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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Ansonia “Seneca” Oak Cabinet Clock

July 25, 2011 | By | Reply More
Ansonia “Seneca” Oak Cabinet Clock

This clock with a nice oak case came in for minor adjustments. I think it is a great looking clock! The label inside the back door identifies the model as “Seneca”. It was made around 1894. Tran Duy Ly’s book “Ansonia Clocks and Watches” illustrates a whole series of these cabinet clocks. The case is  […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Sessions Small Pine Shelf Clock

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Sessions Small Pine Shelf Clock

Sessions Small Shelf Clock with dark stained pine case. Height 15 3/8 inches, width 10 3/4 inches. The dial is paper on a metal plate, and the time track outside diameter is 4 3/8 inches.  8 day time and strike movement. This is a cute little clock. It appears to be a later design, judging […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

E. N. Welch Walnut Cased “Kitchen” or Shelf Clock

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E. N. Welch Walnut Cased “Kitchen” or Shelf Clock

I recently repaired this walnut cased shelf clock, made in the 1880s – 1890s by E. N. Welch Manufacturing Co., Forestville, Connecticut. The movement is 8-day time and strike. The case is 23 3/8 inches tall and 14 5/16 inches wide. The original painted dial has a 4 7/8 inch time track. The hands are […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Schatz Standard No Name 400 Day Clock, ca. 1949, with Instructions

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Schatz Standard No Name 400 Day Clock, ca. 1949, with Instructions

This Schatz (Jahresuhernfabrik) standard size 400 day clock was made around 1949 – 1950. It has some differences from those made around 1950 – 1951. The “early” features include: No name on the dial; short sliding tube on suspension guard; the dial is secured with taper pins (instead of collars with screw); the minute wheel […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Kundo Miniature Painted 400 Day Clock

June 30, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Kundo Miniature Painted 400 Day Clock

This pretty little Kundo 400 day clock is 8 7/16 inches tall without the dome. The ivory color base and pillars have flowers painted on them. It was made in the 1950s. The movement is Horolovar back plate no. 1381, and I installed a 0.0024 inch thick Horolovar suspension spring (the 0.0023 inch springs I […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Waterbury Oak Shelf Clock with Steel Plate Movement

June 27, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Waterbury Oak Shelf Clock with Steel Plate Movement

This Waterbury oak cased shelf (kitchen) clock was made around 1903 and is called “Amherst”. It is 21 3/4 inches tall (a small piece is is missing at the top, it should be 22 inches tall) and 15 inches wide. The hands are original Waterbury blackened brass Maltese style. The minute hand is 2 9/16 […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Seth Thomas Cottage Clock, Late Model

June 23, 2011 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Cottage Clock, Late Model

Cottage clocks (small simple spring driven shelf clocks) were popular starting around the 1850s. This is a much newer one, using the Seth Thomas no. 89A movement, and was probably made around the 1920s. The 89A movement is a variation on the basic no. 89 used in many Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clocks. This clock […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Kundo Miniature 400 Day Clock with Brass and Glass Case

June 20, 2011 | By | Reply More
Kundo Miniature 400 Day Clock with Brass and Glass Case

This beautiful clock dates from the 1950s, and has glass in the front and sides. This clock has the Kundo miniature movement, classified as Horolovar back plate no. 1407A. It uses a .0023 inch thick suspension spring. See more photos. Repair job 5469. Share this post:

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Suspension Springs for Schatz and Kundo Miniature 400 Day Clocks

June 11, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
Suspension Springs for Schatz and Kundo Miniature 400 Day Clocks

On several previous posts, I noted that some Schatz miniature 400 day clocks (model 53 movement) needed a 0.0024 inch thick suspension spring (whereas the Horolovar 400 Day Clock Repair Guide specifies a 0.0023 inch spring). I just experienced this again – this week I repaired a Schatz “London Coach” 400 day clock (which has […]

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Last updated December 6, 2011

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with “Holey” Dome

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Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with “Holey” Dome

This Schtaz standard size 400 day clock was made in August 1952. It has a special glass dome with a hole in the top for the handle to protrude. The handle has a spring loaded brass dust washer which the dome presses down slightly when it is set in place. The dome is 5 1/2 […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Schatz Silver Dial 400 Day Clock, 1954

June 8, 2011 | By | Reply More
Schatz Silver Dial 400 Day Clock, 1954

I recently repaired the Schatz standard 400 day clock with round silver dial (silver plated brass with engraved numerals and decorations). The movement has the date code 10 54 (October 1954) on the back. Repairs included straightening one bent pivot, polishing the pivots, installing a new suspension spring and lower suspension block. This movement is […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Kundo Nickel Plated 400 Day Clock, 1950s

June 7, 2011 | By | Reply More
Kundo Nickel Plated 400 Day Clock, 1950s

This pretty and unusual Kundo standard 400 day clock has the case parts and movement plates nickel plated. This clock has the unusual square dial. It was made in the early 1950s. I overhauled the movement. A previous repairer had badly damaged the anchor and escape wheel, so I installed replacement parts, polished the pivots, […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Schatz Standard Maroon Painted 400 Day Clock, 1952

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Schatz Standard Maroon Painted 400 Day Clock, 1952

This pretty Schatz standard 400 day clock has a  maroon and brass base. The dial has a maroon painted outer ring, and the center is cream color with an image of a man and woman seated on a bench. This clock is dated 7 52 (July 1952) on the movement. See the following post for […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Roman Numeral Dial, 1954

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Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Roman Numeral Dial, 1954

This Schatz standard 400 day clock has the Roman numeral dial with the standard Schatz logo. The movement is dated 10 54 (October 1954) and is classified as Horolovar back plate no. 1014A. This clock is incomplete but is shown here for its historical interest. Share this post:

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Last updated August 31, 2011