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 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:April 17, 2012
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 […]April 16, 2012
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 […]April 16, 2012
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 […]April 16, 2012
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 […]April 16, 2012
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 […]April 20, 2012
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. […]April 16, 2012
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 […]January 20, 2012
For years, we thought that the style 7 Big Ben and Baby Ben alarm clocks were made from 1956 – 1964. We now know that the style 7 Baby Ben windup was revived ca. 1976. Here are photos of an example dated 10 76 (October 1976) on the movement, in its original box with instructions. […]January 14, 2012
I recently repaired this Schatz 1000 day clock. It is dated 10 56 (October 1956) on the back of the movement, and the front of the base has a presentation plate dated February 8, 1959. The picture on the right, below, shows the gears and the mainspring barrel. Note how large the barrel is compared […]January 14, 2012