Colonial Grandfather Clock

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I have just purchased this beautiful Grandfather Clock. Not sure as what I have actually. A receipt shows delivery date as 6/9/81. Serial number is 7921238. From reading here it should be a 1979 model. Colonial model 4122. I have found only one example of this on the internet and in that post it is called a Colonial of Zealand. That post said it was appraised at $14,500 in 2016? It is keeping perfect time, all the bells and whistles are working. The case and wood are in very nice shape. Not scratched or banged. Can anyone tell me what I have just purchased . Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

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photos of the movement and associated parts would help inform the discussion... but it probably is a colonial, most collectors are not interested in gf clocks from the seventies, and the appraisal is optimistic by at least a factor of 10. movements from that period typically have a life span of about 25-ish years, whereas there’s something amazing about the quality of movements 100+ years and older.
 

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The case style is called Majestic; it is much nicer case style than typical late 1970's clocks.

It is difficult to provide value as Colonial Mfg. Co. produced so many clocks and interest modern grandfather clocks is waning as Bruce indicated

Clock was produced late 1979 / early 1980; Colonial created a block of serial numbers for each year. If the block was not used it was carried over until next year

Attached is an illustration from 1980 Colonial Mfg. Co. catalog.

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Hi everyone I'm sorry I don't have an answer to your questions but I have a lot of the same questions. I just inherited from my recently deceased Grandmother, her Colonial Molyneux Grandfather Clock. It looks very similar to your photos but without the beautiful trim on top. But the face with moon phases and from what I can tell the pattern on the clock face also is the same. From recollection I believe she acquired it with my grandfather in the early 80's. I researched moving a Grandfather clock prior to doing so and wow what a hassle but its worth it. Everything is working. I learned how to adjust the clock as well the seconds via the nut on bottom of the pendulum. My only question is if anyone has a copy of the manual for the colonial Molyneux. Thanks!
 

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I am unaware of any existing Colonial Mfg. Co. clock or repair manuals for any of its clocks including the Molyneux line clocks.

Stenciled on the outside back of the backboard is 4 digit case code that I might be able to decipher.

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Yes I have seen the stenciled numbers and will follow up with them as soon as I get home thank you Andy
 

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