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.

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Ansonia “Versailles” Metal Mantel Clock

May 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ansonia “Versailles” Metal Mantel Clock

Here’s a beautiful metal case mantel clock I repaired. Ansonia Clock Company made it, and the model name is Versailles. It is 15 inches tall, and the enamel dial has a 2 7/8 inch minute track (outside diameter). The minute hand is not original. The 1906 – 1907 Ansonia Clock Company shows this clock. The […]

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Last updated May 6, 2018

Seth Thomas Beehive Mantel Chime Clock with No. 124 Movement

May 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Beehive Mantel Chime Clock with No. 124 Movement

I repaired this Seth Thomas “beehive” mantel clock from the 1930s. It is 11 3/16 inches tall, 7 1/4 inches wide, with a 4.5 inch dial (outside diameter of minute track) and a 2 5/16 inch long minute hand. The dial is silvered engraved brass with applied numerals. See more pictures. The No. 124 movement […]

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Last updated May 6, 2018

Seth Thomas Green and Black Adamantine Mantel Clock

April 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Green and Black Adamantine Mantel Clock

Here’s a beautiful green and black Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock I repaired. The case has two pillars on each side. The case is16 3/4 inches long and 10 5/8 inches tall. The minute hand is 2 1/8 inch long from center to tip, and the dial’s minute track is 4 1/4 inches outside diameter. […]

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Last updated April 7, 2018

Herr Standard 400 Day Clock with Square Dial and Nickel Finish

April 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Herr Standard 400 Day Clock with Square Dial and Nickel Finish

I repaired this unusual Herr 400 day Anniversary clock. It has a square dial, which is less common than the normal round enamel dial. And the nickel-plated finish is even more unusual, I get a nickel-plated 400 day clock for repair only every year or two. See more photos. Repair job 7235. Someone inexperienced had […]

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Last updated April 3, 2018

F. Kroeber China No. 16 Mantel Clock

April 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
F. Kroeber China No. 16 Mantel Clock

I became aware of the F. Kroeber Clock Company at age 14, when my parents gave me a Kroeber walnut kitchen clock for Christmas. Florence Kroeber ran an independent clock company in New York in the second half of the 19th century. See Kroeber History for an outline of his companies. Kroeber clocks have movements […]

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Last updated April 3, 2018

Setting Your Clock Ahead to Daylight Saving Time

March 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Setting Your Clock Ahead to Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time in the USA officially starts Sunday March 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m. You will need to set your clocks forward one hour. I recommend doing this before you go to bed on Saturday night (March 10th) On most clocks, it is okay to turn the minute hand clockwise one hour. When setting […]

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Last updated March 9, 2018

2017 In Review

January 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
2017 In Review

Clockhistory.com: Westclox clocks are my passion; I added some clock details in 2017, and hope to add the other major Big Ben and Baby Ben variations in 2018. I visited the Westclox Museum in October, it was wonderful to see friends Gary and Cheryl Biolchini, and museum volunteers Don and Ruth Spayer, who have created […]

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Last updated January 1, 2018

Seth Thomas Tambour Clock with Quarter Hour Strike, 1939

January 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Tambour Clock with Quarter Hour Strike, 1939

I repaired this Seth Thomas tambour mantel clock. It has the later type of windup movement (that replaced the popular No 89). The case is 8 1/16 inches tall and 18 inches wide. The dial is silvered brass with printed numerals. The movement is model 4605, dated 7-39 (July 1939). It does bim-bam strike on […]

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Last updated January 1, 2018

Seth Thomas Sentinel #9 Tambour Mantel Clock

January 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Sentinel #9 Tambour Mantel Clock

I repaired this Seth Thomas tambour mantel clock called the “Sentinal #9”. It has a mahogany case 9 1/4 inches tall, 10 15/16 inches wide. The hands are the modern style “ST” hands, and the minute hand is 2 11/32 inches long. It was made around the 1920s or 1930s. The dial is aluminum. See […]

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Last updated January 1, 2018

Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock with Ding Dong Strike

January 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock with Ding Dong Strike

Here’s a Seth Thomas green and black Adamantine mantel clock I repaired. It strikes on two bells instead of a gong, and Seth Thomas called it “Ding Dong” strike. The clock has a No. 89T 8-day movement. The case is 11 1/4 inches tall, 18 1/8 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 1/8 inches […]

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Last updated January 1, 2018

Instructions for Quad and Rhythm Battery Chiming Clock Movements

October 15, 2017 | By | 1 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: Note on Some Rhythm Movements Some Rhythm movements start out striking 1 (instead of 6) when the batteries are first put […]

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Last updated June 22, 2018

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