Clocks, Watches/Verge


Mr. Newman I am having problems adjusting the verge on 8 day mantle & kitchen clock, and how to determine the length of the suspension spring leads.
Thanks in advance for you expert advice on this subject.

Alton, there are many different brands of clocks and models.  Can you identify, or describe the type of movement to which you are referring?  On the adjustment of the verge, do you mean the beat, the depthing of the pallets on the escape wheel or actually forming the verge?  Is it the original verge or a new one?  I am not sure of what you mean by suspension spring leads.  Is this a clock with a suspension rod like a rod (thick wire) that is attached to the flat spring portion or the wire is flattened to a thin wide spring.  I have an idea of what type you might mean, but let me know the information above and I might be able to help a little.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
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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