Grandfather Clock in need of Help

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My husband's family have passed many years ago and this clock had been placed into storage(a barn) for the past 7 years. We brought it home in hopes of finding information and to see if it could be restored. I've taken many pictures of it and all my research keeps leading me here, so I joined in hopes of finding help. Sadly there is a lot of damage that I have found. Colonial Mfg Co Grandfather Clock with 7 tubes & 3 weights. Thank you for reading and for any information. 20210405_155812.jpg 20210405_165745.jpg 20210406_142002.jpg Screenshot_20210406-100225_Video Player.jpg Screenshot_20210406-100203_Video Player.jpg 20210405_155011.jpg 20210405_143417.jpg 20210405_155019.jpg 20210405_155025.jpg 20210405_155132.jpg 20210405_155826.jpg 20210405_155830.jpg 20210406_134229.jpg 20210406_132346.jpg
 

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We would also like to know if it is possible to repair it, where do we find someone to do this? These side pieces are in 3 and 4 pieces with some missing. 20210405_160059.jpg 20210406_142448.jpg
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Colonial used movements from various movement makers. Your movement shows the trademark of Winterhalder AG. The trademark was registered in 1919 and the firm was only in existence until 1929.

IMO, it is one of the best movements Colonial used in their cases.

Others will be along to provide their opinions and provide their lnowledge on Colonial.

Regards.
 
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From a repair person’s point of view, this is a good one and a keeper. Although it has seen some neglect, the clock can once again become a joy to own. That tube chime movement is near the top of the line as far as quality. These clocks stand head and shoulders above modern, mass produced movements and cases. The sound of the chime will be far superior to a clock with chime rods. If the clock were mine, it surely would be brought back to top operating condition. .
If you decide to continue with the clock, I would suggest you choose a well qualified clock repair person. The common, run of the mill repair places likely would not be able to properly bring the movement back. Many clock repair places will accept that style movement/case as a learning experience.
The case is of high quality and could be revived by a cabinet maker or specialty wood worker. Best of luck with your clock. Keep us posted with your progress.
Dick Feldman
 

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I just noticed my post was moved from General to Repair. I was also needing information about the clock. Have no idea what all the numbers are in the photos. The little 4 that's engraved on the back near the stamped 1203 or 1293. Or all the numbers on the back of the mechanism. Have not found 1 picture where the cabinet and face matches. Actually have only found 1 picture where the cabinet was the same and the face was totally different.
Thank you everyone for your responses.
 

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The number ending in 629 on the back of the movement is the serial number of the movement.

The numbers on the back of the case pertain to Colonial (the maker of the case). They may represent the model number of the cabinet, but I'll leave that to the Colonial experts.:)

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The number ending in 629 on the back of the movement is the serial number of the movement.

The numbers on the back of the case pertain to Colonial (the maker of the case). They may represent the model number of the cabinet, but I'll leave that to the Colonial experts.:)

Regards.
Thank you for your help.
 

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It is a genuine treat to see someone with a quality clock and an interest in making it well again.
Many of the things we see here are refugees from S and A Boutique (Salvation Army) or GW Men’s Store (Goodwill).
Many of the people with those clocks have no interest in clocks and are trying to find free help to turn the clocks for a fast profit.
Much of the information and records from European clock companies are not existent because of time, wars, etc.
A Google search will probably yield as much information as is available.
Best of luck,
Dick
 
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PeggySue2767

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It is a genuine treat to see someone with a quality clock and an interest in making it well again.
Many of the things we see here are refugees from S and A Boutique (Salvation Army) or GW Men’s Store (Goodwill).
Many of the people with those clocks have no interest in clocks and are trying to find free help to turn the clocks for a fast profit.
Much of the information and records from European clock companies are not existent because of time, wars, etc.
A Google search will probably yield as much information as is available.
Best of luck,
Dick
Thank you.. We definitely want to bring it back to life. It has been neglected far to long.
 
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I think this project may get pricey, but the clock deserves to be in use again. I don't know how skilled you are in carpentry, but you might be better off having a good clock man remove the movement from the case in order to get started on it, and then get a cabinet maker to make the repairs to the case. The dial shows the clock's age, and I would recommend leaving it as it is. I would guess the movement repair is going go be $500.00 or more, depending on what it needs. Couldn't make a guess on the cabinet. Please keep us posted on how this all goes. It's going to be beautiful when you get it done, and will bring you years of pleasure.
 

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I think this project may get pricey, but the clock deserves to be in use again. I don't know how skilled you are in carpentry, but you might be better off having a good clock man remove the movement from the case in order to get started on it, and then get a cabinet maker to make the repairs to the case. The dial shows the clock's age, and I would recommend leaving it as it is. I would guess the movement repair is going go be $500.00 or more, depending on what it needs. Couldn't make a guess on the cabinet. Please keep us posted on how this all goes. It's going to be beautiful when you get it done, and will bring you years of pleasure.
Thank you. We know it is going to be pricey, but we are ready to see it brought back to life. We can see the strings need replaced and it needs cleaned for sure. Our biggest concern is the cabinet and hood repairs. I will definitely keep everyone posted. Hoping to find someone to help us soon.
 

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