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Style 909WM-610 movement 112L
Cant wind and before clock stopped working the lever for the chimes slipped a lot. Clock has been unoperable for at least 10 yearsv4whl

Margo, first, there is very little available information on clocks manufactured by companies that have gone out of business.  To diagnose your problems more accurately, I would need the actual model number of the clock movement.  If you will, look on the back plate of the movement itself and send me the information found there.  My clock shop email address is below.  But I can answer some questions in general.  Whether a clock has been running or standing for long periods, the oils become gummy and mechanisms will stick.  The clock should be cleaned and lubricated with fresh oil and grease. And this should be done about every 7 to 10 years.  I would imagine that you have a triple chime movement due to the chime lever you mentioned.  It moves a melody drum forward and backward to select the different chimes.  One of the causes of the loose chime lever could be that because of the gummy lubricants, the drum does not move freely.  It normally puts pressure on the lever mechanism and keeps it in place.  If it is not pushing on the mechanism, the lever will flop around.  As far as not being able to wind it, is this a chain driven clock in which you pull the chains to wind it or it is cable driven in which you wind it with a crank inserted in the dial?  I would suspect it is that type and one of the cables might have cross wound and is jammed.  Let me know actually what the problem is.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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 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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