Clocks, Watches/Ansonia 1050-021

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John- I have just received my mother's Ansonia 1050-021 mantel clock. It has been in storage for 2 years. I have read some of your other posts so I now know how to wind it, but I do not know how to set the time. Before I try to wind it, how do I set the time? Is there a manual?  Hal

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Hal, the movement was made by Hermle with the Ansonia name on it.  To set the time, the minute hand is moved to set the clock to the correct time.  It is a "safe-back" clock, meaning the minute hand can be turned clockwise or counter clockwise.  You do not have to wait for each chime function to finish while setting.  There is a chance that the chime and hour strike will not be synchronized when you finish setting it.  It will automatically correct itself within one or two hours.  If the strike is not striking the correct hour after the correcting takes place, wait until the hour strikes and count the number of strikes.  Then carefully slip the hour hand to the hour that just struck.  If you have any more questions, get back with me.  There are owner's manuals available.  I am out of my shop this week, but will check next week to see what I can find.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
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Prattville, Alabama

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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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