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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1942 Photo of Alarm Clocks in Jewelry Store

September 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
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

The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

September 1, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

Introduction The clock company Westclox started in 1885 as United Clock Company, reorganized as Western Clock Company in 1887; became The Western Clock Mfg. Co. in 1888; and in 1912 became the shorter Western Clock Company. Trademark 108232 of 1916 registers the name Westclox (short for Western Clocks) and states “The trade mark has been […]

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Last updated September 1, 2017

The Westclox “Alternating” and “Bunkie” Repeating Alarm Clocks

August 26, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Westclox “Alternating” and “Bunkie” Repeating Alarm Clocks

An intermittent or repeating alarm clock rings and stops periodically instead of ringing steadily. Several American clock companies introduced them in the 1900s. Westclox introduced the “Alternating” alarm clock in 1904, and applied for a patent in 1906. The U.S. Patent Office issued the patent on June 4, 1907. Quoting from it “My invention relates […]

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Last updated August 26, 2017

Seth Thomas Poise-1 Electric Alarm Clock, Dated 1977

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Seth Thomas Poise-1 Electric Alarm Clock, Dated 1977

I repaired this Seth Thomas Poise-1 (model SS7-Q) electric alarm clock because of its sentimental value to the owner. I was particularly interested in this clock because I have the earlier version (Poise E 861-000) that my parents received as a wedding gift in 1954. The case is the same, the older version has the […]

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Last updated August 16, 2017

Ansonia “Tasso” Figure Clock, ca. 1894

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ansonia “Tasso” Figure Clock, ca. 1894

Here is an Ansonia figure clock called the “Tasso” that I repaired. It is a large, heavy clock,  20 1/2 inches tall and 25 3/4 inches wide.  The finish is “Japanese Bronze” according to the Ansonia catalog, it was also available in silver. The enamel dial has Roman numerals and visible escapement. The escapement is […]

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Last updated August 16, 2017

German Quarter Hour Striking Clock, Mahogany Case

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German Quarter Hour Striking Clock, Mahogany Case

Here’s a neat old German wall clock I repaired recently. It is a bit over four feet tall overall. The two-piece enamel dial has Arabic numerals. The movement has the logo R M S, a flower drawing, and the number 27. The case is unusual in having a wooden panel in the door instead of […]

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Last updated August 13, 2017

Waterbury Varden Figure Clock in Metal Case, ca. 1899 – 1900

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Waterbury Varden Figure Clock in Metal Case, ca. 1899 – 1900

Here is a metal cased Waterbury figure mantel clock called “Varden” that I repaired recently. Tran Duy Ly’s book “Waterbury Clocks” shows this clock, and gives the date 1899 – 1900. This clock is 11 7/8 inches tall and 15 inches wide. The enamel dial’s minute track is 87.8 mm outside diameter (just under 3 […]

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Last updated August 13, 2017

Birge, Peck & Co. 8 Day Clock with Magdalen College Glass, ca. 1849.

July 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Birge, Peck & Co. 8 Day Clock with Magdalen College Glass, ca. 1849.

A man brought this clock to my shop and said “If you don’t buy this clock, I am going to throw it away!” He had owned it for more than 20 years, and was tired of moving it from house to house. I bought it! I love old American weight driven clocks, and this one […]

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Last updated August 11, 2017

Waterbury “Sussex” One-Day Shelf Clock, Inlaid Walnut Case

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Waterbury “Sussex” One-Day Shelf Clock, Inlaid Walnut Case

Here is a Waterbury “Sussex” one day walnut shelf clock with nice original painted dial. The inlaid case  is 17 5/8 inches tall without the top trim piece. The minute track of the dial is 4 7/8 inches diameter. The hour hand is original, except for the tip. The minute hand is a replacement. The […]

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Last updated August 16, 2017

Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, Green and Orange Flecked Top and Trim

July 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, Green and Orange Flecked Top and Trim

Here’s a beautiful Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock I repaired. The top and trim are orange and green flecked over black. The clock is 18 inches wide, 11 1/4 inches tall, and the minute hand is 2 1/8 inches long. See more photos. Repair job 6786. Movement 89 C. I polished the pivots, installed 3 […]

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Last updated July 7, 2017

Two-Weight Vienna Regulator

July 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two-Weight Vienna Regulator

Here’s a 2 weight Vienna regulator I repaired. I think that it is German, but there is no maker’s name on the movement. See more photos. I polished or burnished the pivots, straightened 2 bent pivots, installed 6 bushings, and installed new gut line. The movement has serial number 91008. Repair job 6841-1. Save Share […]

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Last updated July 7, 2017

Birge, Peck & Co. 8 Day OG Shelf Clock

June 15, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Birge, Peck & Co. 8 Day OG Shelf Clock

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 […]

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Last updated June 17, 2016

Seth Thomas Style 1 30 Hour Half Column Shelf Clock

April 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Style 1 30 Hour Half Column Shelf Clock

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 […]

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Last updated April 19, 2016

Gilbert “Elia” Walnut shelf Clock ca. 1890

April 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gilbert “Elia” Walnut shelf Clock ca. 1890

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 […]

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Last updated April 19, 2016