Clocks, Watches/Timer of some kind


I`m not sure if you do this sort of thing so I`m not sending any info until you say you will. While cleaning out my fathers` WWII locker I found a timer with 3 dials and it is in a hand tooled leather case.I did open it and there is no markings in or out. It measures 2"w X 3"h X 1"thick.My father did spend time in Germany and liberated a Nazi death camp.CAN YOU HELP TO IDENTIFY? I have taken it to several clock repair places and no one knows. Thanks

Richard, I apologize for the delay in my answer.  I have answered a couple of questions on Allexperts in which the questions appeared again.  So I don't know what is happening.

I don't really get into timers but I remember a question on timers came up on our Internet Clocksmiths forum concerning a timer from the UK.  The explanation was that it was for turning the early street gas lamps on and off.  It had to be wound.  If you want to send a photo to my shop email address below, I will post it to my Clocksmiths group and see if anyone knows anything about it.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

Note concerning questions not related to Allexperts:  Because of my commitment to answering Allexperts questions within a prescribed time limit and the large backlog of clock work at my shop, I regret that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis, other than Allexperts follow up questions.  I will try to answer these emails as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.

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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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