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|Comment||Words cannot describe my elation over the explanation John Newman gave as to why my beautiful Ansonia mantel clock made in the NY factory circa 1900 was no longer "in beat." His suggestion of a simple remedy of raising and shimming up one side of the clock worked like a miracle. It is keeping time exactly (I checked it with the time on my PC, iPad and iPhone) and it chimes the exact number of times on the hour and just one chime exactly on the half hour. His response was very quick as well. This is the first time I have owned an antique clock, but I do have a keen curiosity about how things work and am fascinated by what I see when I look at the movement with a flashlight through the opening in the back of the case. I love having the clock in working order again, but I love having learned something even more. I now have an even more serious respect for the incredibly accurate and sensitive movement of this clock Thank you, John!|
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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.
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.
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)