I need help with my Emperor Grandfather Clock

by Leona Doran
(Scottsdale AZ)

I inherited my mothers Emperor grandfather clock. Not having the foggiest idea what we were doing, my husband and my sisters husband took the weights and pendulum out of it and laid it on its back on a blanket and transported it via pick-up truck from California to Phoenix.

We put it back together and it does not work. The swing of the pendulum is very short, and stops after a while. We called a repairman who said that Emperer clocks do not last much longer than 30 years as the gear where the timer is set has some kind of notch in it that wears out. He said that it will cost $1,800.00 to repair.

Do these clocks wear out that fast, and does it cost that much to repair them? I don't know if my mother paid $1,800.00 for the clock when it was new. My mother loved this clock and I would like it to work.

Comments for I need help with my Emperor Grandfather Clock

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 09, 2011
Sounds like your repairman is not looking for
by: Anonymous

work. If it was working before you moved it, the fix should be something simple like balancing or having the weights hung incorrectly.

Jul 04, 2011
Clock will not run
by: Harold

Per my manual: Clock will not run or runs a few minutes and stops.
Possible causes:
Broken suspension spring. Suspension arm not attached to suspension spring.
Hands touching each other.
Second hand touching second hand ring.
Pendulum rubbing against chime rods.
Chains are twisted on main wheel.
Weights are not hung properly.

I've had my clock over 35 years and moved it many times and it's never missed a beat.

Feb 23, 2011
by: Anthony

I just bought an Emperor clock and it was moved to my house. On the bottom of the pendulum there should be a nut that you can shorten or lengthen the pendulum to help keep time. There is no way it should cost that much to fix. You also have to put the weights on the exact same spot they came off of. The one that ways the most goes on the chime driven chain. If you need more information e-mail me at ars528@yahoo.com and I will see if I can help you get an answer.

Jan 06, 2010
Getting the emperor clock to tick
by: Jeen

Don't give up too soon. Before you go and have the clock repaired by a specialist, try and find the fault yourself. First make sure the clock is absolutely level, use a spirit level to do this. Grandfather clock run only when they absolutely level. Also look at the movement to see if any parts are obviously damaged or worn.
A lot of parts can be bought at Amazon.

Good luck and patience.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Antique Grandfather Clocks Forum.