Japy Freres clock

Kevin W.

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Would like to get some idea as to the value of this clock. It needs a clean and oil and has a broken pallet jewel. What kind of value in current state, and what value after repairs completed. Thanks. Its a heavy clock around 40 pounds, has a Japy Freres movement. Strikes on a gong, with a brocot escapement.

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Ticktocktime100

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Hi Kevin,

It’s a handsome example Kevin - the exposed escapement and its size is a bonus, but the market is particularly unkind to these clocks at the moment. I would suggest $200-300 CAN in its present state, and $500-600 CAN fully restored. Even that estimate might be on the ambitious side these days.

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The good news is that it is a fine clock. Looks like a marble case and the movement is of high quality. The bad news is that unless you can do all of the necessary work ( overhaul and replace the pallet pin ) you will probably not see a profit. If it is your family treasure and you need to have the work done, put your head down and go for it. There are many professionals that can do the work (choose wisely) for an honest price and the clock will run for many years more. But, in my opinion, the ship has sailed on this style. I wish I could sell mine by the pound. Unless you are 25 years old and can wait 30 years for the next ship to come in. My opinion only.
 
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Kevin W.

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Thanks, thats what i wish to hear, as i feel the same too. Its a heavy clock. Yes i can do the work, and was hoping to sell it and make some money.
I love the case, and i have a few other clocks with the brocot escapement. Fun to watch.
 

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Yes i can do the work, and was hoping to sell it and make some money.
Be aware that unless it has a tempting price tag, a marble clock such as this one, despite its quality, is sadly about the worst possible type of clock to buy with a view to making a profit in the current state of the market.

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Kevin W.

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All i can do is try the water after repairs. If i cant get what it i need, it can sit in my shop for a few years with no problem.
 

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