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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Sessions Regulator No. 5

July 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sessions Regulator No. 5

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 […]

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Last updated July 21, 2012

1930 Gilbert Bim-Bam Tambour Mantel Clock

May 10, 2012 | By | Reply More
1930 Gilbert Bim-Bam Tambour Mantel Clock

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 […]

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Last updated June 4, 2012

Ingraham “Doric” Shelf Clock

May 2, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Ingraham “Doric” Shelf Clock

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 […]

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Last updated April 20, 2012

Seth Thomas Tambour Mantel Clock, Silvered Embossed Brass Dial

April 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Tambour Mantel Clock, Silvered Embossed Brass Dial

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 […]

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Last updated April 17, 2012

Seth Thomas Tambour Mantel Clock, Printed Aluminum Dial

April 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Tambour Mantel Clock, Printed Aluminum Dial

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 […]

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Last updated April 16, 2012

Jahresuhrenfabrik Disc Pendulum 400 Day Clock

April 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
Jahresuhrenfabrik Disc Pendulum 400 Day Clock

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. […]

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Last updated July 4, 2012

Kundo 1960s 400 Day Clock with Original Packing and Instructions

April 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Kundo 1960s 400 Day Clock with Original Packing and Instructions

This Kundo standard 400 day clock (probably from the 1960s or early 1970s) still has its original instructions and styrofoam packing. See more photos. Repair job 5730. Horolovar back plate no. 1380. .0032 inch suspension spring. Share this post:

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Last updated April 17, 2012

Seth Thomas Round Top Mantel Clock with 48-R Movement

April 24, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Seth Thomas Round Top Mantel Clock with 48-R Movement

This small round-top Seth Thomas mantel clock uses the no. 48-R round movement, 8-day time and strike with rack and snail striking (so it won’t get out of synchronization). The mahogany case is 10 3/8 inches tall and 7 3/16 inches wide. The white enamel dial has a 4 1/2 inch minute track, and the […]

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Last updated April 16, 2012

Seth Thomas “Cathay 3” Electric Alarm Clock

April 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas “Cathay 3” Electric Alarm Clock

The owners of this clock received it as a wedding gift in 1955, and were dismayed when the clock stopped working during a thunderstorm. It needed cleaning, pivot polishing and two bushings. The coil smelled burnt, and I was lucky to find a good used replacement. The fiber gear had several damaged teeth, so I […]

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Last updated April 16, 2012

Schlenker & Kienzle German Time and Strike Wall Clock

April 22, 2012 | By | Reply More
Schlenker & Kienzle German Time and Strike Wall Clock

Here’s a clock with a movement almost identical to the one in my previous post. This clock appears older, judging from the fancier case style. The case is 35 1/2 inches tall and 14 9/16 inches wide. The enamel dial has a 4 15/16 diameter minute track, and the minute hand is 2 9/6 inches […]

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Last updated April 16, 2012

Schlenker & Kienzle Time and Strike Wall Clock

April 21, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Schlenker & Kienzle Time and Strike Wall Clock

This pretty time and strike wall clock was made by Schlenker & Kienzle in Germany. The movement and the gong base have the Schlenker & Kienzle logo, as illustrated in  “Clock & Watch Trademarks of European Origin”, Karl Kochman, S. Larose, Inc. Greensboro, NC 1984.  p. 69. The clock strikes the hour and half hour […]

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Last updated April 16, 2012

Sessions Small Store Regulator Clock

April 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sessions Small Store Regulator Clock

I did some minor adjustments to this Sessions wall clock. I haven’t seen this particular model before. It is shaped like the wall clock commonly called a “store regulator” but is smaller, and the case is dark oak, possibly indicating that it was made in the 1920s or 1930s. It has the standard type of […]

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Last updated April 20, 2012

Time and Strike German Wall Clock with Halblang Movement

April 19, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Time and Strike German Wall Clock with Halblang Movement

This German time and strike wall clock has a movement labeled “Halblang”. It has very fine fine pivots and pinions, and is similar to those made by Lenzkirch. It is spring driven and strikes the hours on a coil gong. The case is 23 1/4 inches tall (without the top) and 13 1/16 inches wide. […]

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Last updated April 16, 2012

Waterbury Tambour Mantel Clock ca. 1920

January 20, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Waterbury Tambour Mantel Clock ca. 1920

This Waterbury tambour mantel clock was made around 1920. The movement plates are steel that have been given a thin brass plating. Brass bushings were inserted in the plates so that the pivots (steel gear shafts) can turn in brass holes as usual (steel on steel would cause severe wear). See more photos. This clock […]

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Last updated January 20, 2012