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Hi Kenneth,

thank you for your time. I have a French movement from a garneture clock with a locking plate strike mechanism. The problem here is that at 3, 9, 10 and 11, the clock overstrikes (in other words strikes the half hour as well) it appears the locking bar is not dropping into the notch on the locking wheel in time allowing the strike to continue.

I am at a bit of a loss with this one so any advice would be gratefully received. I have attached an image of the back of the movement. I'm hoping this is a common problem with a simple answer.

Thanks once again


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locking plate or count wheel on the French clocks seldom go bad but can be put back together so you get problems like you have.

not a simple fix

most often remove the count wheel itself and (it has a square hole in the center) retry the position in the other three possible ways, till it works properly. If that does not work then the movement needs to be taken apart and the gears re-positioned

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