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.
This drop octagon with simple calendar was made by E. N. Welch in Forestville, Connecticut. It has a walnut veneered case and a painted dial. The glass in the door is labeled “Lowery Insurance” which was an agency in Flora, Indiana. It was made around the 1870s – 1880s. The movement is 8-day time and […]August 31, 2011
This Seth Thomas round top mantel clock uses the No. 89C movement, one of the popular 89 series. It is 8-day time and strike, with hour strike on a cathedral gong, and 1/2 hour strike on a bell. The dial is paper covered with celluloid. The original time mainspring of 3/4 x 0.018 inches hadn’t […]August 31, 2011
This Seth Thomas “Octagon Top” clock was made around 1865, the year the company’s town name was changed from Plymouth Hollow to Thomaston. The movement is marked “Plymouth” but the case label says “Thomaston.” Case height 14 7/16 inches, width 8 15/16, dial minute track 5 1/8 diameter. This clock has a one-day time and […]August 31, 2011
Over the past several months I’ve been so busy repairing clocks and designing my Westclox history database, that I haven’t written in my blog! Here is a post about a New Haven walnut kitchen clock, and I shall post some more clocks this week. This New Haven walnut cased “kitchen” or shelf clock from the […]August 31, 2011
A Schatz standard 400 day clock didn’t run well after repair. I had cleaned the movement and adjusted the fork on the suspension spring, yet the pendulum rotation was only about 3/4 of a turn with the mainspring fully wound. I installed a new mainspring, and the motion was slightly less. I polished the pivots, […]August 31, 2011
This miniature 400 day clock is 8 1/4 inches tall without the dome. There in no name on the face. The back of the movement is labeled “Euramca”. The movement was made in Germany by Edgar Henn, and the “Horolovar 400 Day Clock Repair Guide” classifies this movement as plate 1088. It was made around […]August 31, 2011
This Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock is dated March 1901 on the case bottom (date code 1091C). The case is 12 1/8 inches tall, 17 5/8 inches wide at the feet, and the minute hand is 2 1/8 inches long from center to tip. See more photos. Adamantine is Seth Thomas’ patented process of applying […]August 31, 2011
The Seth Thomas No. 89 clock movement was used in many mantel clocks from ca. 1900 – 1938. Around 1939, a cost-reduced movement was introduced. It uses smaller gears and plates, and has rack and snail striking. To save cost, 5 gears are the same. It has a deadbeat escapement with diamond-shaped steel pins (whereas […]December 22, 2012
Oak and oak veneer case 22 7/16 inches tall and 14 7/8 inches wide. The movement is an earlier version of the no. 89 movement. It is marked “8 1/4” on the front plate. It uses 11/16 inch wide loop end mainsprings (later examples use 3/4 inch wide springs. It can run reliably on thin, […]August 31, 2011
This type of clock is ofter called a “store regulator” by collectors. This one’s model name is “Crane”. It has an 8 day time and strike movement. The case is 37 inches tall and 16 1/8 inches wide. The dial minute track is 11 inches in diameter. The movement has steel plates that are brass […]August 31, 2011