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Hi My husband purchased a Ridgway clock at an auction several years ago, and is just now getting around to repairing it.  We have no idea what it needs but it appears to be in good shape.  My question is can one tell from the serial number the age or any other information about this clock.  We are not looking for its value, as we are giving it to our daughter for her new home. It is small and I would think it might be termed "grandmother" clock- but the current Ridgeway on-line catalog only lists the term grandfather. The serial # on the door is 91024696.  I am curious as to the age of the clock!
I thank you for reading this request, and for any info you could give on what may turn out to be a "labor of love" - as our daughter really likes the clock!!

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Marie,  I do have some Ridgeway catalogs and technical manuals, but there is no reference to dates.  I am not sure about this, but some of the manufacturers included the date in the serial number. If it was in the number you gave me, I would say that the clock was manufactured in 1991.



John Newman
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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.

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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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