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I have a 1879 patent date. It is a mantel/wall clock, I have it on the wall. When opening the door to wind it, I jerked the clock to one side & it would not keep running. It was out of beat, and the piece that supports the pendulum had slipped down and was no longer attached to the brass rod with a slit in it. I got it back in place, and made a new pin to hold the part that the pendulum hangs from in place. The clock is now in beat and running fine. The issue is that it does not chime until about 5 minutes past the hour or 1/2 hr. The minute hand has a square at the base that slips over the square peg it is mounted to.  Any suggesting on how to get the time and chimes back in sync.  Thank you.

Diego, I apologize for delay in my answer.  I put myself on Allexperts "vacation" & it didn't take.  I am in a small town in Honduras on a mission trip drilling fresh water wells.  Internet connection is poor. I will try 2 answer your question this pm. If i cant, could I ask u to wait until next week or contact another expert? Sorry about the mix-up. John newman

Diego, good job on getting the clock to run and in beat! Was the clock striking incorrectly before the "Accident" happened? These clock manufactured aroun this time require making an internal adjustment, sometimes requiring the movement to be completely disassembled.  There is a possibility that the minute hand has been put on backwards.  The square holes in the minute hands can be off center a little, and if that case, reversing it can correct the problem.  Let me know if this works, and if not, I will get back with you the first of next week when I return to my shop.  I am in a hotel with Internet service for the evening and will be on my next leg of my return trip tomorrow, so probably will not be able to contact you any more until my return.

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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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