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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Seth Thomas “Metals No. 1” Oak Kitchen Clock Dated 1899

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Seth Thomas “Metals No. 1” Oak Kitchen Clock Dated 1899

This clock is named “Metals No. 1”, the first in a series of clocks in oak cases with metal trim. The case is  22 3/4 inches tall and 14 15/16 inches wide. The paper face has a 4 7/8 inch minute track, and the minute hand is 2 7/16 inches long. The date code 9981 […]

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Last updated May 29, 2013

Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, Back Escapement Movement, 1893

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Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, Back Escapement Movement, 1893

This Adamantine mantel clock with black slate and tan marble appearance has the date code 3981F (June 1893) on the bottom. The case is 10 3/16 inches tall and 16 1/2 inches wide at the feet. The paper dial has a 4 1/4 inch minute track, and the minute hand is 2 1/8 inches long. […]

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Last updated May 26, 2013

Seth Thomas Legacy – 2W Mantel Clock with No. 124 Movement, Made in 1950

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Seth Thomas Legacy – 2W Mantel Clock with No. 124 Movement, Made in 1950

This Seth Thomas “Legacy – 2W” mantel clock with Westminster chime dates from 1950. The movement is the No. 124, introduced about 1924 and made through 1956. The clock is 14 1/4 inches tall and 10 3/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 7/8 inches long, with a 5 2/4 inch minute track on the […]

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Last updated May 26, 2013

New Haven Oak Kitchen Clock

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New Haven Oak Kitchen Clock

This New Haven “kitchen” or shelf clock, was made around the 1880s or 1890s. It originally had an alarm, which has been removed. The dial has a large center opening for the alarm set disc. The oak case is 22 1/8 inches tall and 14 inches wide. The painted dial has a 5 inch minute […]

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Last updated May 26, 2013

Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

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Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

Here is an early Big Ben alarm clock, made during the second year of preliminary production. The movement has the date code 7 3 9 (July 3, 1909). This is a Style 1 (leg model) Big Ben. The dial has the early form of hands and numerals (note especially the 7). The words “BIG BEN” […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Schatz Cuckoo Clock Dated 10 54 (October 1954)

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Schatz Cuckoo Clock Dated 10 54 (October 1954)

This Schatz cuckoo clock is dated 10 54 (October 1954) on the movement. It is the first one I’ve seen with a movement date. The movement also has RR for Remington Rand, the importer. Schatz designed and made their own cuckoo clock movement. They made only one movement model, an 8-day, with the design of […]

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Last updated May 25, 2013

Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, 4 Full Pillar, Black and Marbleized

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Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, 4 Full Pillar, Black and Marbleized

This style of Adamantine mantel clock case has 4 full pillars and a half-round section on each side of the case. This particular model has black top and base, and marbleized trim. This style is made in other colors, including mahogany. The case is 17 3/4 inches wide at the feet, and is 11 11/16 […]

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Last updated June 4, 2013

Mahogany Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, 6 Celluloid Half Pillars

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Mahogany Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock, 6 Celluloid Half Pillars

I just repaired this beautiful Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock. The mahogany Adamantine finish is in excellent condition, and has not faded much, if at all. The 6 celluloid half-pillars are celluloid with metal bases and capitals. The paper dial has Arabic numerals. The movement is the popular and reliable No. 89C. The clock was made […]

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Last updated May 25, 2013

Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

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Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

Here is an early example of a Westclox clock, made while the company name was “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.” This clock was made around 1890. The movement and its canister were made by “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.”, and the Golden Novelty Mfg. Co. made the cast case front and marketed the clock. The movement […]

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Last updated May 25, 2013

Schatz 1000 Day Clock from 1955

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Schatz 1000 Day Clock from 1955

  I just repaired this Schatz 1000 day clock made in February 1955. This is the round model, and this one is old enough to have a glass dome (the plastic dome model have an extra piece on the base to engage the dome’s locking lugs). I polished most of the brass pieces, and installed […]

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Last updated May 24, 2013

1939 Plymouth (by Seth Thomas) Tambour Mantel Clock with Quarter Hour Strike

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1939 Plymouth (by Seth Thomas) Tambour Mantel Clock with Quarter Hour Strike

This tambour mantel clock has the unusual feature of quarter-hour striking. It does bim-bam striking on the first, second and third quarters, and strikes one rod on the hour (see video below). The mahogany case is 9 1/4 inches tall and 19 inches wide. The dial is silver plated brass with applied bronze numerals. The […]

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Last updated January 1, 2013

A 1950s Cuckoo Clock that Fell Off the Wall

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A 1950s Cuckoo Clock that Fell Off the Wall

This 1950s German cuckoo clock fell off the wall. Fortunately, it wasn’t too badly damaged. All of the wood case parts had clean breaks, and no one had tried gluing it yet. The left photo below shows it as my customer brought it to me. See more photos. Repair job 5838. Case glued together, movement […]

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Last updated December 4, 2012

Kundo Diamond Dial 400 Day Clock

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Kundo Diamond Dial 400 Day Clock

This is such a pretty clock, and I really like this style, so I had to show it here. This was made by Kundo (Kienineger & Obergfell) in Germany in the 1950s, and has the diamond-shaped dial. It is a standard-size 400 day clock. See more photos. Job 5857. Cleaned, one pivot polished, new suspension […]

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Last updated December 4, 2012

Seth Thomas Sharon Echo-S Electric Steeple Clock

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Seth Thomas Sharon Echo-S Electric Steeple Clock

This cute little steeple clock is 11 1/16 inch tall and 6 1/2 inches wide, and was probably made in the 1950s. It strikes the hour and half-hour on a small brass bell. The motor in this clock is a replacement made within the last 10 – 15 years or so. The old motor quit […]

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Last updated December 4, 2012