The Care and Adjustment of Traditional Clocks

Wall ~ Mantel ~ Shelf ~ Longcase (Grandfather)

English ~ American ~ German ~ French

English ~ German


This is a very straightforward method for the basic adjustment and synchronisation of the striking pattern of these clocks.

The countwheel system is found in many thousands of French, German, British and American clocks from almost all the years that clocks were made up to about 1950.  After that time most, but not all, used the Rack/Snail system where the mechanisms of Time and Strike are combined.  However the countwheel did persist for many years after 1950 so they are not uncommon.

Many people own a clock, usually quite old, where sometimes for no apparant reason the striking becomes incorrect with the time as shown on the dial.  If you experience this problem then you are almost certain to own a "countwheel" clock rather than a "rack and snail" type.

The countwheel mechanism does not automatically correct itself when the striking becomes incorrect.  However, it is an easy procedure that might take a little practice initially but soon makes the need to call out your clockmaker un-necessary.

This is an adaptation of the well tried and tested Lever Escapement as found in most modern watches and many carriage clocks and chronometers. In place of the pendulum we find a large balance wheel which is positioned to turn in the horizontal plane and secured in a slot in the top of the back plate of the movement. The balance operates a pin pallet escapement, which in turn runs the Going train of the clock.

They need occasional care and attention and these notes will give some basic guidance.

Notes to Assist the Owner in Adjusting the Rate and Setting to Beat
These clocks are traditional and are found in their thousands in homes and offices - Wall Clocks, Mantel Clocks from early in the 1900's right through the 30s 40s 50s to the present day.  Also the traditional "Grandfather" or more correctly known as the Longcase Clock.  These often are silent for the want of a very simple adjustment.

All my notes are given as step-by-step methods that I use myself when dealing with these clocks for my customers.

The notes are not complex but will assist both the ordinary householder clock owner and the Home Enthusiast who is keen to look after personal clocks and who seeks detailed information.  A total of fifteen pages of well tried instructions.


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Sylvester A Crowley 1998 to date Wales United Kingdom