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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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 | 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: Quick Setting Instructions Take the power cells out of the clock; Set the hands forward to 5:45; Insert the power cells, […]

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Last updated October 15, 2017

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

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

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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