Clocks, Watches/Weight and chains


how to install on movement.

Daniel, most clock models require the same procedures.  However, some do differ.  So I will need additional information to advise you properly.  If you can send me a photo of the back of the movement and one of the weights showing the top hooks, that would be of great help. If you cannot send two pictures on the Allexperts forum, my shop email address is below:

1. Model of the clock movement.  Send me the information you find on the back plate of the movement (usually not found on other markings or labels on the clock).

2. Does the movement have a small seconds hand in a smaller dial on the main dial?

3. Is the pendulum a wood stick pendulum or a lyre (multiple rods and decorative metal pieces).  If it is a lyre pendulum, what is the diameter of the bob (brass disc)?

4. The approximate weight of each weight and are the top hangers eyes, hooks or a combination of each?

5. Are the chains attached to the movement or have they been removed?  If they have been removed, this requires more instruction and possibly a wire tool I can tell you how to make.

Any of the questions above that can be answered will help.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
137 First St
Prattville, Alabama 36067

Due to the number of Allexperts questions and
the workload I have at my clock shop, I regret
that I cannot answer personal email questions
on a timely basis other than Allexperts follow
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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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