A few Westminster mantel chime clock questions please....
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    A few Westminster mantel chime clock questions please....

    Paid 200 for it. In absolute pristine condition from 1931! Appears and functions like new, EXCEPT......

    Actually has two different chime melodies...Westminster and Whittington. Switch position is directly above the 12:00 Arabic. Movement seems to function fine...Runs for a week or so, keeps great time, but the chime function lasts only a few days before it stops chiming on a full wind of all 3 arbors.

    Question #1. Is it worth 200 bucks?

    2. Was this what they called an "8 day" movement?

    3. Notice there's no name branding on dial or anywhere on the movement that I could see....Who made it and country of origin?
    Was this a quality made clock, movement and chiming mechanism in its heyday?

    4. What do the 3 winding arbors on dial specifically wind what part of the movement/chiming mechanism?
    Why I ask, the left arbor always winds tight with fewest turns as middle or right.

    Any of your sage info greatly appreciated!
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    Re: A few Westminster mantel chime clock questions please....

    Nice looking 3 train 8 day tambour style clock. Each of the arbors winds a stiff long spring contained in a barrel that powers one train or section of the movement. There is a time, strike and chime train. It should run for 8 days on a full wind if the movement was serviced within 5 years. Chances are it is long overdue for cleaning, rebushing as needed, reoiling and retiming. That seems like a fair price for a complicated movement if the cosmetics are in decent condition. Which brand is it.

    edit: I see there is no name. The dial may have been repainted at some point. Check the movement over carefully. On your clock I believe the arbors wind left to right strike, time and chime trains.
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    Re: A few Westminster mantel chime clock questions please....

    Thanks John for the informative reply. After all 3 arbors are fully wound, clock/chime functions works great!

    It's only after a few days the chime function stops, but the clock runs for 8 days.

    Like you said, the clock has probably been LONG overdue for an overhaul!

    One friend told me why we see no badging/branding on dial or movement....perhaps the clock was made by an independent clock maker.
    That kinda made sense, since there were so many around during that era in time.

    Thanks again for your sage input!
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    Re: A few Westminster mantel chime clock questions please....

    Another possibility is that it was a kit clock. At one time mantel, wall and tall case clocks could be had in kit form to be finished and assembled at home. Some were quite nice. At some point the movement should be cleaned and reoiled. It can be done at home with the right tools, reading some repair books and patience. Or you might look around for a clock repair class offered at a local night school.
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    I would also suggest replacing the mainsprings, as they may be weak and lazy.(set)

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