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My experience is mostly with 19th century American clocks. I can answer repair questions and can identify most clocks of this period. I cannot answer questions about non-American clocks.

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Many years buying, selling, and collecting American clocks.


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2016-09-11 Sessions regulator #2:

Your dates are good. E.N. Welch became Sessions in 1903. I suspect it is fully wound. It should wind counter clockwise. It should have an even bet, which is more important than having it perfectly level

2016-06-19 Seth Thomas:

This is a fairly late item - probably 1930's-60's. A Seth Thomas from this era could have a German movement. I can't tell without looking inside. An American movement would be better. Copy and paste this

2016-05-12 Grandfather clock chimes are off:

Many of these clocks are self-correcting and it might just need to run and chime a few hours. If not, you can remove the right hand weight which will silence the chime. Them wait until the time agrees

2015-12-12 Seth Thomas strikes hour on the half-hour:

What has happened is that the strike ran down before the time so the clock kept running but not striking. To correct this you must push the minute hand right past either the hour or half hour and on to

2015-11-09 Identify clock:

Colonial was started in 1914. I don't know if they are still in business but I have one dated 1979. I would date yours to the early 20 century. Yours probably has an American movement. Later ones like


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