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I am having a hard time finding an instruction manual for a glass domed Elgin Anniversary clock.  I need to know how to set the clock and was told by one person that the Elgin was not like other anniversary clocks and was dangerous? was not told how to set it but just to wear gloves and a face protection when setting it?? I was also told the Elgin anniversary clock were not good?
it is gold with a glass dome, no leveling feet on the bottom of the clock.  has a winding knob sticking out of the back and a long handled gold handle with a black knob on the end that fits over the knob at the back.  there is the wheel in the middle with an arrow engraved on it.

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Sarah, there was an anniversary clock made for Elgin by S. Haller.  Your clock may be one of these.  Some clockmakers call it the "German time bomb" as if the mainspring breaks it can destroy the clock and break the glass. This can occasionally on its own, as can happen with any spring powered movement.  The biggest occurrence is when it is serviced by someone that is inexperienced in the proper procedures of this particular clock it.  If you will Google Elgin German Time Bomb, you will find plenty of information on the clock, including precautions and photos of a destroyed clock.  While I was researching this I found a Website that included a copy of the instructions, but cannot find it right now.  I also "think" I have a copy of the instructions at my shop, but it will take a while to find it when I return to my shop next week.  I will continue to try to locate the Website and let you know.  If I cannot find it I will ask you to send an email to my shop email address and get you a copy.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
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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