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My mom gave me the grandfather clock that my dad had built. One of the weights had lost it's hook so the clock hasn't been used in a while. I was able to get the hooks from Emperor, however I have no idea how to hang the weights. All 3 are different weights, one being 7 lbs, another being 4 lbs 8 oz, and the third being 4 lbs 7 oz. The clock works, but the time is off, nor does it chime on the hour.  Can you please help me on this one and let me know how the weights should be hung, and why the chime might not be working? Oh, and the picture thing on top of the sun and moon doesn't move either. Thank you so much! This clock means a lot to me since I lost my dad 15 years ago to cancer.


Courtney, the heaviest weight goes on the chime (right side as you face the clock.)  The other two go on the center and left side.  The one ounce difference does not make any difference.  

I will need to know what you mean by "time is off."  Do you mean that it doesn't strike the hour shown, or what?  

When you say the clock doesn't chime on the hour, do you mean strike?  For clarity we refer to the chiming as the medlody on the quarters and striking as counting the hours.

Concerning the moon dial on the 101M movement, there is a gear on the hour tube behind the dial that turns with the hour hand.  It engages gears on the back of the dial.  The last gear has a pin on it that advances athe moon dial as it rotates once a day.  There is a detent spring that holds the moon dial in place ready for the next advance.  If it is not advancing, the causes would be that the gears are not meshing the pin has broken off or the detent spring is not holding properly.  An experienced clockmaker would probably have to diagnose the problem and remove the dial from the movement to correct it.

Get back with me on the above questions and we'll see what we can do from there.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

Courtney, I did fail to comment on further thing and that is that we work with the clock until we get it going, as it will be a pleasant reminder of your father.  

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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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