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 Adamantine Mantel Clock with 89C Movement

March 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock with 89C Movement

Here’s a beautiful Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock I repaired. The case is black, with green, yellow and orange marbleized top and trim. The movement is the popular and long-lasting No. 89C (which appears to be the same as the movement marked 89 which is seen often). It strikes the hour on a heavy coil […]

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Last updated March 10, 2015

1950 Seth Thomas Electric Steeple Clock

March 11, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
1950 Seth Thomas Electric Steeple Clock

I recently repaired this Seth Thomas electric steeple clock that was made in 1950. The date code on the bottom of the case is 5010 (November 1950). The date code on the back of the movement is 5004 (April 1950). This clock is 15 1/4 inches tall and 9 1/8 inches wide. This clock is […]

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Last updated March 10, 2015

Ansonia “Burton” Oak Kitchen or Shelf Clock

February 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ansonia “Burton” Oak Kitchen or Shelf Clock

I repaired this Ansonia “Burton” oak shelf clock. It is in nice, all-original condition including dial and door glass. About 35% of the label on the back of the case remains. This clock is 22 1/2 inches tall. The movement is 8-day time and strike. See more photos. Repair job 6396. This is the “4 […]

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Last updated February 23, 2015

Kern Standard 400 Day Clock with Zodiac Dial

February 25, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Kern Standard 400 Day Clock with Zodiac Dial

Here is an interesting Kern 400 day clock with the signs of the Zodiac around the center of the dial. I overhauled the movement, replaced the suspension spring, and polished and lacquered the base and pillars. I don’t receive as many Kern 400 day clocks for repair as Schatz and Kundo clocks. I’m guessing this […]

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Last updated February 23, 2015

Gilbert “Consort” Oak Long Drop Octagon Wall Clock

February 24, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Gilbert “Consort” Oak Long Drop Octagon Wall Clock

Here’s a nice example of a Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. oak long drop octagon wall clock named “Consort.” It has an 8-day time only movement. The case is 32 inches tall and 17 7/8 inches wide. The dial’s minute track is 11 inches outside diameter, and the minute hand is 5 1/4 inches from […]

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Last updated February 22, 2015

Seth Thomas “Wickford” Electric Westminster Chime Tambour Clock, ca. 1930

February 23, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas “Wickford” Electric Westminster Chime Tambour Clock, ca. 1930

Seth Thomas Clock Company made many Westminster Chime clocks in the 20th century. Here is a beauty in a tambour case called the “Wickford”, made around 1930. The dial is engraved and silvered brass with applied numerals. The motor is the Sangamo self-starting synchronous motor, a very reliable motor made through the late-1940s. The case […]

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Last updated February 22, 2015

Ansonia “Capitol” Weight Driven Wall Clock

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Ansonia “Capitol” Weight Driven Wall Clock

Here is an Ansonia “Capitol” wall clock driven by 2 weights. It is time-only (no striking or chiming). The clock is 50 inches tall (without the finial) and 14 3/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 3 7/16 inches long from center to tip. See more photos. Two weights allow the clock to keep ticking […]

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Last updated February 22, 2015

Seth Thomas Electric Banjo Clock, 1949

February 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Electric Banjo Clock, 1949

Here’s a “banjo” clock made by Seth Thomas in 1949. This one runs on electricity with a synchronous motor. The motor speed is reduced to drive the hands, and the motor also winds up a mainspring that powers the hour and half-hour striking. I put “banjo” in quotes, as Simon Willard invented and patented the […]

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Last updated February 22, 2015

Schatz “Bermuda Coach” 400 Day Anniversary Clock Dated 6-55

November 23, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Schatz “Bermuda Coach” 400 Day Anniversary Clock Dated 6-55

Here’s another Schatz Bermuda Coach 400 day clock I repaired. I polished the case, pendulum, hands and bezel; and overhauled the movement. I’ve written about these clock before (see my posts Schatz Bermuda Coach 400 Day Clock, Early Style (November 1954) and Schatz “Bermuda Coach” 400 Day Clock). This one is so beautiful with all […]

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Last updated May 12, 2015

Bushing the Westclox Big Ben Chime Alarm Clock Movement

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bushing the Westclox Big Ben Chime Alarm Clock Movement

The Big Ben Chime alarm was introduced in 1931, and made until 1956. (A new Chime Alarm movement with single key wind and one mainspring for time and alarm was introduced in 1956 for the Clock Of Tomorrow. A later Chime Alarm movement was used in some style 8 Big Ben alarm clocks.) The Big […]

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Last updated November 16, 2014

Bushing the Westclox Baby Ben Alarm Clock Movement

November 17, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Bushing the Westclox Baby Ben Alarm Clock Movement

I once read an article that said “I’ve never seen a Baby Ben movement with enough wear to need bushings.” I have seen many that needed bushings! Any clock that has run for years is bound to have some pivot hole wear. Most Westclox pivots are polished, hard steel wire. The third through fifth (escape) […]

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Last updated May 2, 2017

Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

October 31, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

I was sorting Westclox parts in my clock shop, and came across 2 plastic bags labeled: “Rare, pinched Big Ben Style 1a Keys” and “Early Style 1 Big Ben Keys”. This motivated me to write about the development of the Big Ben winding key. First, here are 2 examples of the Big Ben leg model […]

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Last updated October 31, 2014

Repairing the M4 Motor in Seth Thomas Electric Chime Clocks

October 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Repairing the M4 Motor in Seth Thomas Electric Chime Clocks

I recently repaired a Seth Thomas Legacy 2 E electric clock with Westminster chime. This is an older example of the “Legacy” (made in 1953) in a beautiful walnut case with nice figure to it. The dial is made of engraved and silvered brass. The case is 14 3/8 inches tall with handle and 12 […]

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Last updated May 7, 2017

Seth Thomas Electric Steeple Clock with Hour and Half-Hour Striking, 1947

October 23, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas Electric Steeple Clock with Hour and Half-Hour Striking, 1947

I repaired this Seth Thomas electric steeple clock earlier this year. It strikes the hour and half-hour on one rod. The model number on the back of the case is E503-000. The clock is 14 5/16 inches tall and 9 1/16 inches wide. The dial’s minute track is 5 inches outside diameter, and the minute […]

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Last updated October 21, 2014