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 Small Mahogany Adamantine Mantel Clock

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Seth Thomas Small Mahogany Adamantine Mantel Clock

Here is a beautiful Seth Thomas Adamantine mahogany mantel clock. It is a cute little clock with one celluloid half-pillar on each side of the front. It is in excellent original condition. It strikes the hours on a heavy coil gong, and strikes a single note each half hour on the brass bell. It is […]

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Last updated October 21, 2014

Seth Thomas Electric Striking Clock, Made in 1947

October 21, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Electric Striking Clock, Made in 1947

Here’s a Seth Thomas electric striking clock in a modern style mahogany case. The dial is “skeletonized” so that the wood shows through most of the brass dial. This clock’s case is 8 7/16 inches tall and 14 1/16 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 1/2 inches long. The motor has the date code […]

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Last updated October 21, 2014

Seth Thomas Miniature Octagon Top Clock Ca. 1865

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Seth Thomas Miniature Octagon Top Clock Ca. 1865

This cute little Seth Thomas octagon top shelf clock is only 9 1/4 inches tall and 7 inches wide. The case has mahogany veneer, and the small movement is one-day time only. There is a mirror in the door. See more photos. Repair job 6325. I polished the pivots, installed 6 bushings and replaced the […]

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Last updated October 20, 2014

Seth Thomas “Utica” Walnut Shelf Clock

October 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas “Utica” Walnut Shelf Clock

Here is a beautiful Seth Thomas walnut-cased shelf clock I repaired. My customer shipped the clock from Alaska to my shop in Indiana for repair without the door and dial, to reduce the chance of damage. This clock is 22 3/16 inches tall and 12 5/8 inches wide. This clock was made around 1886. The […]

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Last updated October 12, 2014

Ingraham Black Mantel Clock Made In 1906

September 5, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Ingraham Black Mantel Clock Made In 1906

I repaired this 1906 Ingraham mantel clock. Clocks of this type were popular around 1900 to 1920. Collectors refer to them as “black mantel” clocks. See more photos. Repair job 6256. Movement date code 3 06. I moved the escape wheel on its arbor to engage the unworn surface of the pallets. I trued the […]

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Last updated September 3, 2014

Seth Thomas Lynton Electric Striking Clock, Dated 1949

September 4, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Lynton Electric Striking Clock, Dated 1949

Here’s another example of a Seth Thomas electric striking mantel clock that I repaired. This one is dated October 1949 on the movement, and April 1949 on the motor. This clock is the Lynton Model No. E511-000. The case is mahogany with an inlay strip in front. It is 16 3/4 inches wide and 8 […]

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Last updated September 3, 2014

Waterbury Half Column Clock with Coat of Arms Glass Painting

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Waterbury Half Column Clock with Coat of Arms Glass Painting

I repaired this beautiful Waterbury clock earlier this year. It is a 30 hour weight-driven clock in a half-column case with gild and marbleized columns and walnut veneer. Everything appears original – nice painted dial with 95 percent of the original paint, nice reverse painted glass with a coat-of-arms, and a great label on the […]

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Last updated September 1, 2014

Antique Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with Nice Label and Date on the Back

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Antique Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with Nice Label and Date on the Back

Here is a Seth Thomas antique oak “kitchen” clock that came into my shop. I did only minor adjustments to it per customer request, but it will need overhauling in the future as there are worn pivot holes. There are lots of these clocks around, and I am showing this one because it has a […]

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Last updated February 16, 2015

Important Points for the Repair of a Connecticut-type American Antique Clock

August 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Important Points for the Repair of a Connecticut-type American Antique Clock

I repair lots of American-made Connecticut-type antique clocks. This list helps me to remember everything important. Check T1 and S1 tooth wear and record on log sheet. (Mainsprings are often too strong on these clocks, and I record the approximate wear each time I repair a clock to see if the teeth are wearing too […]

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Last updated August 17, 2014

Seth Thomas Chime Clock with No. 113 Movement, ca. 1921

August 17, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Chime Clock with No. 113 Movement, ca. 1921

The Seth Thomas No. 113 Westminster Chime movement was introduced about 1921 and is a large, heavy movement. The number “113” is usually stamped on the back. These movements are very reliable. Their weak point is the strong mainsprings contained in going barrels. If a mainspring breaks, gear teeth may be damaged, so repairs can […]

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Last updated August 17, 2014