Clock Movements

The 'movement' is simply the mechanism of the clock.

It consists of:

  • a power source; what moves the movement
  • a regulator; a means of controlling the movement to give accuracy
  • a striking mechanism

Most clocks have a plated movement; the mechanism is set between two vertical plates at the front and back. In some clocks, such as lantern clocks, the movement is 'posted' - two horizontal frames or plates are separated by four vertical posts. This is also called a 'bedpost' or 'birdcage' movement.