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After having spent a few years working in the UK, I purchased a beautiful Grandfather Clock as a keepsake. Name on the dial: Thomas Berne.
3 Weights on  brass colored chains. Choice of 3 different chimes every 15 minutes. Striking once at Quarter after the hour, Repeating x2 at 1/2 hour, x3 at quarter to and x4 just ahead of the hour. Main strike reflects the hour. Excellent time keeper. Worked AOK for 13 years.

Now the quarter hour chimes have stopped. Nothing obviously broken. Slight increased pull on the chain has no effect. Hourly strikes still faithfully counting every hour.No visible dust or spider webs.

Can you possibly advise the name and contact details of the manufacturer?

Also the name and contact details of the supplier and contact details of suitable lubricants.

Best Regards

Pieter De Waal

Mr. De Waal, I had answered your question and evidently it did not go through.  The following is the information I found on the name Thomas Berne.  I don't know if he was a clockmaker.  I checked with my Internet Clocksmiths Group and I received one reply from a member in the UK.  He did not have any listings.  The only clockmaker listed as Berne was in France with another First name.

Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)
Lucas Directory

Carlow 1788

From a General Directory of the Kingdom of Ireland, or Merchants' and Traders' most useful companion,
by Richard Lucas. (Vol. II). Dublin 1788


BERNE   Thomas   Teacher of Mathematics & Land Surveyor   Gurley's Lane

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

I forgot the suppliers.  The ones I use in the US are Timesavers, Merritts, R & M Imports, Black Forest Imports, Ronell and Mile High Clock Supplies.  I would choose a medium grade clock oil in a pen applicator and a clock grease in a bellows type grease despenser.  You can Google them and most have On-line catalogs.

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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)

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Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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