Clocks, Watches/Ridgeway clock


Hey, I have bought a ridgeway grandfather clock. It says ridgeway va 87 on works and a 451-037
Little white sticker says..model 347
Inside Door it says ridgeway registered serial number 870 37250
Can you tell me anything about this clock?
I am trying to find owners manual, date, possible cost when new.
I have searched the Webb with no real help.
Thank you for your time..Jeff

Jeff, I would like to help you, but I don't have much information on the clock.  The Ridgeway information I have starts with 4 digit numbers and that must have been after your clock was  manufactured, which, from the information you have given me, was in 1987.  The movment was made by Hermle for Ridgeway and is a chain weight driven 8 day movement.  The last 3 numbers you give me are -037 the 03 means that the chime hammers are on the side.  I have never seen a 7 only an 0,1,or 2.  This has to do with handshaft length.  So, I'm not sure what that indicates.  If you can send a clear photo of the complete front of the clock to my shop email address below, I might be able to find you an owner's manual of a similar clock that would cover most of what you need in a manual.

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)

Awards and Honors
Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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