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Hi Ken:
I have an 1897 Ansonia Chester clock. It is in wonderful shape, works well, even has a key, but the chiming is off.
I am unsure how it is supposed to chime. The original ad (1897 Sears Roebuck Catalogue) for the clock says it is an 8 day movement. It chimes on the hour and half hour, but having never had a chiming clock I assume the chime should be one chime for 1am, 2 for 2am etc etc. Right now mine is chiming 3 times at 10:30am, 4 times at 11:30am and only once on the hour. Can you help with how I can adjust this to correct it? Thanks for all your instructions to everyone.

while it is striking the hour when the minute hand is moved to "6" continue quickly to move it to five minutes after the next hour.

it will now be doing the single strike at the half hour like it is supposed to be.

to make the hour strike agree with the time - knowing it always does one more strike than the last hour-- you can predict what it is going to do at the next hour. Just as above, while it is stiking, quickly move the minute hand around and around till that hour that it is striking is reached-- if you get there before it finishes striking, you will be in sync. then set the correct time by going around and patiently waiting for it to finish striking at the hour and half hour till you have the correct current time shown.  

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