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We inherited a clock that we have no idea if it is old & should be repaired or if its just a reproduction.  The name is solar & has a identification number on the back panel door

Colleen, I would say that your clock is definitely not a reproduction.  It is considered an Art Deco style probably for the 1930's.  I am not familiar with the "Solar" brand.  However, it is a nice looking clock and definitely considered a collectible.  It is probably German, possibly English which could have a German movement in it.  When a customer asks me if their clock is worth fixing, I tell them that I will give them an estimate and then they can decide whether to have the work done.  Clocks that have been in the family or have sentimental value usually get repaired.  Many times the repair bill is more than the clock is worth if it is to be sold, but to many customers, their clocks are priceless and bring back family memories.  If you will Google "German Art Deco Mantel Clock" you will find some clocks almost identical to yours.  Good luck and I hope you enjoy your clock.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

Colleen, I am sorry but I should have suggested you go to eBay and check out "German Art Deco Mantel Clock".  You will probably find something by Googling, but the eBay reference is what I was thinking.


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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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