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 Legacy – 2E Electric Westminster Chime Clock

January 9, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Seth Thomas Legacy – 2E Electric Westminster Chime Clock

Here’s a beautiful Seth Thomas electric mantel clock I repaired about a year ago. It is a Legacy – 2E with Westminster chime. It has a mahogany case that is 14 1/2 inches tall and 10 3/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 7/8 inches long and the dial’s minute track is 5 3/4 […]

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Last updated January 9, 2016

Another Miniature Gilbert Mantel Clock – Green Beehive Case

January 2, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Another Miniature Gilbert Mantel Clock – Green Beehive Case

Here’s another miniature Gilbert mantel clock (see “A Gilbert Miniature Round Top Mantel Clock” for the first one). This clock has a green beehive case with floral decorations. The case is 8 1/2 inches tall, 6 9/16 inches wide, and the minute hand is 1 15/16 inches long, with an engraved brass dial. See more […]

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Last updated January 2, 2016

A Gilbert Miniature Round Top Mantel Clock

January 1, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
A Gilbert Miniature Round Top Mantel Clock

Here is a clock with a movement I had never seen – it is a miniature Gilbert round top mantel clock in a red case with Asian motif. It has a cute little time and strike movement with rack and snail strike, and the mainsprings in barrels. The case is only 8 1/2 inches tall […]

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Last updated January 1, 2016

Seth Thomas “Round Band” Shelf Clock Made in 1884

December 31, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas “Round Band” Shelf Clock Made in 1884

Here is a nice, original example of a Seth Thomas “Round Band” shelf clock. Seth Thomas made this model for many years, and the 1863 catalog shows it. The date code 4881 C (March 1884) is on the back of the case. The mahogany veneer case is 16 5/16 inches tall and 10 9/16 inches […]

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Last updated December 31, 2015

Westclox “Dunbar” Electric Wall Clock, Made in April 1941

December 18, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Westclox “Dunbar” Electric Wall Clock, Made in April 1941

Here’s a Westclox “Dunbar” electric wall clock I repaired. The dial is paper on a metal plate, covered by a glass lens, and the case is white plastic with a metal back. This clock uses the Westclox designed M2 self-starting synchronous motor. The red dot on the dial is the power outage indicator. The indicator […]

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Last updated December 16, 2015

Henry C. Smith’s One-Day OG Shelf Clock

December 17, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Henry C. Smith’s One-Day OG Shelf Clock

Here’s a great old one-day OG clock that I repaired. The label says: Henry C. Smith’s Plymouth, Conn. The dial is the earlier style with minute dots instead of lines, used around the late 1840s or the 1850s. See more photos. The movement is type 7.1 in Snowden Taylor’s one Jerome-type 30 hour movement chart. […]

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Last updated July 28, 2017

Seth Thomas Electric Mantel Clock with Hour and Half-Hour Strike made in 1946.

December 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Electric Mantel Clock with Hour and Half-Hour Strike made in 1946.

I repaired this Seth Thomas electric striking mantel clock in a modern-style mahogany case. The movement had a lot of wear, and a pivot of one gear was completely worn off! This clock uses the Sangamo synchronous motor. The date code on the movement is 46-12 (December 1946). See more photos. Repair job 6580. I […]

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Last updated December 15, 2015

Waterbury “Admiral” 30-Day Round Drop Oak Cased Wall Clock

December 15, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Waterbury “Admiral” 30-Day Round Drop Oak Cased Wall Clock

Here’s a nice old time-only 30-day wall regulator by Waterbury Clock Company. This is a round-drop oak case, 31 inches tall and 17 inches wide. The painted dial with Roman numerals has a time track that is 12 1/16 inches outside diameter. The instruction label on the back of the case says the model name […]

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Last updated December 15, 2015

Bowler & Burdick Marble Base 400 Day Clock, ca. 1900

December 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Bowler & Burdick Marble Base 400 Day Clock, ca. 1900

Here is an old and unusual 400 day clock with a white marble base, made around 1900. The dial says “The Bowler & Burdick Co., Cleveland, O.” Notice the small dial, delicate hands and disc pendulum, common on early 400 day clocks. See more pictures. Repair job 6685. Horolovar back plate no. 1471. 0.004 inch […]

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Last updated December 13, 2015

Seth Thomas Chiming Mantel Clock KENBURY-1W

December 13, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas Chiming Mantel Clock KENBURY-1W

This Seth Thomas Westminster chime mantel clock has a No. 124 movement. The cover on the back of the clock says “KENBURY-1W MODEL No. E- 705-003”. The case is mahogany with a lighter wood inlay band across the bottom. The 1951 Seth Thomas catalog shows this clock. Height 8 3/8 inches, width 15 3/8 inches, […]

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Last updated December 16, 2015

Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

November 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

There is a new Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois. It is housed in the former Westclox factory at 350 5th Street. My friends Cheryl and Gary Biolchini and I visited on October 31st. Even though the museum has been open only since last February, the founders and dedicated volunteers have gathered a wonderful selection of […]

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Last updated November 7, 2015

Tortoise Shell Finish Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock

October 17, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Tortoise Shell Finish Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock

Here’s an Adamantine Mantel clock (made by Seth Thomas) that I’d never seen before! I would describe the case finish as “tortoise shell”. Below are photos of the front of the clock, a closeup of the case, and a photo of the rear showing the movement:   Adamantine is a veneered celluloid finish made by […]

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Last updated October 20, 2015

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with 2 Jewels, Auxiliary Mainspring and Adjustable Pallets

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Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with 2 Jewels, Auxiliary Mainspring and Adjustable Pallets

This Schatz standard 400 day clock is from 1953 and has several unusual features: The movement has 2 jewel bearings (most standard size movements have no jewels). The jewel bearings don’t affect how well the clock works, and may have been a sales feature; It has an auxiliary mainspring and barrel on the 4th gear. […]

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Last updated May 19, 2015

Seth Thomas Electric Mantel Clock with Westminster Chimes, Made in 1948

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Seth Thomas Electric Mantel Clock with Westminster Chimes, Made in 1948

Here’s a Seth Thomas 1948 electric mantel clock with Westminster chimes that I repaired. The mahogany case is 9 1/8 inches tall and 19 15/16 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 1/2 inches long. See more pictures. Repair job 6382. I polished the pivots and installed 25 bushings. I installed a replacement time 5th […]

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Last updated May 14, 2015