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.
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 […]September 3, 2014
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 […]September 3, 2014
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 […]September 1, 2014
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 […]February 16, 2015
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 […]August 17, 2014
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 […]August 17, 2014
Here’s a great old 400 day clock that I recently repaired. It was made by Kienzle in Germany around 1905. It has a “disc” pendulum, consisting of a round brass-covered iron disc, with 2 weights on top that you screw in or out to regulate the timekeeping. The dial is enamel with spade hands. See […]August 17, 2014
I just repaired 2 Schatz London Coach 400 day clocks for a customer. The oldest one, dated 12-57 (December 1957) has the usual silvered dial with brass Roman numerals. The newest clock is dated July 1972. I didn’t know that they made them this late! Its dial is brass-color with a white chapter ring and […]August 17, 2014
Here is a Granddaughter clock from Germany. It stands on 4 legs, has 9 beveled glass panels in the door, and an oak case. The round silvered dial has printed numerals and a brass bezel. The 8-day German movement strikes the hour and half-hour. The case is 53 5/8 inches tall. The dial’s minute track […]August 15, 2014
This Seth Thomas electric Westminster chime clock was badly worn! I think someone cleaned the movement without taking it apart, and the resulting rust acted as an abrasive, wearing away the arbors (shafts). The photo below shows the mainspring barrels when I received the clock: I replaced the following badly worn parts: C1 (chime main […]August 13, 2014