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WIll like an authorized repairman in Ontario to oiled our clock
Recently moved and were careful in the moving but the clock is not adapting to new place; always stop, need someone to take a look at it....

Evangeline, unfortunately we do not have any Clocksmiths members in the Ontario area.  But maybe I can offer some suggestions to help you, which I try to do before having someone look at it.  If your clock has not been serviced in the last 7 to 10 years it would probably need to have that done.  But let's try some things first.  Moving a clock, or even removing and replacing the pendulum will cause it to get out of beat and that will stop the clock.  You didn't give me the model of the movement, which is determined by the information found on the back plate of the movement.  Generally, you want to check to see if the weights are hung correctly making sure the heaviest weight is hung on the right side (as you face the clock), and if the pendulum is a decorative metal type with a large bob, the center weight could weigh as much as the right one. Make sure the pendulum is attached to the hanger and crutch.  If you do not have an owner's manual and do not understand the names of the parts, get back with me and I will go into a little more detail. If it is a cable drive, make sure the cables haven't tangled at the top and they are threaded through the pulleys. Regarding the beat, you should hear a tick....tock....tick....tock.  If it goes tick..tock......tick..tock, it is out of beat and will stop.  The later models of the modern grandfather clocks have an self-adjusting auto-beat mechanism.  To set it, the pendulum is held over to one side of the case and released.  It should set it's own beat and continue to run.  Good luck and let me know what happens.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
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)

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

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