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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

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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

Ansonia “Tasso” Figure Clock, ca. 1894

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ansonia “Tasso” Figure Clock, ca. 1894

Here is an Ansonia figure clock called the “Tasso” that I repaired. It is a large, heavy clock,  20 1/2 inches tall and 25 3/4 inches wide.  The finish is “Japanese Bronze” according to the Ansonia catalog, it was also available in silver. The enamel dial has Roman numerals and visible escapement. The escapement is […]

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Last updated August 16, 2017

German Quarter Hour Striking Clock, Mahogany Case

August 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
German Quarter Hour Striking Clock, Mahogany Case

Here’s a neat old German wall clock I repaired recently. It is a bit over four feet tall overall. The two-piece enamel dial has Arabic numerals. The movement has the logo R M S, a flower drawing, and the number 27. The case is unusual in having a wooden panel in the door instead of […]

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Last updated August 13, 2017

Waterbury Varden Figure Clock in Metal Case, ca. 1899 – 1900

August 12, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Waterbury Varden Figure Clock in Metal Case, ca. 1899 – 1900

Here is a metal cased Waterbury figure mantel clock called “Varden” that I repaired recently. Tran Duy Ly’s book “Waterbury Clocks” shows this clock, and gives the date 1899 – 1900. This clock is 11 7/8 inches tall and 15 inches wide. The enamel dial’s minute track is 87.8 mm outside diameter (just under 3 […]

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Last updated August 13, 2017

Birge, Peck & Co. 8 Day Clock with Magdalen College Glass, ca. 1849.

July 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Birge, Peck & Co. 8 Day Clock with Magdalen College Glass, ca. 1849.

A man brought this clock to my shop and said “If you don’t buy this clock, I am going to throw it away!” He had owned it for more than 20 years, and was tired of moving it from house to house. I bought it! I love old American weight driven clocks, and this one […]

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Last updated August 11, 2017