An unusual French open escapement clock

An unusual French open escapement clock.

An unusual French open escapement clock

An unusual French open escapement clock

This one was not working when I purchased it at an auction for more that I should have paid (one of my early purchases). I started to dismantle the movement and discovered that, among other things, the striking hammer was broken. I did not have a replacement and could not find one from any clock supply sources. So, I took it to a local clock repair. I asked him to repair the striking hammer and he asked me if I needed the movement cleaned, I said no and left the store.

Three months later I received a call to let me know the clock was ready. I arrived to pick up my clock. I was handed the movement,  now bright and shiny with a new striking hammer. Apparently, the shopkeeper had forgotten about our conversation and he had cleaned the movement anyway. The bill was $286.00.

This was the moment that I decided that from that day on I would learn to repair clocks myself. This is not to say that I was dissatisfied with his work; he did a great job.

Unless you have very deep pockets, clock collecting for most people is only affordable if you can do your own repairs and restorations.

NOTE for this clock: That which is pictured is not the original pendulum.

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