Clocks, Watches/Turn off chime


Hello, We have a 100+ year old Hansen Grandfather clock that runs perfectly.  When our grandson come to visit, we would like to be able to turn off the chime while the time still operates.  It has three weights.  I assume one is for the Westminster toll, one for the hour strikes and one for keeping time.  If this is true, which is which and can I take the weights off the chiming mechanisms and still have the clock work?  Thanks you.

Larry, the standard paattern is that as you face the clock, the center one is for the time (running), the right one is for the chime (tune) and the left one is for the strike (hour).  On most clocks the strike works only when the chime has finished its hourly chime.  So you can emove the right weight and the chime and strike will not function.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Old Prattvillage
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.


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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