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I have been given a Juba mantle clock by friends of the family.  It has been on their mantle in VA. for many years.  It is running but according to them it has never been cleaned or lubricated.  Would you recommend that it be cleaned and lubricated or should I just wait until it starts to stop telling the correct time.  I'm sorry that I can't find a date on the movement.

Steve,you have a nice clock there.  I do not know much about Juba, but it is probably German for the early 1900's.  As far as serving, a clock can run for years without any attention.  However, as with any mechanical device, parts will wear and lubricants will become old and gummy.  Very seldom do any of these problems cause the clock to vary in the timekeeping.  The chimes or strike become slow and stop or the clock just quits running.  When the clock fails due to lack of service over the years, the restoration can be rather extensive.  If serviced regularly, and I recommend every 7 to 10 years, it will be better in the long run as far as preserving the clock.

John Newman
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Prattville, Alabama

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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.


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.

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

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

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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