Monthly Archives: January, 2014


Posted in - Metal polishing on January 2nd 2014 0 Comments

Brass and silver cased clocks, in particular, are subject to oxidation and tarnishing due to reaction with the air, pollution and moisture therein. Most cases were originally lacquered to prevent the deterioration however in many cases this lacquer breaks down with time or is polished away.

These cases may be returned to their original glory by …


Posted in - Case restoration on January 2nd 2014 0 Comments

Junghans swinger mystery clocks are regularly found with the figurine’s arm damaged or broken . These figurines are “lost wax”castings and so are hollow and quite fragile at certain places of the figurine. Typically the breakage occurs on the arm of the human figurines and on the support component of the animal figurines, ie. the …


Posted in - Case making on January 2nd 2014 0 Comments

It is not uncommon for a clock mechanism to be separated from its original case. Wooden cases deteriorate due to moisture, heat, glue failure, abuse and accident. Metal cases rust, oxidize, break or fall apart due to joint failure. Stone cases fall apart due to adhesive failure and accident.

As a result of these situations many …


Posted in - Electric clock on January 2nd 2014 0 Comments

The use of small batteries in clocks began in the mid 1800’s and continued as interest in electrical appliances grew through to the 20th century. Early dry cell batteries ( Leclanche cells ) were small glass containers then progressed to the more familiar zinc cased cell all of which were prone to leak and cause …