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I just received a Welby German Mantle Clock with Westminster Chimes, that has belonged to my aunt for a long time. It worked perfectly at her house, but she became ill and the house sat empty for a year, so the clock was not wound or kept up. It has the key and 3 holes for winding. I don't know which is for winding the clock for time, which is for chimes, and what the 3rd is for. The one one the far left, facing the clock, seems to be wound and I don't want to wind it any tighter. The other two could be wound. I know it is not a valuable clock but it has sentimental value for me, and I love the chimes. There is a brass knob on the back at the top that says chimes, with arrows pointing each way, then SIE and in larger letters EIV7. The chimes are now sluggish, and I am afraid to try to adjust it for fear of throwing the whole mechanism off. Can anyone help me with this? I tried to look up information about this clock but only found sales sites. I would like to know how to take care of this clock, and how to wind it, set it, and any information about it you can give me. Does it need repair, or cleaning? I have always had good results from you all at Fixya. Thanks very much. Jeanne

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  • jkanady May 30, 2011

    Hi,

    Thanks for your suggestion. I am not sure about the graphite. My husband used to use it on locks and such to make the key easier to turn, but I am not sure about putting anything in the clock that might make it not work at all. I don't have a problem winding the the clock, except for the one that seems tightly wound. I don't know what that one is supposed to do. It seems to keep good time, but the chimes are slow and sluggish and that is what I am concerned about. I can get into the back. there is a large door on the back that opens with a ring handle. There are mechanisms in there that are obviously for adjustments, but I don't know how to adjust the clock. Since you say you don't know much about this clock I would rather hear from someone who does. Thank you for responding.

    Jeanne

  • jkanady May 30, 2011

    I am not sure about the advice I received, as he said he didn't know about my clock. I would rather hear from someone who does know this type of clock. It has a large door on the back, and inside are the works, and a couple of things look like they make adjustments, but I do not know what adjustments to make or even what they do. I am mostly concerned about the chimes being slow and what the different winding mechanisms do, especially the one on the left that cannot be wound. Thanks very much.

  • jkanady May 30, 2011

    Thank you for responding to my question. Yes, this is an 8 day clock and my aunt would wind all 3 holes every 8 days,without fail,as long as she was able. The clock has been striking every quarter hour and fully on the hour, so why is the left one not unwinding? My aunt would wind all three, but I cannot wind the left one as it is tight and never seems to need winding. Could it be overwound? It has been striking correctly, but it just very slow and hard to hear from another room. That was not the case at my aunt's house. You could hear it in every room. I wanted to know if there was any adjustment I could make, or does it need a clock repair person. The problem is there is only one that I know of on the MS Gulf Coast, since Katrina, and he is in another town about an hour away. Also, the key is not double ended and there is no eeky tweaky hole at "12" :o) Thanks for your help.

  • jkanady Jun 02, 2011

    Yes. The response was what I thought, that it needs cleaning, although it looks very clean in the back, the mechanisms and all. I was glad to know the numbers and letters, SEI etc. meant the chimes. Not sure what you meant about 2 different chimes. Did you mean a different sound, or is it for the different strikes. It plays the chimes on the quarter hour and a full strike with number of hours on the hour. Thanks for your help. Jeanne

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These clock do need oiling every couple of years and should be cleaned at least every 10 years.

One of the winding holes is for the time, one is for the strike and the 3rd is for the chime. These do vary in location from clock to clock so I can't advise any further. It sounds like this clock has 2 differenct chimes depicted by the SIE & EIV7.

I think your best option is to take it to a clock shop and get it cleaned. They should then be able to give you more information on the chimes and its operation.

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The center hole in every three holer I've seen - is for "TIME" - makes the clock run. Most all have the hour strike on the left and the melody on the right. NONE of these regulates speed ( regulation ) Now there are some clocks that have a double-ended key and there'll be a liddle eaky tweeky hole at the very top near "12" for "speed". That is the ONLY SPEED regulation on the FRONT of any clock I've seen. You may be aware that the clock speed changes as the spring unwinds. That's the physics of a spring - more power fully wound. But you don't regulate the speed by the amount of winding. You FULLY wind ALL three once a week if it's a ONE WEEK running clock.

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I don't know a lot about your clock, however, I do know that my grandpa back in the 1950's keep his coo-coo clocks running by once in a while sqirting graphite into the mechanism. You may be able to get graphite at a hardware store...I haven't seen any in a long time. Graphite acts as a lubricant. It is a powdery substance and usually dark gray in color. This might get your clock running once you can trip it back. I would insert the graphite in the winding holes or if you can get in the back of it and squirt it and then try to wind the holes that are not wound.

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