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What size weights do I need for my King Arthur GrandFather Clock?

Stanley, each type of movement requires the correct weight set to go with it.  If you will look on the back plate of the movement you will find identification numbers.  Usually if there is a group of numbers in the lower right-hand corner starting with 2 digits or one alpha character, it is a Hermle.  If there is an identification number to the right or possibly left starting with the letter "K", it is a Kieninger.  If the identification number starts with a "UW" it is an Urgos.  Give me all the identification and I will try to determine the size weights.  Sometimes the weights have to be built up using different weight iron or lead fillers.  The finish on the weight shells can be polished brass or satin finished brushed brass.  There are other types, but the polished or brushed brass are the most common.  Let me know and I will try to find a supplier that has these, or if not, I do have them in stock.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consult
The Village Clocksmith
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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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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