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Edward Korfhage and Son, Buer, Germany, c. 1950's.

Three train with hour and quarter hour count wheel strike. Combined cast iron flat bed with plate and spacer construction. Graham deadbeat escapement with adjustable pallets. Planet and ring gear maintaining power on all three trains. Movement is equipped with a 60 second, differential type, gravity driven train remontoire. Movement is designed to be both electrically and manually wound. 38"w x 55"h x 30"d.

This is to date the most complex tower clock I have tried to restore. There are over 500 individual parts. The condition as found was in fair condition as far as oxidation. Basically a C and an A-E scale. This is, next to the completeness of the movement, the most important factor determining the difficulty of a given restoration.

The blue color is much lighter than in reality, the photo flash causes this shift. All parts were stripped down to the bare metal, All traces of rust are removed. Every square inch of the clocks' surface is covered by a protective coating (pivots and pivot holes excepted). Even wheels, including teeth are lacquered. All bolt heads and bushing faces were machined to obtain a damascene finish this, plus the fact that the overall finish is superior to that from the factory are the only departures from the original specifications of the clock. I generally keep to the original specs, but do stray when I think that the movements' look will benefit from the change, they are usually minor.

These photos are in connection with the hour strike train only. Notice how many parts are concerned with just this one subassembly of a three train clock. The first three photos shows the parts laid out on the work table first as found, second degreased and stripped, and third restored; ready for reassembly.  Click on individual photos for more pictures.

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                                Hour strike train disassembled (above).

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                                Hour strike train degreased and stripped of paint.

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                                Hour strike train restored and ready for assembly.

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