Misc. parts and repairs

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Brass 3 train (1a).JPG (557480 bytes) The first two photos show serious casting flaws in the wheel work. This very large void was found in the main wheel of the hour strike train. This wheel is subject to the greatest stresses from the weight that hangs upon the barrel directly connected to this wheel. It is now known that a weight of 65 lbs. is needed on this wheel. It is unlikely this part would have functioned over a long period of time without failure. Another indication that this movement had never been brought to a successful conclusion and thus into regular service.

It is hard to see why, when what otherwise was demonstrated to be a competent maker, he would have continued to cut the teeth on the wheel after discovering this serious defect, yet alone mount it to the arbor and install into the movement.

Brass 3 train (85).JPG (544992 bytes) This smaller void was found on the third wheel of the quarter strike train. In both instances these voids were filled with new metal and are nearly impossible to see.
Brass 3 train (2).JPG (594821 bytes) Several holes were found in the cast iron base. The two larger holes carried though to the other side (next photo) leaving the impression that maybe something like an arbor or rod of some sort went clear through. The purpose(s) of these holes have never been ascertained and these were filled before repainting of the base.
Brass 3 train (4).JPG (565317 bytes) The inside of the holes are not threaded. They are not smooth. Indicating that they were drilled and then left open for the entire life of the clock, allowing the insides to develop a corroded surface.
Brass 3 train (7).JPG (555581 bytes) These holes are further discussed in the section dealing with the replacement of the strike fly fans. All open holes in the brass strike and going train frames were filled.
         Brass 3 train (32).JPG (596325 bytes) Here is seen the motion works and hour snail. It was decided that in keeping with the style of the rest of the wheel design, the motion work wheels should be spoked in a similar manner.  The snail has curious two, different sized holes. It would have been better to simply leave it in the solid. The snail was spoked to match the rest of the quality of the movement.
Brass tower clock-Saff (76).jpg (555264 bytes) The following three photos show the base and frames restored to their original elegance with all extraneous holes filled.
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Brass tower clock-Saff (80).jpg (524522 bytes) Restored wheels and pinions. It's important to note that the wheels were riveted to the pinions not screwed to collets. (A curious anomaly in what otherwise was very high quality wheel work). The restorer took the extra effort to part these pieces so as to properly clean and refurbish these parts. All the work is first rate.

The various clock parts after polishing and ready for reassembly. 

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