Clocks, Watches/Linden clock

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I have a Linden wall clock #8052 I am looking for the knob that is on the bottom of the clock. There are three knobs on the bottom. Two small and one medium. I need one, small one. Do you know were I might find one? Thanks

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Ronald, there was more than one manufacturer of Linden clocks.  I know one was German and another Asian.  There is very little information available on these clocks unless some of us have photos or copies in our shops.  

As far as the knobs go, I believe you are referring to the finials but am not sure.  If they are finials, the designs did vary and it would be rather difficult to find one to match the remaining one. What we do in this case is to replace matching pairs.  I can probably help you if you can send me a photo of complete front of the clock and a closer one of the remaining small finial (or knob).  I will probably be able to tell from a photo, but do you know the finish on the clock such as cherry, mahogany, walnut, oak or maple?  Also what is the height of the finial from the base and what is the diameter of the dowel that fits in the hole in the clock?  Send what information you can to my shop email address below.  I might have the finished finials you need or can find a source for finials (unfinished) that will probably work.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Note concerning questions not related to Allexperts:  Because of my commitment to answering Allexperts questions within a prescribed time limit and the large backlog of clock work at my shop, I regret that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis, other than Allexperts follow up questions.  I will try to answer these emails as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.  

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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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