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Setting your clock back from Daylight Saving Time

October 30, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
Setting your clock back from Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time in the USA officially ends Sunday, November 5, 2016 at 2:00 a.m. You will need to set your clocks back one hour. I recommend doing this before you go to bed on Saturday night (November 4th). The U.S. Department of Transportation also reminds Americans to change the batteries in their smoke detectors […]

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Last updated November 6, 2017

Instructions for Quad and Rhythm Battery Chiming Clock Movements

October 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Instructions for Quad and Rhythm Battery Chiming Clock Movements

The “Quad” and “Rhythm” battery operated chime clock movements have a tubular bell sound and can play Westminster or Ave Marie chimes; or Bim-Bam strike. They use two “C” cells, and look like this: Quick Setting Instructions Take the power cells out of the clock; Set the hands forward to 5:45; Insert the power cells, […]

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Last updated October 15, 2017

Gilbert 8-Day Cottage Clock

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Gilbert 8-Day Cottage Clock

Here is a small Gilbert shelf clock, called a “cottage clock”, that I repaired. This clock looks “supercharged” – the movement almost fills the case! Clocks like kitchen clocks and parlor clocks that are larger (around 20 to 24 inches) have the same movement but with a longer pendulum. This clock is only 13 3/16 […]

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Last updated October 12, 2017

Schatz Cuckoo Clock Made in June 1956

October 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Schatz Cuckoo Clock Made in June 1956

I’ve written about Schatz cuckoo clocks before, and because I am about to repair two more, I decided to illustrate one I repaired back in 2015. The back of the movement has the date stamp 6 56 (June 1956), and says “RR” for Remington Rand, the importer. See more pictures. Repair job 6550. I polished […]

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Last updated October 9, 2017

Why 400 Day and 1000 Day Clocks Run So Long

October 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why 400 Day and 1000 Day Clocks Run So Long

Most clocks run one day or eight days on one winding. A 400 day clock has a torsion pendulum to make it run longer. A torsion pendulum hangs from a thin flat wire (called the suspension spring) and rotates in one direction and then the other, instead of swinging back and forth as a standard […]

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Last updated October 12, 2017

Red Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, April 1902

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Red Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, April 1902

Here is a pretty Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock dated April 1902 on the bottom of the case (and “No. 633”). It has two celluloid half-columns on each side of the case. The Adamantine finish was mahogany color when new, but some of it has faded to orange. See more pictures. Repair job 6558. I […]

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Last updated October 6, 2017

Ithaca Perpetual Calendar Clock with Pomeroy Movement

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ithaca Perpetual Calendar Clock with Pomeroy Movement

Here’s a neat old double dial (perpetual) calendar clock made in the early 1870s. The calendar dial shows the day of the month around the outside, the day of the week in the left opening, and the month in the right opening. It shows the correct number of days in each month, even doing 28 […]

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Last updated October 3, 2017

Gilbert Square Dial Tambour Mantel Clock, Made in 1925

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Gilbert Square Dial Tambour Mantel Clock, Made in 1925

Here is a Gilbert tambour mantel clock with a square dial! This sure gives the clock an unusual appearance. The movement production date is 1925. It has a mahogany case 19 9/16 inches long and 9 15/16 inches tall. The silvered metal dial has printed numerals. It has a standard Gilbert 8 day time and […]

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Last updated October 4, 2017

Gilbert “Perfect” Oak Shelf Clock

September 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Gilbert “Perfect” Oak Shelf Clock

Here’s a Gilbert (Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co., Winstead, Conn., U.S.A.) that I repaired. The paper face, hands, door glass, etc. are original. You can recognize original Gilbert Maltese hands because they have a wide area where the hand joins the base. It has a nice label on the back. This clock is 22 15/16 […]

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Last updated October 12, 2017

Plymouth by Seth Thomas Round Top Mantel Clock, 1940

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Plymouth by Seth Thomas Round Top Mantel Clock, 1940

Here is a cute little round-top mantel clock made by Seth Thomas and sold under the Plymouth name. Plymouth was a lower-priced clock line made by Seth Thomas. They have Seth Thomas movements. See a ca. 1940 Plymouth Clocks catalog. This clock is 9 11/16 inches tall and 8 7/8 inches wide. It has a […]

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Last updated September 25, 2017

1942 Photo of Alarm Clocks in Jewelry Store

September 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
1942 Photo of Alarm Clocks in Jewelry Store

Paul Hogroian of Duplication Services at the Library of Congress sent me this 1942 photo that he scanned. It shows Mr. H. Ormand, jeweler in San Leandro, California, and his Westclox, Seth Thomas and Telechron clocks. Some of my favorite vintage clocks are here! Mr. Ormand is holding a Westclox “Tide” windup alarm clock in […]

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Last updated September 2, 2017

The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

September 1, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

Introduction The clock company Westclox started in 1885 as United Clock Company, reorganized as Western Clock Company in 1887; became The Western Clock Mfg. Co. in 1888; and in 1912 became the shorter Western Clock Company. Trademark 108232 of 1916 registers the name Westclox (short for Western Clocks) and states “The trade mark has been […]

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Last updated October 13, 2017

The Westclox “Alternating” and “Bunkie” Repeating Alarm Clocks

August 26, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Westclox “Alternating” and “Bunkie” Repeating Alarm Clocks

An intermittent or repeating alarm clock rings and stops periodically instead of ringing steadily. Several American clock companies introduced them in the 1900s. Westclox introduced the “Alternating” alarm clock in 1904, and applied for a patent in 1906. The U.S. Patent Office issued the patent on June 4, 1907. Quoting from it “My invention relates […]

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Last updated August 26, 2017

Seth Thomas Poise-1 Electric Alarm Clock, Dated 1977

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Poise-1 Electric Alarm Clock, Dated 1977

I repaired this Seth Thomas Poise-1 (model SS7-Q) electric alarm clock because of its sentimental value to the owner. I was particularly interested in this clock because I have the earlier version (Poise E 861-000) that my parents received as a wedding gift in 1954. The case is the same, the older version has the […]

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Last updated August 16, 2017