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Determining the Value of a Grandfather Clock?

The face of a grandfather clock.
As with many vintage and antique pieces, the value of a grandfather clock depends on a number of factors, including age, rarity, appearance, mechanical soundness, etc. This page offers some good advice on how to find the value of a grandfather clock, as well as, a detailed list of attributes and demand that will need to be considered in determining its value.
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June 18, 2020

We bought grandfather clock in 1999. Sadly my husband past away and I need to downsize, I am looking to sell this beauty, but have no idea of the value.A beautiful grandfather clock next to a door.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

A picture of the label is included in the pics.

Label says
United Furniture
Pennehuisstraat 41 3690 Tilden
Invoice #M16818
Ref fax 01/02/99
Clock #557 Garmisch
Color E40
Grandfather movement 3 chimes U
Moonphase dial C8
Pendulum C Neuschwanstein
Brass etched weight shells
With Socle

A label on the back of a grandfather.
 

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June 18, 20201 found this helpful
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There are many different makes and models for sale online. The prices seem to vary greatly right now. The low end clocks asking price starts around $80 and goes up from there. The mid range clocks are selling or the asking price is around $250-350 and the higher range closes start at $600-5000.

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Most clocks like this and the one you have sell for around $350. Try and sell this locally and not online because shipping this clock to the buyer can get quite expensive and that means the person normally won't want to pay for this cost.

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June 19, 20204 found this helpful
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First off, my condolences on the loss of your husband. I lost mine almost 17 years ago, so I know some of what you're going through.

Your clock is certainly not old enough to be considered an antique, but it is a beauty just the same. There are so many things that factor into a clock's value, that you really should get it appraised by someone who knows grandfather clocks.

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If there are any clock repair/sales stores near you, you could take some detailed photos and all the info on the label to them and see if they can help with a ballpark figure on it's value. They might even do it for free if you explain the circumstances of why you need to know. Good luck.

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June 20, 20201 found this helpful
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You have a lot of information about your clock and it does appear to have been made in Germany but this is a label that apparently shows everything about the clock but does not show a brand name.
There were many clocks made in Germany and sold to stores/companies that used their own names so this more or less seems to make your clock something like a 'generic' clock and probably reduces the value over similar brand name clocks.

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Brand name clocks may have the same or very near the same mechanisms but the name itself will increase the value.

I do not believe your clock is a brand name or it would have been shown on this label/certificate. But, just in case, you should look all over your clock to see if you see any marks or names that might give it more identification.
It seems that "United Family" is a large organization of stores but I'm not sure how all of that works.
Also, 1999 is still considered 'modern' or almost vintage and that just puts it in competition price wise with regular clocks in many furniture stores.

You do not say where you live but most of these clocks that are individually owned are sold a 'local pick up only' which means the area where you live will have a very large baring on the final value of this item as shipping cost would probably make it out of the question.

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You can check this link to eBay's grandfather clocks so you can get an idea of how to list your clock should you decide to post it for sale. You will need several very good pictures (your posted picture is not good for this as it is too far way and also too dark for viewing) and also a good detailed description.

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313...

If you check the internet for sold listings *eBay also) you will find that most sellers list/sell as pick up only. Companies/stores may ship but still expensive and usually only very expensive clocks.

You may be able to find out more about your clock if you post several good close-up pictures and information on several of the grandfather clock forums.

www.grandfather-clock-info.com/grandfather-clock-forum.html

www.discoverclocks.com/clock_forum.html

www.treasurenet.com/.../94285-grandfather-clock.html

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You can also try for a free appraisal:

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../antiques.html

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November 17, 2020

I've searched the Internet but never seen one like mine. It was originally my great grandmother's, passed down through the generations so I would guess it's around late 1800s to early 1900s.A wall mounted clock with chimes.

 

It's in full working order with chimes and I have the original key.

It has had a new face put on by a professional clock smith and serviced.

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November 17, 20200 found this helpful
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This clock looks very similar to yours:

www.ebay.co.uk/.../264837398055?nma=true&si=CelSDPGGVT9LV3apJLgQdm7O48g...

It sold for £210.00 in August with 27 bids.

The face has a name on it, which yours does not, but you did state your had work. That may devalue the clock.

Please let me know if this is an exact match. They just call it an American Wall Clock.

I can't read the name on the dial--something Cross--the hand is blocking the rest.

Post back with an update!! What a treasure!

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October 27, 2020

This clock was purchased new in June 1986. Seth Thomas #4490. It's beautiful and is as accurate as my digital watch. I'm just curious what I could sell it for.A wooden grandfather clock.

 


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One of the collectible forums I belong to just had a discussion this week about Grandfather and Grandmother clocks and it was sad.

The recommendation for them, especially good brands like Seth Thomas is to start high and take whatever someone will offer.

In some markets they can sell for $2500. In other markets the exact same clock will fetch $100. In a third market it may fetch $900.

Yes, sad and huge difference!

Best to sell it at a local venue like a consignment store. Most antique shops will not take these because they are not technically antiques.

If you have a place that specializes in clocks, they will get the most eyes on it and you will have the best chance of finding the right person for this lovely and stately piece!

Thanks for sharing! I hope you are in a low supply, high demand area and catch fetch the big bucks!!

Post back how it goes for you!

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October 27, 20200 found this helpful
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Prices for grandfather clocks are all over the place, depending on your location. A 1986 #4480 even in perfect condition could go for anywhere from a couple hundred up to maybe $2,000. It all depends on the market in your area. To find it's value in your area, take several really good photos of the clock from multiple angles and with the front door open and closed. Also, take a photo of any label, stamp or plate that has the info about the clock. Then take the pictures to a clock shop, if there is one, OR look one up from nearby and call them. Ask if they have an email or text # you can use to send them the photos, and see if they can give you an appraisal. Good luck !!!

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October 15, 2020

I'm trying to find out a model number and possible manufacture date of my Emperor Grandfather clock. Inside, there is what appears to be a serial number of UW03078B. Is there a database to search for more info on this clock?

A tall wooden grandfather clock.
 

My close friend and neighbor of many years gave this to my family as a gift when they moved out of the country and I want to learn more about the care and maintenance involved to restore it.

marking on back of grandfather clock.
 

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October 15, 20201 found this helpful
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I searched the web and I think your clock is a model 300M, from the early to mid 1970's. If you don't have the owner's manual for your clock, go to:
www.freemansgarage.com/.../Operation%20Manual%201975.pdf
It is a link to a manual that shows the movement parts and also has maintenance/trouble shooting info. Freemans Garage looks like a GREAT site full of information !!! Good luck.

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October 20, 20200 found this helpful
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Apparently Emperor Clock Company made several clocks that look almost identical (they may have only changed something inside the clock) but gave them different model numbers. I do not think your plate has a serial number but may contain the model number.
If that is true then your model number would be #307 and this seems to be how the sellers are listing their clocks (most sellers do not show a model number because apparently model numbers were only found on the original paperwork and very few people will have this paper/certificate.

I think you will find your clock and all the other 'similar' clocks will all be considered to be in the 300 series.
Emperor Clock Company is still in business and would probably answer your questions; they may also have information available on DIY maintenance and parts.
emperorclock.com/.../about-us
emperorclock.com/.../contact-us

Example:
This is one of the very few sellers that posted a picture of their clock label and they are using the #300 from that label as the model number.
www.ebay.com/.../264793908038?hash=item3da6f26346...

I see that you did not ask for value and it is great that you plan to keep your gift - it looks like you have a nice little niche and your gift can maybe be admired by everyone.

There are several grandfather clock forums online so if you have any problems I would suggest you join one or more so you can ask for help in the future. Members seem to love these clocks and all appear to want to help anyone having problems.
A seller on eBay has a DVD available on grandfather clock maintenance/repairs but it is on the expensive side so I would ask about it before paying out that much cash. I'm sure a member of one of these groups will be able to help with this.
www.ebay.com/.../130605171057?hash=item1e68acc171...

www.grandfather-clock-info.com/grandfather-clock-forum.html
mb.nawcc.org/.../
www.watchrepairtalk.com/.../
ihc185.infopop.cc/.../6346047761

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December 21, 2020

I have the opportunity to purchase a Sligh Wyndham grandfather clock. It was made in 1988, Model #0812-1-AB. It's working and has no blemishes, excellent condition.

I would like to know original sale price and a current fair market price. Can anyone help with this information?

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November 3, 2021

How do I get an appraisal on this grandfather clock? Just want to know how much it's worth.

A wooden grandfather clock.
 
The manufacturer's information on the back of a grandfather clock.
 

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November 24, 2020

My grandfather had a plastics factory MANY years ago and used this Cincinnati Time Recorder Co. "Grand Father" clock for time cards. After that, it hung in the house I grew up in for over 40 years. Now, it hangs in my house.

I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this clock. How much is it worth. Is it the kind of thing that should get appraised and put on homeowner's insurance? Thanks in advance for any input you can give.

A grandfather clock style time punch clock.
 
The face of an old clock.
 
An old time punch mechanism.
 
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April 14, 2021

Handmade/kit 1977 Westwood grandfather clock made by my godfather. Just not our style any longer and need space.

What do you think it's worth?

A grandfather clock in a living room.
 
Westwood Grandfather Clock?
 
Westwood Grandfather Clock?
 
Westwood Grandfather Clock?
 
The face of a grandfather's clock.
 
The side of a grandfather clock.
 
The face of a grandfather's clock.
 
Westwood Grandfather Clock?
 
The inside workings of a grandfather clock.
 
The inside workings of a grandfather clock.
 
The inside workings of a grandfather clock.
 
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October 28, 2020

This was my husband's parents' grandfather clock. It is a GMK Fancher - Melrose #301. It has mahogany veneers and solids with inlay and brass accents. It has 3 selections for chimes and also a silent mode.

It seems to run great. I am just looking to see what it is worth. I'm not looking to sell, keeping it as a heirloom to pass down.

A grandfather clock in a corner.
 
A number posted inside a grandfather clock.
 
The inner working of a grandfather clock.
 
The inner working of a grandfather clock.
 
The pendulum of a grandfather clock.
 
The face of a grandfather clock.
 
A grandfather clock in a corner.
 

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I am not finding any prices I can actually quote you on this because the few that I have found that were sold will not disclose the price they sold for. Many of these clocks are sold at auctions. I did however find one clock that was listed back in 2012 and sold but they refuse to disclose the price it sold for. However, they are willing to give you information about the estimated value of the clock. They are saying back in 2012 this clock value was $800-1200.

On another site, I see where they are saying that the clock could be worth $1000-3000. This was another auction site and the starting bid for this clock started at $1000 but then again they are not telling you if the clock actually sold or what it sold for.

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This article says your clock is from 1978 and after, making it a vintage piece.

www.fancherchair.com/.../GMK-FANCHERCLOCKCOMPANY-1975to1985...

What a lovely heirloom to have and pass down!! Perhaps in the future it will increase in value.

One of the collectible forums I belong to just had a discussion this week about Grandfather and Grandmother clocks and it was sad.

The recommendation for them, especially good brands like Seth Thomas (and the GMK Fancher clocks like yours) is, if you are selling, to start high and take whatever someone will offer.

In some markets they can sell for $2500. In other markets the exact same clock will fetch $100. In a third market it may fetch $900.

If you are asking for insurance purposes, talk to your insurance agent and always follow their guidance for full replacement value (which is typically higher than "retail" value--meaning what you could sell it for if you sold it today).

I would doubt you would need a separate rider for it, but you can ask and see. Remember--if the value is $2500 (tops now and appreciation is low) figure out how many years you would be paying on it to get that value--if you pay 250 extra a year in 10 years you would have paid in the 2500 (if a rider was extra and you would get the same in a general replacement situation)--sometimes it is better just to put away your own money to save to replace on your own if needed vs. a rider).

Thanks for sharing!!

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