Here is a list of some of the things regarding your clock and its care. The winding of the clock is what you will likely be doing most, so we will start with that.When your clock is fully wound, the stress on the bearings is at its greatest. Your clock is likely to give you trouble at the top of its wind due to lack of suitable lubricant. Wind the clock fully once a week, if it is an eight day. Don't worry about over winding a spring driven clock.

damaged clock pinionRegulating your mechanical clock is something every clock owner should master. It is easily done, but will require a long term commitment for the best results. If the clock is out of time at the weekly winding, adjust the pendulum bob screw in the indicated direction (at the very bottom of the pendulum). It is sometimes marked "advance" or "retard", or maybe "fast" or "slow".

If its not marked at all, then the following should be your guide. The screw will unscrew in a counter clockwise direction with the edge of the screw passing from your right to your left to slow the rate and the opposite is of course true for advancing the rate.

Usually, regulating the clock every week or couple of weeks is better than adjusting it every day. After your clock has been serviced, a quarter or half turn of the screw once a week is all the adjustment you should make. Please note which direction you moved the screw. It gets difficult to keep track of minor adjustments, especially when approaching the limits of the clock's accuracy.

It may take a month or more for your clock to settle down to its optimum rate.

Once your clock is regulated within reason and settled into the home again after service, it should be stable for three or four years. A change in the time keeping and/or a slowing of the chime or strike features are usually a good indicator of needing service again. If you are running your clock daily, year round, a proper servicing every four years (about 35,000 hours of operation) should prevent much of the wear that would otherwise ruin your investment.

When moving your Mantle clock for any reason, it is a good idea to open the back door and grasp the clock by the top of the opening. Doing this tilts the clock forward slightly and rests the pendulum against the movement where it is unlikely to damage the suspension spring. Suspension springs are easily damaged. When moving your clock to another home, carefully remove the pendulum in order to protect the suspension spring. It may be wise to consult a professional horologist if you are at all concerned about the safety of your clock during any move.

Another shipping feature that the manufacturer has usually included in the design, is the chime rod interference that is evident on the chime block casting inside the case. When pushed, the lever raises a corrugated bar to rest up against each chime rod, preventing it from clanging up against the case and other rods, pendulum etc..

Please, if you have questions or trouble with your clock, drop me a note and I will do my best to see that your concerns are addressed promptly.