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I have a 1-day dutch chair- clock purchased in 1970's.

Clock was hand-made by a surviving family of original 1-day clock  makers, after the Dutch industry was decimated with the introduction of the German 7-day movements
Clock was working but has been packed for 20+years as we moved house many times.

When I unpacked the clock, hung it, and fitted the weight, the mechanism wound , but I then found the chain had slipped off the cog as I completed pulling the weight up.

The Chain is wedged between 2 cogs.

I took the clock to a clock repair person, who  said the clock needed to be dismantled in order to refit the chain. He quoted over $500 to dismantle, re-fit chain, and  clean and oil !

How do I release the chain? I am a competent handyman, and make jewellery as a hobby.

without a photo - gonna be kinda hard to say-- probably not stuck on a cog but between the chain wheel and the next gear -- might be able to pry some freedom with a twist of a screwdriver?   can you attach a photo of the back  with as much of the chain problem you can?

$500 sounds outrageous but maybe it is justified??? valuable antique???  

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Kenneth Saunders


Any mechanical clock question - no battery clock questions and no appraisals. 47 years as a professional clock repair person- still a full time clock repair service owner. Attach a photo if possible and note all markings on the rear of the mechanism- thanks


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