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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, 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. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 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 in Prattville, Alabama.

Experience in the area

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. 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.

Organizations

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

Publications

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

Education/Credentials

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

Awards and Honors

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

What do you like about this subject?

There are so many different types of clocks that one runs up on a different one each day. But I think that the most important aspect of my business is meeting the people that are the clock owners. They have such facinating stories about their clocks. However, the greatest satisfaction is bringing an old, worn out clock back to life.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Along with my demanding work in repairing and restoring clocks, I hope to start an introductory hands-on clock repair course. I am gathering information for an article on the history of the clock industry in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Some of the early clocks were long term used for noting planting times for agriculture, later for timing tides so ships could successfully leave and enter harbors, and so monks could time their vigils in the night. Now the most accurate clock is the cesium atomic waterfall clock whis is accurate to 1 billionth of a second per day!


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Recent Answers from John Newman

2017-02-21 Montgomery/ ward Grandfather Clock:

Craig, I answered your question last night, but got a notice that it did not send.  So, I'll do it again:    First, the model numbers on clock cases, labels and owner's manuals very seldom indicate the

2017-02-19 Pallesgaard Grandmother clock:

Hi, Neilsen. To answer the question on the threading of the weight chain, the outside weight chains thread in this way:  GENERALLY, there is weight hook or eye on one end of the chain and a solid tab on

2017-02-18 New mechanism:

Hi, Thomas.  First, I want to make sure that by "grandfather clock" to which you refer is floor clock with a pendulum.  Some people refer to older clocks or certain types as grandfather clocks.  If yours

2017-02-15 cuckoo clocks:

Kevin, I have seen 30-hour cuckoos converted to 8-day.  There are many variations in the models that could make it a little difficult.  If it is a simple cuckoo, meaning without a music box or any animation

2017-01-28 Howard miller model possibly 610-493:

Ray, I do not give appraisals, values or recommendations over the Internet.  The value of a modern production clock depends on the original retail selling price of the clock (not necessarily the advertising

 

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