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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German Trapezoid Wall Clock, 1960s

September 19, 2011 | By | Reply More
German Trapezoid Wall Clock, 1960s

This German chiming wall clock was made about the 1950s or 1960s. There is no maker’s name on the dial or the movement. The back of the movement is labeled: Western Germany 35 The trapezoidal case is 19 3/4 inches tall and 12 5/8 inches wide. The dial’s minute track is 6 3/4 inches. See […]

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Last updated September 20, 2011

Original Hand Retaining Pin for Seth Thomas Antique Clocks

September 15, 2011 | By | Reply More
Original Hand Retaining Pin for Seth Thomas Antique Clocks

It is common to use a tapered pin to secure the hands on American antique clocks. Seth Thomas, however, originally used a straight pin with a pointed end to secure the hands on many of their clocks. Here are photos of the original pins, washers and hands to a Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock made […]

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Last updated September 10, 2011

Plymouth (by Seth Thomas) 1940 Mantel Clock

August 20, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Plymouth (by Seth Thomas) 1940 Mantel Clock

I repaired this modern-styled mantel clock. Seth Thomas made it and sold it under the “Plymouth” name. The movement has two numbers stamped on the back: 11 40 (November 1940) on left rear movement leg; 4506 (the model number) on strike hammer bridge. The case is 8 5/8 inches tall and 12 3/4 inches wide. […]

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Last updated December 22, 2012

Mainsprings for Seth Thomas 89C Clock Movement (6-18-10)

June 21, 2010 | By | Reply More
Mainsprings for Seth Thomas 89C Clock Movement (6-18-10)

When this movement came in for repair it had extremely strong replacement mainsprings from Germany (the ones that uncoil to over 20″ diameter when released). I don’t like such strong springs in American clock movements, especially the Seth Thomas 89 movements, which are efficient). After routine repair (pivot polishing, bushing) and not so routine repair […]

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Last updated June 20, 2010

Two Seth Thomas “Plymouth” Tambour Mantel Clocks, 1938 and 1940

January 19, 2010 | By | 43 Replies More
Two Seth Thomas “Plymouth” Tambour Mantel Clocks, 1938 and 1940

These two “Plymouth” tambour mantel clocks made by Seth Thomas came into my shop just a couple of days apart. They are similar but have different movements. Both have lively hour and half hour strike on two chime rods. Plymouth was a name that Seth Thomas put on some clocks ca. 1930 – 1950. If […]

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Last updated December 22, 2012

Seth Thomas 8-Day OG Shelf Clock

December 27, 2009 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas 8-Day OG Shelf Clock

I recently repaired the movement of this Seth Thomas 8-day OG shelf clock. Before repair, the clock would run for several minutes and then stop. While running, it would go in and out of beat (the ticking would sometimes be even and sometimes uneven). The movement was taken apart and cleaned. The major problem was […]

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Last updated December 27, 2009

Noah Pomeroy Semi-Deadbeat Escapement

February 9, 2009 | By | Reply More
Noah Pomeroy Semi-Deadbeat Escapement

Noah Pomeroy received patent number 92644 on July 13, 1869; titled “Improvement in deadbeat verge clocks”. The patent describes a way of making a cheap deadbeat verge from a strip of steel. The standard recoil American strip verge escapement has just one face on each pallet, doing both locking and impulse. Pomeroy’s verge has both […]

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Last updated November 26, 2009

A Waltham Mantel Clock with Two Sevens on the Dial!

August 2, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
A Waltham Mantel Clock with Two Sevens on the Dial!

Here are photos of a Waltham mantel clock, probably from the 1920’s. The size is Height: 6 1/2 inches Width of base: 12 inches Depth of base: 4 inches The unusual dial has two numeral sevens! In addition to the seven in its correct location, there is a seven where the six should be! The […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Antique Cuckoo clock

January 1, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Antique Cuckoo clock

I recently overhauled this cuckoo clock. The movement was very dirty and someone had damaged the fan fly and enlarged its pivot holes to about 1/8 inch! The slideshow below shows the repair process. I had to plug the enlarged pivot hole, use the depthing tool to establish the correct center distance, and  drill a […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Flickr Embedded Slideshows in Internet (Windows) Explorer

December 31, 2007 | By | Reply More
Flickr Embedded Slideshows in Internet (Windows) Explorer

The code given previously for a Flickr embedded slideshow does not work in Explorer 6 or 7. Use the following code instead: <pre><iframe src=”http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=uid&set_id=sid&text=” align=”middle” frameborder=”0″ height=”480″ scrolling=”no” width=”520″></iframe></pre> where uid is your Flickr user id number and sid is the id number of the set of photos you wish to display. Thanks to this […]

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Last updated December 31, 2007

Another Test Slideshow

December 27, 2007 | By | Reply More
Another Test Slideshow

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Last updated December 31, 2007

Embedding a Flickr Slideshow in WordPress

December 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Embedding a Flickr Slideshow in WordPress

Use the following code: <pre><object type=”text/html” data=”http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/[email protected]&set_id=sid” height=”500″ width=”500″> </object></pre> where uid is your Flickr user id number and sid is the id number of the set of photos you wish to display. Using the <pre> and </pre> tags prevents WordPress from re-writing your code, as suggested in this post. Thanks to the following resources: […]

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Last updated December 28, 2007

Wonderful Merciful Savior

December 24, 2007 | By | Reply More
Wonderful Merciful Savior

This embedded YouTube player has a playlist of some of my favorite recordings of this song. Share this post:

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Last updated December 24, 2007

Creating a Web Site for My Church

December 2, 2007 | By | Reply More
Creating a Web Site for My Church

I am creating a web site for my church, Flora First Christian Church, and am using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System). WordPress’s excellent administration interface will make it straightforward for church members to update the content on an ongoing basis. Here are some things I am doing to make the web site appear […]

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Last updated January 6, 2008