Author Archive: Bill Stoddard
My name is Bill Stoddard, and I like to repair clocks, document the history of Westclox and their clocks and watches, design web sites, and program in PHP. Professionally, I operate Bill's Clockworks, where I repair American antique clocks and 400 day anniversary clocks; and sell new wall, mantle, chime, cuckoo and other types of clocks, and a few antique clocks.
My other joys include being with my family, bicycle riding, singing in church choir, and vintage hi-fi and LP records.
Here is a Birge, Peck & Co. 8 day OG shelf clock I repaired recently. Birge, Peck & Co. was in business from 1849 – 1859. The backboard label says at the bottom: “Press of Elihu Geer, 1 State Street, Hartford”. Elihu Geer was at 1 State Street from 1847 – 1849. Thus, we can […]June 17, 2016
Here is Seth Thomas “Style 1 30 Hour Half Column Shelf Clock” that I repaired. There were three styles of this clock, and they are illustrated on my ClockHistory.com website. The style 1 was made from ca. 1850 to ca. 1860. I give more history of these clocks on the following web page: https://clockhistory.com/sethThomas/products/30HourBrassWeight/index.html See […]April 19, 2016
Here’s a nice old Gilbert shelf clock I repaired, made by the Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co., Winsted, Conn. It was made around 1890, and has an 8-day time and strike movement. The clock is 21 inches tall and 12 inches wide. The paper face is a replacement. See more photos. It has the original […]April 19, 2016
Here’s a beautiful Seth Thomas electric mantel clock I repaired about a year ago. It is a Legacy – 2E with Westminster chime. It has a mahogany case that is 14 1/2 inches tall and 10 3/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 7/8 inches long and the dial’s minute track is 5 3/4 […]January 9, 2016
Here’s another miniature Gilbert mantel clock (see “A Gilbert Miniature Round Top Mantel Clock” for the first one). This clock has a green beehive case with floral decorations. The case is 8 1/2 inches tall, 6 9/16 inches wide, and the minute hand is 1 15/16 inches long, with an engraved brass dial. See more […]January 2, 2016
Here is a clock with a movement I had never seen – it is a miniature Gilbert round top mantel clock in a red case with Asian motif. It has a cute little time and strike movement with rack and snail strike, and the mainsprings in barrels. The case is only 8 1/2 inches tall […]January 1, 2016
Here is a nice, original example of a Seth Thomas “Round Band” shelf clock. Seth Thomas made this model for many years, and the 1863 catalog shows it. The date code 4881 C (March 1884) is on the back of the case. The mahogany veneer case is 16 5/16 inches tall and 10 9/16 inches […]December 31, 2015
Here’s a Westclox “Dunbar” electric wall clock I repaired. The dial is paper on a metal plate, covered by a glass lens, and the case is white plastic with a metal back. This clock uses the Westclox designed M2 self-starting synchronous motor. The red dot on the dial is the power outage indicator. The indicator […]December 16, 2015
Here’s a great old one-day OG clock that I repaired. The label says: Henry C. Smith’s Plymouth, Conn. Here are a couple of clues to its age: 1865 or older because the town is Plymouth, not Thomaston, Connecticut. The dial is the earlier style with minute dots instead of lines, ca. late 1840s or the […]December 15, 2015
I repaired this Seth Thomas electric striking mantel clock in a modern-style mahogany case. The movement had a lot of wear, and a pivot of one gear was completely worn off! This clock uses the Sangamo synchronous motor. The date code on the movement is 46-12 (December 1946). See more photos. Repair job 6580. I […]December 15, 2015