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    Smile Ridgeway Grandfather Clock

    The tag on my "new" Ridgeway Grandfather clock reads as follows:

    model-w1 201
    movement-EW
    Finish-Cher
    Serial #1236

    Can someone tell me more about this clock? When was it made? What was the retail price? What does EW stand for?

    I noticed this clock sitting at the Salvation Army thrift store with a $495 price tag on it. I decided to ask the manager if she would take an offer and offered her 200.00 for it. She took it so I have my first "real" grandfather clock.

    The clock is complete except for the door key and it may have had a winding crank but not for sure about that. I have'nt put the weights in because the pendulum guide seems to be bent. The pendulum isn't as ornate as I would have thought so I am wondering if it is a replacement. I am thinking that I should have it cleaned and serviced since I don't know it's history.

    I will post pictures as soon as my camera charges up

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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    Here are some pictures.
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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    Good price, Tim. There may be some clues on the back of the movement, if it's a Hermle, to help date it. Having it serviced is a good idea, since you don't have it's service history.
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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: harold bain)

    Hi, Tim.
    Got your message.
    Nice clock.

    Sorry, I don't seem to find your clock listed in any of my 3 Ridgeway catalogs, so it probably came out in between the years that my catalogs represent (1967, 1977 & 1997).

    I'm a little mystified by the model number...I'm not sure if you intended the space between w1 and 201 or not; in other words, I can't tell if it's model 201 or model 1201. But neither number is listed in my catalogs.

    All of the Ridgeway models I've encountered either had 3-digit numbers or 4-digit numbers, and the 4-digit numbers seem to have just started in the 1990s and seem to usually (but not always) begin with the first two digits signifying the year (for example, model 9127, 9602, etc).

    There are other clocks in the 1977 catalog which refer to the EW movement, but there is no explanation of what the letters stand for.

    The majority of the clocks in the 1977 catalog have model numbers that range between 112 up to 198, with just a few toward the end with model numbers 220, 230, 233, 304, 308, 314, and 337. So, it would seem that the "100-range" of numbers were the predominant model numbers in the 1970s, with a few "prototypes" or early entries in the "200-range" and "300-range." If your model number is 201 (rather than 1201), I would venture to say that your clock came out shortly after 1977, perhaps some time in the 1980s. But this is just a guess.

    If I run across any additional info I'll let you know. Sorry I wasn't of more help.

    Good luck!
    John C.
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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: Spaceman Spiff)

    Thanks for looking for me. I appreciate you taking the time. The model as typed on the label is exactly as follows:

    Model-W1 201

    So i am guessing that it is model 201

    I got a nice email from my local clock repair man about having my clock serviced and cleaned so maybe he can fill in some of this mystery.

    Hope you have a great weekend and thanks again!

    Tim Baker
    Odessa, Texas

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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    Beautiful clock, I am on my second tall case clock, my first was a Seth Thomas, that my exe's in laws have. This is my new one from 1925. I love to hear the clock chime, it has such a rich and mellow sound, makes home feel like home.
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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: rlwindle)

    Wow. Yours is a beauty. I bet it sounds awesome.

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    Smile Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    Today I opened the back panel for a closer look at my clock and found out that it has a urgos movement in it. I am attaching picture of numbers on the movement.

    I will also be posting a picture of my torn suspension spring and the brass doohickey (proper term?) that attaches to the pendulum which appears to be bent.
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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    Be careful with that. It was not the best type of movement Urgos made.

    And the "brass doohickey" is the pendulum leader.
    Justin A. Olson

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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    MY suspension spring arrived today from Timesavers for my movement but unfortunately it was too thick to fit. : ( So I am back to step one. I feel certain there has to be a parts chart with part numbers for what I need but then again...i have been wrong many times. LOL

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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    Tim, two ways to make your suspension spring fit. Open up the slit in the suspension post, or file down the suspension spring until it fits. A Dremel tool with a cutoff wheel would quicky open the slit the small amount needed to fit the suspension, or take enough off the suspension spring to fit it. I would probably thin the spring.
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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: harold bain)

    I hadn't even thought of that. Thanks for the info! I learn so much from this site!

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    Default Re: Ridgeway Grandfather Clock (RE: TexasTim)

    I've been using a razor blade to open 'em up enough to slide the suspension springs in & then squeezing them back tight after it's in place. I don't know how "beefy" the brass on your clock is.... so perhaps that won't work.

    For what little I know, I would be with Harold on thinning the spring. Perhaps if the replacement is that much thicker so that it won't go in without a dremel, it may be that the original spring was much lighter.
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