The cuckoo clock is next!
Yes, decisions. Hubby did some research. There is a clock repair in Brockville. Off we went.
I inherited this clock from my mother and father. It has a T. Eaton's Company info piece on the back. It plays the traditional Westminster chimes on the quarter hour. I love hearing it in the wee hours when I have insomnia and I'm curious about the time!
I've had it on our bookshelf, under General Grant's photo (bought in Seattle).
At one time, the clock would only work if it sat under the General. Now, I cannot get it to work, at all. It'll go Tick-TOCK, Tick-TOCK, and then peters out. In addition, the clock face cover hinges are a bit weary.
The final problem, I had the winding key on the dining room table, and a cat has taken it somewhere. Hubby recalls hearing it hit the floor when I wasn't around. We've looked everywhere for it!
We took it to the Heritage Clock Repair in Brockville. Turns out, the gears sit in holes, that have deteriorated. The estimate to have the holes fixed is from $400 - 450. And it will take 6 months.
The alternative is to have a battery-operated system installed for $100 - $200.
The clock was built sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. That's what the horologist said. His wife said to just tilt it up on one side. (That didn't work.) New ones can run $500 - $1500. The other problem is that he said he has so many to repair, it would take six months!!!!!
They are pretty common, and I have no idea where mom got it from, lots for sale on-line.
Then there is the cuckoo clock that sat in the cottage for 50 years. It doesn't work, either!!! We sold the cottage and moved to Lanark County in 2006.