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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Kundo Diamond Dial 400 Day Clock

December 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
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

December 4, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
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

Terry Clock Company Walnut Shelf Clock

December 1, 2012 | By | Reply More
Terry Clock Company Walnut Shelf Clock

This one-day walnut shelf clock was made by Terry Clock Co., Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Terry Clock Co. was in Pittsfield from 1883 – 1888. The company was located in Waterbury, Connecticut from 1867 – 1880. In 1888 they became known as Russell & Jones Clock Co. This clock is 20 3/16 inches tall and 12 13/16 […]

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Last updated December 4, 2012

New Batch of Timesavers 15959 Clock Mainsprings

November 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
New Batch of Timesavers 15959 Clock Mainsprings

I wrote before about the Timesavers 15959 clock mainspring, specified as 3/4 by 0.0165 by 120 inches. My latest batch of these springs are different: they have a copper rivet and the loop is formed from the spring itself (i.e., not a separate piece). Also, the spring is thinner, the one I used is 0.0153 […]

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Last updated December 1, 2012

Schatz Midget 400 Day Clock Made in 1968

November 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Schatz Midget 400 Day Clock Made in 1968

This Schatz “Midget” 400 day clock was made in September, 1968 (date code 9 68 on the back of the movement). The midget is identified by “JUM/7” in the circle on the back. The pendulum on these clocks goes faster than on the miniature models – it makes 12 half-oscillations per minute. See more photos. Repair […]

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Last updated October 4, 2013

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Unusual Pillars and Roman Numerals

November 19, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Unusual Pillars and Roman Numerals

This Schatz standard 400 day clock has an unusual design on the pillars (see photos). Instead of the common leaves pattern, there are a series of connected arcs and dots. The movement date is 6 52 (June 1952) and the dial is the attractive and less-common style with Roman numerals. See more photos. Repair job 5926. […]

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Last updated November 18, 2012

Strong Mainsprings Will Wear Out Your Antique American Clock!

October 15, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Strong Mainsprings Will Wear Out Your Antique American Clock!

Many antique American clocks have mainsprings that are stronger than necessary. The most popular replacement mainsprings are even stronger than the originals. These strong replacement springs cause wear to the main wheel teeth and pivot holes. Thinner mainsprings are available, and should be used to replace old replacement springs that are too strong. Here is […]

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Last updated October 15, 2012

Removing Improper Bushings from a Seth Thomas 89D Clock Movement

October 3, 2012 | By | 6 Replies More
Removing Improper Bushings from a Seth Thomas 89D Clock Movement

In clocks, the pivots (the ends of the gear shafts) rotate in holes in the brass front plate and back plate of the movement. After years of use, these “pivot holes” wear to an oblong shape. To bring the clock back to good condition, the movement should be disassembled and cleaned. Then, the pivots are […]

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Last updated October 13, 2012

Seth Thomas Staunton Tambour Mantel Clock, 1941

September 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Staunton Tambour Mantel Clock, 1941

The Seth Thomas August 1941 Clock Catalog shows the Staunton mantel clock on page 11. It is available in electric (Staunton-1E) and windup (Staunton-1W). The example illustrated here is the windup version, with a movement date of 41-7 (July 1941). See more photos. Here is the catalog description: STAUNTON-1E  (Ilus. Left) With self-starting electric movement Strikes hours […]

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Last updated September 11, 2012

The Ansonia 5-Pillar Shelf Clock Movement, ca. 1885

September 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Ansonia 5-Pillar Shelf Clock Movement, ca. 1885

This is the Ansonia 5-pillar shelf clock movement. It strikes the hours, and is nominally an 8-day movement, although it will usually run close to 2 weeks on one winding. The plates of the movement are 5 3/4 inches tall and 3 5/16 inches wide. 5 steel pillars secure the front plate to the back […]

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Last updated October 11, 2012

E. N. Welch Oak Kitchen Clock

August 7, 2012 | By | Reply More
E. N. Welch Oak Kitchen Clock

I recently repaired this clock, and replaced the mainsprings with longer, thinner ones to make the clock keep better time and reduce mainwheel tooth wear. The dial and hands are original, unfortunately, part of the top of the case is broken off. The clock was made around 1880 – 1890. The E. N. Welch Mfg. […]

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Last updated July 29, 2012

Seth Thomas Mantel Clock Movement dated June 1942

August 5, 2012 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Mantel Clock Movement dated June 1942

Here is an example of a 1940s Seth Thomas mantel clock movement. This is the movement that replaced the No. 89 that was popular for many years. This one has the date stamp 42 6 on the rear lower left leg of the movement. Some of the other examples of this movement I’ve seen have […]

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Last updated August 25, 2012

Schatz Painted 400 Day Clocks with Diamond Dial

July 5, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Schatz Painted 400 Day Clocks with Diamond Dial

I recently repaired a maroon and a turquoise Schatz standard 400 day clock with diamond-shaped dial. Both of these clocks have a painted base, pendulum, pillars and dial with brass trim. The dials have an image in center of two people lighting Japanese lanterns. I repaired a black one of the same style in 2009. […]

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Last updated July 5, 2012

Schatz Bermuda Coach 400 Day Clock, Early Style (November 1954)

June 15, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Schatz Bermuda Coach 400 Day Clock, Early Style (November 1954)

I recently repaired this Schatz “Bermuda Coach” 400 day clock. It is an older version of the clock in my earlier post. This example has glass panels in the cover (instead of plastic), and the core of the base is steel (instead of Bakelite) with brass over it. The movement fastens from the top instead […]

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Last updated June 15, 2012