Clocks, Watches/Ridgeway clock

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John,

I am looking to buy a used Ridgeway grandfather clock.  It has the model number 5281 inside the clock.  Any idea how old it is?  It is missing a piece of the wood scroll at the top.  Do you know where I can get parts for it?

Joe

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Joe, as you probably know, Ridgeway is no longer in business.  They were bought out by Howard Miller in 2005.  Howard Miller has continued a line of Ridgeway clocks.  I have an old Ridgeway catalog and will check tomorrow and to see if your clock is listed.   Wood parts are usually not available, as the manufacturers do not offer them as replacement parts.  A cabinet shop or furniture refinisher could make and finish a part to match.  If you are talking about a finial or detachable part, they or a close match would be available.  Could you send a photo of the missing part to my shop email address below?  Maybe I can offer a suggestion.  If you are talking about getting parts like a movement, dial, chimes, weights or pendulum, they are available from clock suppliers or business that stock old clock parts. I will get back to you on the model number.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

(not a mailing address)

klokdok@juno.com

Due to the number of Allexperts questions and
the workload I have at my clock shop, I regret
that I cannot answer personal email questions
on a timely basis other than Allexperts follow
up questions.



Joe, the Ridgeway clock catalog I have lists only the clocks with the model numbres in the 2000's and the 9000's, not the 5000's.  I decided to Google the model and see if I could find anything.  There was a hit and when I went to the Website (Allexperts), I found a question that was asked in 2009.  Guess who answered it?  Yup, it was me!  However, it was a technical question concerning the movement and I had no informatiaon on the complete clock itself.  It turns out the owner had the answer as far as the age.  He said he had owned it for 24 years.  So, your clock would be apporximately 30 years old.

As you have probably seen on my Allexperts personal bio, I do not give values or appraisals over the Internet.  But maybe this will help.  The value of a (modern production clock) depends on the age, selling price, the condition of the case and movement (what it would cost to bring it up to good condition)and most importantly, the demand for clocks and the economy in the area in which the clock is being sold.  

I hope this helps a little.

John Newman

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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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