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I wound up all three points, and it will chime when I move the hands, but the flywheel isn't moving.  Is there some "on" button or 'unlock' I don't know about?  It is level.  If it's not running, does this mean it's broken?

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Carolann, usually there is not much published information on the cross reference of clock model numbers and the movement models used in them.  I normally need to know the movement model number, but I think the Ansonia you have was made by the now defunct Ansonia Clock Company out of Lynwood, Washington.  I believe the 316 uses the 1050 8-day triple chime movement, made for Ansonia by Hermle.  If it is a single Westminster movement, it would be a 350. This is the balance wheel regulator version.  If it is a pendulum type it would be a 1051 or a 1050.  If it is the 1051 triple chime version, there is a lever on the right which selects the melodies (The 350 or 351 could have a silent/chime lever.)  The top position is for silent.  However, in looking back at your question, you say the "flywheel" isn't moving.  This the fan or fly governor.  There are two of them.  As you look at the back of the clock, the one on the left is for the chime, which plays the melodies on the quarters.  The one on the right is for the strike, which counts out the hour on the hour.  If the flys for the chimes and strike are running when they are supposed to, check to see if the hammers are pulling back and being released.  Some of these movements were equipped with transport or silence levers.  They might be in place to silence the chime and/or strike.  One more thing and that is that there might be some failure due to old and gummy lubricants and/or worn parts.  Get back with me and let me know what you find.


John Newman
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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". Considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop.

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One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

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NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

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Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

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Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

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Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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