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QUESTION: I have a small 7.5 inch high wood cabinet clock that has a wind-up clock.  The face says West Germany on it.  The clock mechanism is J. Hauser N0101 Jewels Unadjusted.  The clock works - however I am missing the weight that goes on the clock mechanism.  Can you tell me how to replace the weight?  The clock runs very fast as it is without the weight.

Thank You!

John

ANSWER: John, I believe you are referring to the pendulum bob.  It is what regulates the time.  Clock movements are made that look the same but are geared differently for use in clocks that are designed for different pendulum lengths.  Also the bobs will sometimes have a rating nut at the bottom of the bob to adjust the speed.  Others are set with no adjustment because the adjustment is made on a mechanism in the movement.  I will need to know a little more information than just the name, J. Hauser.  The rest of the description actually is written "NO (0) Jewels, Unadjusted.  This was a result of certain countries having import laws so they could put a tariff on precious jewels (which you don't find on many clocks as they are inexpensive man-made commercial jewels).  Also the "Unadjusted" had to do with laws governing certain labor taxes if done or not done in another country.  As I do not have enough information on your clock movement to recommend the correct pendulum and/or bob, would it be possible for you reply to my shop email address below with a clear photo of the back of the movement?  Then I'll see what I can find.


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 other than Allexperts follow ups.  

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QUESTION: Dear Mr. Newman,

Thank you for your prompt reply.  Yes - I believe that is what I am
looking for.  I see what you are asking for - however there does not
appear to be a great deal of notation on the engraving.  Perhaps you can
make more sense of it.  I have attached a few pictures of the clock and
the mechanism.  I have more pictures of the back if you need them.

Thank you for your assistance.

Regards,

John

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John, thanks for the good photos.  I had requested that you send them to my shop email address, as I sometimes do have problems pulling more than on photo on the Allexperts Website and I can no enlarge them, as I have to copy, save and go back to get a closer look.  Also, when I have parts that are readily unavailable from other sources, I can discuss the details, whereas I do not do that on Allexperts, as that forum is for advice only and not sales or service.  However, I do have an answer for your.  Look up any clock supplier such as Timesavers, R&M Imports, Merritts, Mile High or Ronell on Google or a similar search engine.  Most suppliers now have On-line catalogs.  One example is Timesavers.  They have a Novelty Pendulum-Miniature P/N10289 that would fit your clock.  I have 3 of the movements like yours that I bought in a box of small clocks.  I need to order the pendulums myself, as I am out of stock.  Some of these companies, including Timesavers, has a minimum order charge.


I hope this helps.  If you have any more questions, get back with me.


John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvilliage
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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