Clocks, Watches/Re: Anitque Clock

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I would like to find out what kind of clock I have and its approximate value or how Incan find out the value.

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Sandra, as indicated on my Allexperts personal bio I do not give formal appraisals over the Internet.  However, your clock is a very popular and desirable collector's clock and  I will go ahead and give you a general range of values from the Internet "Antique Clock Identification Guide" of which I am a subscriber. If you frequently need to look at prices and history of clocks, this is on of the good Websites of which to subscribe.  You can access this Website to look at your clock, but the prices and information will not be shown to non-subscribers.   First you have what is know is a "Fashion" calendar clock manufactured by the Southern Calendar Clock Company.  The movement was manufactured by Seth Thomas and the story is that at the time of the manufacture of this series of clocks there was still quite a bit of dissension between the North and South and that was the reason for the name of the company, which was in St Louis.  From your photograph, it looks like you probably have what is known as a Fashion No. 2.  From auction sites over the last 10 or so, the values have ranged from $650 to $1500 (in excellent original condition), depending on original features, condition and the demand for clocks in the areas of the auctions or sales.  You can Google Fashion or Southern Calendar Clock Company and find more information.


John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Vintage Emperor Clocks Consultant
Located in 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.

Experience

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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