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German Granddaughter Clock, 4 1/2 Feet Tall

August 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
German Granddaughter Clock, 4 1/2 Feet Tall

Here is a Granddaughter clock from Germany. It stands on 4 legs, has 9 beveled glass panels in the door, and an oak case. The round silvered dial has printed numerals and a brass bezel. The 8-day German movement strikes the hour and half-hour. The case is 53 5/8 inches tall. The dial’s minute track […]

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Last updated August 15, 2014

Seth Thomas Electric Chime Clock with Sangamo Motor, Made in 1949

August 14, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Electric Chime Clock with Sangamo Motor, Made in 1949

This Seth Thomas electric Westminster chime clock was badly worn! I think someone cleaned the movement without taking it apart, and the resulting rust acted as an abrasive, wearing away the arbors (shafts). The photo below shows the mainspring barrels when I received the clock: I replaced the following badly worn parts: C1 (chime main […]

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Last updated August 13, 2014

Seth Thomas Giant No. 3 Oak Kitchen Clock in Many Pieces!

August 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Giant No. 3 Oak Kitchen Clock in Many Pieces!

This clock was in pieces when it came into my shop. It had been dropped, crudely repaired, and later dropped again. My father-in-law Barry removed the excess glue and cleaned the case pieces. He assembled it and touched up the finish. I gave it a top coat of Deft satin lacquer. The new door glass […]

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Last updated August 13, 2014

German Wall Clock with Eagle on Top

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
German Wall Clock with Eagle on Top

I recently repaired this German time and strike wall clock with eagle on top. It was made around 1880 – 1920. The case is 50 inches tall and 18 5/8 inches wide at the top. See more photos. Job 6220. The movement was in pretty bad condition. Both ratchet gears needed replacing. Two pivots were […]

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Last updated September 3, 2014

Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock with Mainspring Broken in 22 Pieces!

June 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock with Mainspring Broken in 22 Pieces!

I repaired this Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock made about 1902. The movement was very dirty, and had a broken time mainspring. Instead of being broken in one place, it was in 22 pieces! Improper cleaning can cause multiple mainspring breaks. Someone may have cleaned the movement without taking it apart. This can leave cleaning […]

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Last updated June 26, 2014

Sessions Store Regulator Clock in Oak Case

June 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sessions Store Regulator Clock in Oak Case

Here is a Sessions wall clock in an oak case. Collectors often refer to this style of clock as a “Store Regulator”. This example strikes the hour and half-hour, and has a red calendar hand that indicates the day of the month. See more photos. Setting the Calendar The calendar hand advances automatically each night, […]

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Last updated June 22, 2014

Seth Thomas Rosewood Drop Octagon (Schoolhouse) Clock

June 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Rosewood Drop Octagon (Schoolhouse) Clock

Here’s a beautiful Seth Thomas drop octagon clock in a rosewood veneer case. The clock is 24 inches tall and 16 inches wide. The dial is painted metal. The minute hand is 5 15/32 inches long, and the dial’s minute track is 11 inches diameter. The clock is time-only (no striking). See more pictures. Repair […]

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Last updated June 22, 2014

Sessions Oak Cased Drop Octagon (Schoolhouse) Clock

June 23, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Sessions Oak Cased Drop Octagon (Schoolhouse) Clock

Here’s a Sessions schoolhouse or drop octagon clock in an oak case. It has a time-only movement (no striking) The dial is paper on a metal pan. I like the style of the hands. See more photos. Repair job 6365. A previous repair shop had installed 3 large, ugly screw-in bushings (note to new clock […]

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Last updated June 22, 2014

Bushing Big Ben Alarm Clocks

June 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bushing Big Ben Alarm Clocks

Part of the repair process includes bushing worn pivot holes. There are 2 popular friction bushing system sizes: KWM and Bergeon. I recommend KWM-sized bushings for all clocks including Big Ben alarm clocks. Bergeon bushings are a poor choice in most cases, as they require an overly large hole to reamed. This looks bad and […]

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Last updated November 16, 2014

My Westclox Story

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
My Westclox Story

When I was a boy and stayed overnight at my Grammy and Granddaddy’s house, they put a Baby Ben alarm clock by my bed (not to wake me in the morning, but because I liked clocks). I looked at the dial and saw the name, Westclox. “That doesn’t sound like a real word”, I thought, […]

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Last updated July 17, 2014

Westclox Big Ben Style 1 Made in 1914

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Westclox Big Ben Style 1 Made in 1914

This Big Ben Style 1 alarm clock is dated 10-23-14 (October 23, 1914) on the movement. The Style 1 Big Ben was made from 1909 to 1918 (replaced by the improved Style 1a in 1918). This example has a “Dealer Imprint” dial saying: M. P. Kummerer Jeweler Bath, Pa. Westclox would imprint a dealer’s name […]

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Last updated June 15, 2014

Ansonia Black Cast Iron Mantel Clock

June 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ansonia Black Cast Iron Mantel Clock

Here’s an Ansonia cast iron mantel clock that I recently repaired. The case has a black enamel paint finish, and an off-white enamel dial. The is 8-day movement and strikes the hour and half-hour. Height: 14 3/4 inches, width: 12 inches, dial’s minute track diameter: 4 1/8 inches. The minute hand is a replacement. See […]

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Last updated June 15, 2014

Cute Little Seth Thomas Drop Octagon or Schoolhouse Clock

June 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cute Little Seth Thomas Drop Octagon or Schoolhouse Clock

This Seth Thomas drop octagon clock is only 17 1/4 inches tall and 11 3/8 inches wide. The dial is just under 8 inches diameter (many drop octagon clocks have a dial nearly 12″ in diameter.). The case is a dark mahogany color. See more photos. The movement is a variation of the popular No. […]

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Last updated June 15, 2014

Late Model Seth Thomas Electric Striking Clock – Exeter-E

June 16, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Late Model Seth Thomas Electric Striking Clock – Exeter-E

This electric Seth Thomas mantel clock strikes the hour and half hour on 2 chime rods. The back of the movement has the date code 7110 (October 1971). Seth Thomas quit making their own movements in the mid-1950s, so this movement is from Germany, possibly made by Hermle, who made many movements for Seth Thomas. […]

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Last updated June 15, 2014