands on a low cabinet but can also be placed on a wall; a new grandfather cased in India and a couple of pocket watches.

    My email is jjghadiali@hotmail.com and I’d really look forward to hear from you.

    Finally, I really like your mantel piece. It looks well-cared for.

    With good wishes, kind regards and many thanks,

    Sincerely,

    Jehangir J Ghadiali

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      1. Many thanks, Ron, for your offer to help. I have sent you two emails separately with some photographs of both the Mauthe clocks yesterday.

        Jehangir

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      2. Hi Jehangir,

        Not much success determining the trademark dates you are looking for but I wonder if you have tried http://www.antiqueclockspriceguide.com/identifytrademarks.php
        There is also a forum (discussion board) connected with this site that might lead you to more information.

        I posted on the http://mb.nawcc.org/forum.php discussion site but I gather there are not many Mauthe collectors however if anything comes up I will let you know.

        Again, thanks for visiting my blog.
        Regards

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  2. Hi Ron ….. I have a 1940’s Forestville Chime Mantel Clock, it has a number on the inside of the door at the back 317/5 on the ticket. It has a pendulum but it has no key. Is it possible to get a key and do you know what the clock is worth please?

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    1. Hi thanks for coming to my blog. First and foremost. Is it a Canadian made Forestville clock, not to be confused with a Sessions clock, made in Forestville Conn, commonly referred to as a Sessions Forestville? Let’s assume you are referring to a Canadian clock. Without seeing a photo of your clock (which you can send to me a ronjoiner@gmail.com if you like) and without knowing the condition of your clock it is hard to determine what it is worth. If it has been recently professionally serving it is worth more.

      317/5 sounds like a production number. It is not uncommon to find such numbers on many clocks. The “5” might refer to the month it was made. Unfortunately there is no available database on the manufacture of these clocks, or none that I have found. When you say, chime are you referring to a Westminster chime. In that case you would have 3 winding arbours (holes to wind). If you have two winding arbours it is a strike clock. My Forestville takes a number 10 key but it is no guarantee that yours takes a 10 as well. You can buy branch-sets at Perrin in Canada or Timesavers if you live in the US.

      Back to what it is worth. Typically these clocks sell for about $100 and more if professionally serviced.

      Hope this helps

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      1. Many thanks for your prompt reply. Am sending you some pictures I took of the clock …. it has not been very well looked after but I wanted it for a gift for my son who likes older stuff.

        It does in fact have two holes for winding and I would be delighted if you could send me a key to do that task. It won’t let me send the pictures on here so I will send them in a separate email to you. Looking forward to hearing your comments and whether or not you can get a key for me. Thanks again Valerie

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  3. I have this clock aswell WITH the three top pieces and the beautiful carved wood along the top where the finials are with carved I believe rose in the center. The clock is capable of running but is not currently . The back is warped preventing it from continuous running . Any idea of ballpark value of this clock

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  4. I am looking for a pendulum for a Pequenat
    Brandon wall clock and am wondering if you can direct me to a place where I might be able to get one. The clock used to belong to my great grandfather so I would like to keep it original. Thank you for helping me with this search. Peter Siemens

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    1. Thanks for coming to my blog. There is no source for original parts for these clocks as the company went out of business in 1941, but you can by a reasonable facsimile.

      Do you mean the pendulum bob itself or the pendulum rod + the bob? The original pendulum bob is 4.35 oz and 2.45 inches in diameter. The closest I can see on Timesavers.com, an American clock supplier, is this:

      http://timesavers.com/i-9994943-2-3-16-polished-brass-finished-bob.html

      This one has a rating nut on the bottom (like the original) to adjust the speed of the clock and it has a brass front face also like the original. It has the correct weight but is a little narrower in diameter than the original but should do fine. The weight is more important than the diameter. Ordering from the States is not a problem though be mindful of the exchange rate and shipping costs which are not unreasonable.

      Once you have the pendulum bob, install it by simply hooking it to the rod. Make sure the clock is in beat, that is you hear a steady, rhythmic, tick-tock. If you do not have the rod, let me know.

      Hope this helps.

      Ron

      Ron

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  5. I have a Sessions Westminster Mantel clock I got from my grandmother. It worked up until a few years ago. Don’t know what is wrong but I can’t afford to fix it. I would like to sell it for parts if someone needs it. Have the original key.

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    1. I have another article coming on this clock.

      The Westminster A is not an easy clock to work on and many clock repair people do not enjoy working on them because of their complexity. You will notice that it only has two keyholes where most clocks with a Westminster chimes have three holes, one for the time, the other for the strike and the third for the chime. This makes the clock complicated and difficult to work on.

      One reason that your Sessions clock may not be working is that they have notoriously bad clicks and it may be that a simple click repair (the click is what holds the spring when you wind it) is all it needs. These can be replaced quite easily without tearing down the clock.

      If you want to part it out, EBay is a great place. Otherwise you can still sell a non-working clock but you will not get as much for it.

      The third option you have is simply putting it on display as a reminder of your grandmother.

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  6. Re: Floating balance
    Hi Ron, I have worked on quite a few of these, and though you can’t repair serious damage done by abuse, I have been successful in a few cases when the balance was no longer floating, or was no longer keeping good time. When the balance is no longer floating, as in your case, and the spring is not straight the this can often be corrected by bending the spring at mounting point at the top upwards, until the spring is perfectly straight. I have found that by doing so, the balance moves upwards and is floating again. Second problem is perfect time keeping from fully wound to almost run out. If the clock slows down while the spring unwinds it is an indicator that the clock has been oiled excessively. The balance mechanism should never be oiled, and neither should the escape wheel pivots and verge pivots. Cleaning those is quite a task because it involves taking the movement apart. Instead of oil, I use with great success dry lubricant Molybdeneum Disulfide with particle size of less than 1.5 microns. The reason why oils can slow down a clock when the torque delivered by the spring drops has to do with the viscosity of the oil. Too long to go into the mathematics of it here.

    Joe.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I read your comments and will make some adjustments according to your instructions. Your comments about Molybdeneum Disulfide are most interesting. I am cognizant about the overuse of oil on a clock movement but not aware of the relationship of torque to oil properties. Something to think about. Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

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