Clocks, Watches/Finial base broken

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Hi there John,

I have an Howard Miller 610-630 and it's cabinet got damaged.  The block that holds the finial is split in two pieces.  It got damaged when I had movers move my stuff from one house to another and they kept it a secret and I realize that once they were gone.  They must have put the other broken piece in their pocket and ran away with it as I couldn't not find it anywhere beside all my grand father clocks.  If I had found it, I would have been able to glue it back to the half part that's left on the top cabinet.  Nonetheless, I've called Howard Miller and they don't have that part in stock since the clock is 10+ years old.  Is there anything you can help me with?  Do you have a replacement part that will look authentic, size and color matching or perhaps an original?

Many thanks in advance, Joseph.

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Joseph, I believe you are talking about the flat square piece that fits above the top of the carved "fan" design and it wold have a hole in it for the finial.  Of course the finial should have been removed before shipping to keep from breaking it or the platform.  I would suggest you take the remaining half to a wood shop or cabinetmaker and have them make one the same size and finish.  Very seldom do clock (and furnuiture) manufacturers have replacedment parts for product lines.  Even between production runs the wood and finish characteristics change and they are all made together with each run so they match.  If you can't find anyone to do it, contact me at my shop email address and I'll see if I can help.



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
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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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