A Few Points To Consider Prior To Purchasing A 400 Day Anniversary Clock
Do your homework, make sure you know what you are buying.
Take a look at the sites listed on the home page.
- If a seller says a clock runs. Ask how long as these clocks will appear to run for a short time simply due to the inertia from a small nudge of the pendulum. I have seen clocks which were supposed to be in running condition with a suspension spring which
looked like a cork screw. If the suspension spring gets the lightest kink in it, the clock will not run.
IMPORTANT! If a clock was cleaned and serviced ask if the main spring was removed from the barrel, checked for resiliency and distortion. This is a step that a lot of repairmen tend to skip either because they are too timid to remove the mainspring or do not have the equipment for the task. The main spring must be in good condition to operate the clock for a full year. Old oil (remember, most of these clocks are at least 30 years old many are around 50 years old) will become gummy causing the coils to stick to each other and to the sides of the barrel.
Adding fresh oil, as some repair people do may help for a short period of time, perhaps a month or so. If the spring is distorted as it uncoils, energy is lost in the pressure that the twisted coils exert on the sides of the barrel. This distortion is usually caused by twisting the spring in an attempt to install it by hand; distorted springs must be replaced.
Make sure the seller is willing to help you get your clock running if you have a problem. The problem most encountered due to shipping is that the clock gets out of beat. Which simply means that the fork is not lined up properly with the anchor pin to permit the pendulum to swing and equal distance from left to right. If the pendulum swings more to the left or the right the clock will not run. When I sell a clock I include directions for putting the clock into beat.