Clocks, Watches/vintage clock


I just purchased a vintage ceramic clock and on the face at the bottom it says clock movement by sessions.  On the back on the silver plate it says clock movement by lanshire.   I also found a letter K in the ceramic on the bottom.  My question is, is it lanshire or sessions.  Or mabe a little of both some how ?

Marge, when the major turn-of-the-century clock companies started reducing their production of mechanical wind up and switching to electric movements, there were a lot of mergers and using of other manufacturer's components.  Lanshire is a very popular electric clock movement and I am sure that it would be original in your Sessions clock. Some have had a "Kay" on the bottom of the clock, indicating the painter of the designs on the case.  Generally, these clocks were manufactured from the late 1930's through the 1940's into the 1950's.

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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.


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.

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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