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.
This 400 day clock looks like a regular Schatz standard. However, it has an unusual, narrow movement. A brief history: Through the early 1950s, standard size 400 day clocks had movements of about the same width. Then, someone discovered that if the movement was narrower, the import duty was less, as the movement was small enough […]December 22, 2013
This one-weight Vienna regulator has an oak case. The dial says “Bau, Wein”. “Wein” means “Vienna”. (The maker’s name may be “W. Bauer” as in another clock , because part of the lettering has been washed off.) See more photos. The word “Posteigentum” is stamped into the bottom of the door. Online translators say that Posteigentum […]July 8, 2013
This DeBruce 400 day clock is almost identical to the previous one I repaired (see DeBruce 400 Day Clock by Kundo, 1950s). The dial says DeBruce, and the back plate says DeBruce Watch Co. Kundo made the clock. See more photos. Repair job 6129. Cleaned, new mainspring (Horolovar 19 x 38) and new suspension spring (Horolovar […]July 6, 2013
My customer brought in this Ingraham oak-cased long drop wall clock. He said after a friend cleaned it, the strike sequence was backwards (striking 12, then 11, 10, 9, etc). The fix was simple – disassemble the movement and turn over the count wheel, shown below at the left: (This clock has “Count Wheel” […]July 5, 2013
Here is a late-model oak kitchen clock, made December 1934 (12 34 date code on the movement). The oak kitchen clock became popular around 1900 (the walnut-cased models were popular earlier, beginning about the 1880s). Many of the walnut cased clocks have carving, but the designs were pressed into the oak cases. This clock is […]July 3, 2013
This walnut-cased wall clock is named “Register”. The label on back says “Jerome & Co.” Jerome & Co. is a name used by the New Haven Clock Co., of New Haven Connecticut. This clock was originally a “Double Dial” calendar clock with day of the week hand on the upper dial and month and date […]July 2, 2013
I just repaired this beautiful mantel clock. It is an Ansonia named “La Vinda” in a Royal Bonn china case. The escapement visible in the center of the dial is fascinating to watch. The 8-day movement strikes the hour and half-hour on a coil gong. See more photos. The case is 11 15/16 inches tall […]December 22, 2013
The Seth Thomas Regulator No. 2 was one of the company’s longest running models, made from the early to mid 1860s until 1950. This appears to be a later example. The oak-cased model is common, and a few are mahogany like this one. There is no date code on the clock. See more photos. The […]June 24, 2013
This Ingraham tambour mantel clock is dated 1940 on the movement. I haven’t seen one this new before. The movement has been simplified from the earlier ones. The escapement is located on the back of the movement, and there is no regulator through the dial, the pendulum must be removed and its nut turned to […]July 9, 2013
This is a Seth Thomas “Sentinel No. 19” tambour mantel clock . The case is 20 1/8 inches wide and 8 5/8 inches tall. The painted dial has a 5 inch minute track and the minute hand is 2 7/16 inches long.. The back of the movement has the numbers “37-4” which I believe is the date […]June 9, 2013