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I have a Hamilton Wheatland that runs great - keeps very good time, chimes correct number on the hour, but no chime on the quarter hours. At the qtr/half hour the hammer moves but does not strike the chimes. Just now it is 0831 here is Salt Lake City, UT and the mechanism ran - the hammers moved at exactly 0830 but did not strike the chimes.

Please advise - thx !


Michael, I am a little confused as to what is happening due to the terminology.  No problem, though.  Just as a technical point of information, we refer to the CHIMING as the tune played on the quarter hours and hour.   STRIKING is counting out the hour (and striking once on the half hour). Models of clocks, i.e. Hamilton Wheatland, do not necessarily identify the movement used in the clocks.  The information on most Modern production clocks is found on the back plate of the clock movements.  

I might need the model of the movement, but first, have you just acquired this clock, or if you have had it for a while did the chime/strike function just start happening?  How many winding holes do you find on the face of the clock?  Are there two or three.  Two would indicate what we call a time and strike.  Three would indicate time/chime/strike.  There are always exceptions, but rare and I would not think an exception in your case.  If there are two, is it a 31 (or thereabouts) day clock? And when you say, "At the qtr/half hour the hammer moves but does not strike the chimes."  What happens at the three quarter hour?  Let me know these answers and I will try to see what the problem is.

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