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 Seth Thomas shelf clock and installed new mainsprings because they had previously been replaced with springs that were too strong. The case is 22 3/8 inches tall and 14 3/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 13/16 inches long. I replaced the dial because the original was in very bad condition. […]July 22, 2012
This Ingraham “beehive” shaped mantel clock has an 8-day time and strike movement dated 3 14 (March 1914). The movements in these Ingraham mantel clocks run very efficiently thanks to their deadbeat escapement. The case is 13 1/16 inches tall and 8 5/8 inches wide. The dial’s minute track is 4 3/8 inch in diameter, […]July 22, 2012
I recently repaired this Schatz standard 400 day clock. The dial is brass with embossed numerals, painted ivory. The hands are thin stamped brass, to reduce their weight. See more photos. Repair job 5833. Horolovar backplate no. 1279 with date of 9 52 (September 1952). Share this post:July 21, 2012
This “Vienna” regulator by Junghans has an oak case 40 1/2 inches tall and 13 1/2 inches wide. The enamel dial is marked “W. Bauer, Wein” on the center portion (Wein means Vienna). This must be the seller (or was added later) as the movement was made in Germany. The dial’s minute track is 6 […]July 8, 2013
I recently repaired this Sessions Regulator No. 5 wall clock. The mahogany-finished case is 50 inches tall and 19 1/2 inches wide. The dial is paper, and the minute hand is 5 7/16 inches long. The clock is listed in the Sessions 1915 catalog, and was also available in oak. The clock has a second […]July 21, 2012
This Gilbert tambour mantel clock does bim-bam strike on the hour and one single-note strike on the half-hour. The movement has “30” stamped on the back, identifying the year of manufacture as 1930. The case is 20 3/4 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches tall. The dial is made of aluminum with embossed numerals. The […]June 4, 2012
Here’s an example of the Ingraham “Doric” shelf clock. Ingraham made this model for years, around the 1860s to 1880s. There is a patent date on the dial pan in which is lightly stamped and unreadable. The lower glass originally had a reverse painting. The movement is 8-day and strikes the hours on a coil […]April 20, 2012
Here’s another classic tambour mantel clock by Seth Thomas, this one in a dark mahogany case. The dial is a brass sheet with embossed numerals, lettering and time track that has been matte silver plated. The hands are the modern “ST” pattern (S on the minute hand and T on the hour hand). The 8-day […]April 17, 2012
The American tambour mantel clock was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. This example by Seth Thomas is a classic that uses the reliable No. 89 movement. It strikes the hour and half hour and is an 8-day clock (intended to be wound every 7 days, but will often run 14 days on a […]April 16, 2012
This 400 day clock with disc pendulum was made around 1900 – 1910. The brass base has a wooden insert. There is no suspension guard over the suspension spring, so I had to be extra careful in packing it for shipping. See more photos. Repair job 5689. The movement is Horolovar back plate number 1471. […]July 4, 2012