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Speaker Mounting in Quartz Chime Clocks

November 25, 2008 | By | Reply More
Speaker Mounting in Quartz Chime Clocks

Some quartz (battery operated) chiming clocks sound much better than others. A major factor of sound quality is the mounting of the speaker that produces the sound. In some clocks, the speaker is mounted inside the case and the sound cannot project outward. These clocks have quiet, tinny sounding chime. The best clocks have the […]

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Last updated November 26, 2009

A Waltham Mantel Clock with Two Sevens on the Dial!

August 2, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
A Waltham Mantel Clock with Two Sevens on the Dial!

Here are photos of a Waltham mantel clock, probably from the 1920’s. The size is Height: 6 1/2 inches Width of base: 12 inches Depth of base: 4 inches The unusual dial has two numeral sevens! In addition to the seven in its correct location, there is a seven where the six should be! The […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

The Westclox Factory in Scotland

June 22, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
The Westclox Factory in Scotland

An article about the Westclox factory in Scotland was just added to the ClockHistory.com web site. This factory produced over 50 million clocks in its lifetime. Many of these clocks are still around today, and can easily be found on Internet auction sites. See the article Share this post:

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Last updated November 27, 2009

The Upper Suspension Block Must Fit the Saddle Correctly

June 21, 2008 | By | Reply More
The Upper Suspension Block Must Fit the Saddle Correctly

A recent repair job on a Kundo oval base 400 day clock reminded me that the upper suspension block must fit properly in the saddle. I cleaned the movement and replaced the suspension spring. It did not need any pivot polishing. After assembly, the clock ran, but the pendulum made a small rotation even when […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide

May 31, 2008 | By | Reply More
Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide

In 1984, my friend Richard Tjarks and I published the “Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide” to go along with the display of Westclox clocks and watches at the NAWCC National Convention in Indianapolis. I have added recent research findings and more material to the guide, and it is available for download in […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

A Tale of Three Movements and a Clock (Ansonia Long Drop Regulator A)

May 28, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
A Tale of Three Movements and a Clock (Ansonia Long Drop Regulator A)

About 1880, a fine Ansonia Regulator A, time only with calendar, was purchased for an office. The clock was enjoyed by many descendants of the original owner. It was well maintained, and always gave good service. In the late 1990’s, the clock was taken to a repair shop, and the repairman said he could not […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Golden Hour Clock Repair Notes

March 31, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Golden Hour Clock Repair Notes

1) Early Golden Hour clocks (made around 1953 and 1954) don’t use nylon pads to support the rotating gear ring. Instead, they have three slightly raised metal areas. When these wear down, the friction increases and can cause the clock to be unreliable. On 3-31-08 I repaired one by applying several pieces of black plastic […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with 89E Movement

March 27, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with 89E Movement

I overhauled the movement of this clock recently. One of the teeth on the escape wheel was too short, so I inserted a new tooth. Both mainsprings are original Seth Thomas mainsprings that measure 0.0165 inch thick. The strike speed is adequate, but I wouldn’t want the mainspring to be much weaker. The pendulum takes […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

New Baby Ben Alarm Clocks Have Lost Their “Soul”

March 14, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
New Baby Ben Alarm Clocks Have Lost Their “Soul”

When the Big Ben alarm clock was introduced in 1908, one of its important features was that the entire back of the case was the bell. This made the alarm ring louder and deeper than other alarm clocks of the time, which had a small bell on the top. When the Baby Ben alarm came […]

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Last updated October 11, 2012

Merritt’s Antiques P-1956 Mainsprings

March 3, 2008 | By | 11 Replies More
Merritt’s Antiques P-1956 Mainsprings

Note May 14, 2010: The newest batch of these spring that I received are too weak for most clocks. When released from their clamps, the springs open out only to about 5 inches (as compared to over 11 inches on the original batch). I cannot recommend these springs any more. I just tried one on […]

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Last updated May 16, 2010

My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

February 23, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

Lately several people told me me that their 400 day anniversary clock was “wound too tight”, and that they tried to fix it by unwinding the spring! Trying to unwind the spring is DANGEROUS (unless you are experienced at clock repair and have the proper let-down key). If you try to unwind the spring, YOU […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

New Haven Bakelite Case Alarm Clock

February 14, 2008 | By | Reply More
New Haven Bakelite Case Alarm Clock

I am selling a small New Haven Bakelite case alarm clock on eBay. For some reason there are no bids yet – aren’t Bakelite items highly collectible? It sold for $28 plus shipping. Share this post:

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Last updated February 22, 2008

I’m a Canon Camera Fan

January 19, 2008 | By | Reply More
I’m a Canon Camera Fan

I’ve been fascinated by cameras and photography since I was a boy. My father was an avid photographer, did wedding photography, had a darkroom for developing and printing pictures, and made our photo Christmas cards himself for the first few years. Some of the cameras I’ve used over the years are: Brownie Hawkeye – my […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Antique Cuckoo clock

January 1, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Antique Cuckoo clock

I recently overhauled this cuckoo clock. The movement was very dirty and someone had damaged the fan fly and enlarged its pivot holes to about 1/8 inch! The slideshow below shows the repair process. I had to plug the enlarged pivot hole, use the depthing tool to establish the correct center distance, and  drill a […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009