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I have a Howard Miller wall ball clock with black balls. I am looking for two rods and black balls for this clock. They measure 4 3/4" long  the balls measure 1 1/4" wide. My clock dates from the 1950,s or 1960,s thanks

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Perry, if this is the modern electric or battery powered clock, these types were probably made by the hundreds and I don't know of any parts that are available.  You could check on an Internet auction site such as eBay for a good price on a used one, like not working.  I did a quick search and did not see any at the present. I am not familiar with the construction, but I would think that it might not be too difficult to make them or have them made.  A clockmaker or hobby type person might could do it for you.  If you can't find anyone to do this, I could probably make them if I had one of the good ones as a sample.  Do they unscrew from the body of the clock and what material is the ball?  I would think the rod would be steel.  Also, when making parts to match the original, the paint finish should be the same.  Sometimes it is best to repaint the originals with the same paint as the new ones.  Of course the value of some clocks can be diminished if the original characteristics are changed.  I would think this might not be the case with your clock.  However, I do not know the degree of collectability is with your clock.


John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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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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