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Hello John; purchased at auction this Colonial clock. Second, minute and hour run fine. Doesn't chime or
Strike. Have read your comments for days (really) and they were great help in identifying the problem.
The combo star gear and regular gear behind it has 4 pins to trip the chimes. Two are bent flat and two are broken off (from me trying to straighten them out). Do you know where I can get another similar gear or get this one repaired?  The clock has the model # on the back of the mahogany case 1218.  The back of the movement says" Colonial Manufacturing Company 16139 ".
Pictures available
64 and still learning
Best Regards,
Frank Burggraf
Johnstown, PA

Mr. Burggraf, thanks for sending the good photos of the clock.  The numbers on the back of the movement are important but the photos help a lot.  Numbers on out of production clock cases are usually not available for crossreferencing.  The fact that there is damage to the chime drum and gear could indicate further damage to the chime and strike functions.  An experienced clockmaker would have to actually look at it to evaluate whether the parts could be restored within an acceptable range, or good used parts could be found.  If there is a clockmaker in your area, it would be best to have it looked at.  I have send out an inquiry to my Internet Clocksmiths Group to see if there might be any members near your.  I will let you know.

John Newman
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama  

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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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