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QUESTION: I bought this weight driven wall clock at an Estate Sale and have not been able to find anything about it on the internet or at the Library. The name on the face appears to be Gletscher.  The movement mark is a shield bearing St Aubin and Suisse and the number 25197.  On the back of the clock there is a number 000106.
Lastly, the clock has a bell on top which dings for half hours and counts the hours.  I have many pictures if you need more.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Terry

ANSWER: Terry, I am unfamiliar with the clock.  I will check with my Internet Clocksmiths Group and see if anyone has any information.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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QUESTION: I've attached a couple more pictures that hopefully will help.

Terry

ANSWER: Okay, got the photos.  Haven't received any replies yet.

John Newman

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QUESTION: Hi John,  Had any response yet from your internet group?

Regards,  Terry

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My apologies, I think the question did not go through and I did not follow up.  I will try again.  Sorry for the delay.

John Newman

Terry, I have received a couple of replies, however not much additional information:

"I have one in the shop from a customer that bought it in Switzerland. The dial on mine says "Le CasAel" , but it has similar markings on the movement. Seems to be well made with heavy plates and gearing."

The second reply is a chart of the trademark manufacturer and location.  I cannot attach it to the Allexperts format.  If you will email me at my shop email address below, I will forward it to you.



John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

(Due to the number of Allexperts questions and
the workload I have at my clock shop, I regret
that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis
other than Allexperts follow ups.)  

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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". 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. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 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.

Experience

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

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