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Old 12-04-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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So, I have this old Cuckoo Clock.

It was at my wife's Grandma's house, and after she passed, nobody wanted it and they were going to throw it out.
I saw the hand carving, and it seemed very old, and I felt that would be a shame. I don't really think I like Cuckoo clocks, much though. So now that the Rachael is back to school, my wife had some time and took it in. They want 500 bucks to repair it. They said it was worth much more than that, which I am wondering if I should believe that or not. I have no idea, but we are going to get a few more opinions on that. I searched Ebay, but the clocks there never topped 1000. I just thought I would ask the collective.
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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we got one on the wall too, it was my grandfathers.
It use to work, but no more.
Grandpa had some pretty hefty weights tired to it and the pendulum has an emblem off a Cadillac tied to it.
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:18 PM   #3
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If it was in my grandmas house, I'd keep it, too.

What's wrong with it?
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:08 PM   #4
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If it was in my grandmas house, I'd keep it, too.

What's wrong with it?
Nothing major, it may even work, but it is very tarnished.
From what I can tell, clockworks are not lubricated much, but they are supposed to be clean.
One of the bellows for the cuckoo is broke, and the hands are slightly damaged, and Ivory, I am told.
I think it's kind of cool looking though.
The charges are repair, and cleaning and testing.
I would also like to know how old it is,
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:08 PM   #5
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we got one on the wall too, it was my grandfathers.
It use to work, but no more.
Grandpa had some pretty hefty weights tired to it and the pendulum has an emblem off a Cadillac tied to it.
I like Grandpa.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:22 AM   #6
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I've have had old none working (not cuckoo) clocks checked and cleaned for $35. You need to shop around.

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Thank you. That is what I figured. They did imply that the hands would be expensive, as they are Ivory. I am wondering if you can even get that anymore anyway.
We will shop around.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #7
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I am wondering if you can even get that anymore anyway.
As long as the elephant died of natural causes.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:52 AM   #8
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""American Cuckoo Clock, Philadelphia c.1900

This neat old cuckoo clock strikes on the hour and on the half hour with a mellow gong and great sounding cuckoo call. Super "How to Hang a Cuckoo Clock" rear label gives complete instructions on how to operate the clock. The case looks to made out of carved black walnut. The clock has had a carving repair made to the birds wing on the top of the case that was made at some point in the past. The American Cuckoo Clock Company was a company that imported the Craftsmen from Germany to manufacture the cuckoo clocks here in the United States as so many of the delicate cases were arriving damaged in transit at the time. Read more about this type of clock in Rick Ortenburger's book, Black Forest Clocks. This clock is no longer available.""

From here: http://www.thompsonsclockshop.com/antiqueclocksp2.htm
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Made in Germany, who knows how old it is.
The crystal globe is dusty, I didn't notice it till I looked at the picture.
Pretty much hasn't been touched since it was hung on the wall several years ago. Custom Weights and all.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:17 PM   #10
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I've have had old none working (not cuckoo) clocks checked and cleaned for $35. You need to shop around.

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I have had my clock cleaned for free, but it hurt.
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""American Cuckoo Clock, Philadelphia c.1900

This neat old cuckoo clock strikes on the hour and on the half hour with a mellow gong and great sounding cuckoo call. Super "How to Hang a Cuckoo Clock" rear label gives complete instructions on how to operate the clock. The case looks to made out of carved black walnut. The clock has had a carving repair made to the birds wing on the top of the case that was made at some point in the past. The American Cuckoo Clock Company was a company that imported the Craftsmen from Germany to manufacture the cuckoo clocks here in the United States as so many of the delicate cases were arriving damaged in transit at the time. Read more about this type of clock in Rick Ortenburger's book, Black Forest Clocks. This clock is no longer available.""

From here: http://www.thompsonsclockshop.com/antiqueclocksp2.htm
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That is really cool. Thank you. I am going to write to that Clock place, as they said none of these clocks are available any more.
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Thank you. That is what I figured. They did imply that the hands would be expensive, as they are Ivory. I am wondering if you can even get that anymore anyway.
We will shop around.
I'll bet it works, I didn't read but do you have the weights and chains? The Kookoo thing is annoying anyway as long as it keeps time.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:40 PM   #13
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I'll bet it works, I didn't read but do you have the weights and chains? The Kookoo thing is annoying anyway as long as it keeps time.
Yep. Everything is all there. It has the original wooden pendulum and everything. The pictures do not do the carving justice, it is beautiful. We also got Grandmas' Dining room set. Nothing fancy, it may have been bought at Sears. It is close to 100 years old though.
I like old things.

Luckily, my wife does too, or I would be gone.
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Roy looks like my Grandparents clock.


Really, try to lube the works lightly with sewing machine oil 5wt,

I have two old wall clocks.


Approved clock, box clock made in 1844. works fine with chimes

other one I just picked up is an Ansonia regulator from about 1880.


Nothing more soothing in a house, than a ticking clock.






Your bellows will be the biggest issue but $500 sounds out of line.

The guy you want to repair it will not be seeking business he will only work from referrals



check this out: http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?t=29820
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Roy looks like my Grandparents clock.


Really, try to lube the works lightly with sewing machine oil 5wt,

I have two old wall clocks.


Approved clock box clock made in 1844. works fine with chimes

other one I just picked up is an Ansonia regulator from about 1880.


Nothing more soothing in a house, than a ticking clock.






Your bellows will be the biggest issue but $500 sounds out of line.

The guy you want to repair it will not be seeking business he will only work from referrals
I do not look like your grandparents clock!


Thanks, I thought that sounded high, but Waukesha is a small town. I plan on taking it to a clock shop in Milwaukee.
I have to reassemble it and read how to use the dang thing.
I might also mention we each have fancy clocks picked from our companies service anniversary catalogs. My wife's for 25 years was really nice and it chimes. it's a huge wall hanging one with all those other dials on it. Mine was for 10 years, I think, and it also chimes, but it has a cheaper battery powered movement in it. Perhaps we will get this fixed, but I know we can't turn down the volume on it.
I am slightly cuckoo.
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