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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.
Pennehuisstraat 41 3690 Tilden
Ref fax 01/02/99
Clock #557 Garmisch
Grandfather movement 3 chimes U
Moonphase dial C8
Pendulum C Neuschwanstein
Brass etched weight shells
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also try for a free appraisal:
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.
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.
This clock looks very similar to yours:
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!
I can provide a little information about your clock as well as similar clocks that were made by the same companies.
This is the basic description an appraiser furnished me that he regularly gives out about this particular clock.
"An Anglo-American Drop Dial Wall Clock.
The dial 12ins, the case 2ft overall. The case a reddish-brown color veneer.
The 8-day pendulum movement strikes the hours on a bell.
Typical Victorian combination of an English case fitted with its original American movement, made circa 1880 - 1889 but mostly in 1885."
I was also furnished a little more information but not the name of a company because it appears several 'companies' in the US made these clocks and they were made in 3 styles but were made very plain/basic and these clocks were then sold to 'clock selling companies' in America and to several other countries.
I say basic because the face was plain - no name - and the clocks had 3 (maybe more?) distinct designs around the face of the clock.
The rest of the clock was left 'plain' and numerous different 'ornate' wood pieces could be purchased to go on the sides of the clock and also to change the 'bottom' piece.
Sold in this way, the company could have several different clocks (but originally came for one basic clock).
You can find some of these additional pieces listed on eBay as there were other companies that made clocks in the same manner.
This listing shows a kinda plain clock with almost no changes from basic design (area around face is different and no ornate sides):
This listing shows almost the same clock as yours except the bottom has a fancier piece. It also has names on the face: ?H. Cross - Brigg
This listing shows a clock close to yours but has a name also; William Wray - Brigg
The only thing that I have been able to find out about the names on the face is these were probably designers and may have also added something different to the clocks that have their names printed on the face. The original clock faces were plain the same as yours.
I checked about the price with the owner of an auction company that deals in antique and vintage clocks and he responded that lower value clocks were not bringing in very much money and he was finding them difficult to sell - his estimate was $200-$300 'on a good day'.
If you decide to sell, I would consider listing it on sites like Facebook Marketplace, IOffer, LetGo, and not on eBay or Etsy unless you are already a seller.
You can always start with a higher price - $450 with best offer and local pick up only.
If you do not receive any offers after several months then you can lower the price and wait again.
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.
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!
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 !!!
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?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
It's Trend Clocks by Sligh. Stolen from storage, I need value of it for my insurance claim. Please help as soon as possible.
Zeeland Michigan 49464
How do I get an appraisal on this grandfather clock? Just want to know how much it's worth.
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.
I believe most of these are from about 1910-1930 and some were still being used in later years.
There are several different models and many were used for time keeping such as bells sounded at certain times to let workers know they were either late, or time to go home or lunch breaks.
Yours happens to be the one that uses time cards.
I did find one like yours that sold in 2/2019 for $250 which would normally stand as 'current value' but I believe the clock that sold was in better condition than yours so that would probably lower the value.
I have seen some listed for sale but asking prices are just prices a seller would like to receive for their items and only a sold item will show what someone was willing to pay for that item. Where the item is located will also have a bearing on the value as these are usually much too heavy to ship.
As to insurance value - usually insurance value is actually higher than 'current value' so for that purpose I would say $400 but as to resale value my estimate would be about $200.
This one sold for $400 but this was in 2013 and a nice clock.
Maybe some other members will have more information.
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?