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This was my grandmother's clock. It is a Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. The model name is Media but I have not been able to find it anywhere. Written in pencil on the label is DTD 750. Could you tell me the age of this clock and also how do I wind it? It does have a key. The key will not turn anything. Thank you.

Linda, I know of a Wm. Gilbert "Medea", but not "Media".  The approximate date of manufacture would have been from around the early 1880's to the mid-1990's.  The winding arbors are the two holes in the face of the clock.  If the key does not fit on them, it would be the wrong key.  A proper key should fit over the arbors easily, but without too much play, as it could slip and cause damage.  During the era that these clocks were made, the winding directions did vary between manufacturers and even models of the same manufacturer.  I have a Gilbert movement in front of me (1904) in which the right winding arbor (time) winds in the counterclockwise direction and the left winding arbor (strike) turns in the clockwise direction.  The key size would be a #6 or #7, depending on the manufacturer of the key.  It is best to have a key fitted by a clockmaker to insure you have the correct one.  I hope this helps a little.  If you have any more questions, get back with me.

John Newman
Old Prattvillage
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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