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I have a clock my mother bought me at an auction and brought to me unworking, A wire was loose and no battery was in it so I didnt have to do much before it worked and chimed, however the hour hand just hangs and doesnt move, when you move the clock it dangles (not like it is held in place at all). I am trying to find out about the clock so that I can find out the specs or what I need to fix it. It is a wooden wall clock, with the typical tempus fugit at the top and quartz above westminster chime right above the VI. It also where you would normally see the maker (ie Daniel dakota) it has La cloche. It only has one pendulum and no weights and is battery operated (C size battery). Is there anything you can tell me about this wall clock so that I can possibly know how to fix it or know what to do with it. Thank you. I can send a picture if needed but do not have access to a way to do that right now.

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Ashley, it looks like you have done a good job so far!  These quartz clocks are made by many manufacturers with different names on the clocks and we have no records on them.  The movements are considered throwaway products and as a result, parts or diagnostics are seldom provided by the manufacturers.  The clock repair charges for labor to work on one of these quickly exceed the cost of replacing a new unit.  However, in your case, it seems there is not anything wrong internally with the movement. The hour hand is secured with what we call a tapered slip fit.  It just needs to be pushed on. The way to do it is to turn the minute hand until it reaches the hour and strikes.  Count the number of strikes.  Move the hour hand to the hour that just struck and push it on until it is held firmly.  Then turn the minute hand or use the knob on the back of the movement to set the clock to the correct time of day.  That should do it. If you have any more questions, get back with me.

John Newman
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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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