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Seth Thomas “Round Band” Shelf Clock Made in 1884

December 31, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas “Round Band” Shelf Clock Made in 1884

Here is a nice, original example of a Seth Thomas “Round Band” shelf clock. Seth Thomas made this model for many years, and the 1863 catalog shows it. The date code 4881 C (March 1884) is on the back of the case. The mahogany veneer case is 16 5/16 inches tall and 10 9/16 inches […]

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Last updated December 31, 2015

Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

November 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

There is a new Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois. It is housed in the former Westclox factory at 350 5th Street. My friends Cheryl and Gary Biolchini and I visited on October 31st. Even though the museum has been open only since last February, the founders and dedicated volunteers have gathered a wonderful selection of […]

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Last updated November 7, 2015

Tortoise Shell Finish Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock

October 17, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Tortoise Shell Finish Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Clock

Here’s an Adamantine Mantel clock (made by Seth Thomas) that I’d never seen before! I would describe the case finish as “tortoise shell”. Below are photos of the front of the clock, a closeup of the case, and a photo of the rear showing the movement:   Adamantine is a veneered celluloid finish made by […]

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Last updated October 20, 2015

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with 2 Jewels, Auxiliary Mainspring and Adjustable Pallets

May 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with 2 Jewels, Auxiliary Mainspring and Adjustable Pallets

This Schatz standard 400 day clock is from 1953 and has several unusual features: The movement has 2 jewel bearings (most standard size movements have no jewels). The jewel bearings don’t affect how well the clock works, and may have been a sales feature; It has an auxiliary mainspring and barrel on the 4th gear. […]

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Last updated May 19, 2015

Jahresuhrenfabrik (JUF) 400 Day Clock ca. 1912 with Disc Pendulum

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Jahresuhrenfabrik (JUF) 400 Day Clock ca. 1912 with Disc Pendulum

Here’s another Jahresuhrenfabrik 400 day clock I repaired. This one was probably made about 1910 or 1912. The base is not original – it is a 1950s Kundo base. Repair job 6468. I polished the pivots, removed the broken-off screws and found new screws to mount the arch (the decorative part above the dial). I […]

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Last updated May 13, 2015

Jahresuhrenfabrik 400 Day Clocks with Smaller Disc Pendulum

May 13, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Jahresuhrenfabrik 400 Day Clocks with Smaller Disc Pendulum

Three matching Jahresuhrenfabrik (JUF) 400 day clocks ca. 1910 were in my shop at the same time. They have a smaller disc pendulum and thinner suspension spring than many JUF 400 day clocks, and date from around 1910. Many JUF disc pendulum clocks use a 0.004 inch thick suspension spring, but these 3 clocks have […]

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Last updated May 10, 2015

Schatz Midget 400 Day Clock Made in 1962

May 11, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
Schatz Midget 400 Day Clock Made in 1962

Schatz made 3 sizes of 400 day clock: Standard, Miniature and Midget. The Standard 400 day says “49” on the back inside a circle, the miniature says “53”, and the midget says “JUM/7”. Can anyone tell me what “JUM/7” means? The midget 400 day clock is slightly shorter than the miniature. I recently repaired a […]

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Last updated May 9, 2015

Jahresuhrenfabrik 400 Day Clock ca. 1902

May 9, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Jahresuhrenfabrik 400 Day Clock ca. 1902

Here is a Jahresuhrenfabrik (JUF for short) 400 day clock made around 1902. It has a disc pendulum, small dial, and delicate spade hands. It has beautifully turned finials above the dial. I repaired this clock, and fixed some problems caused by previous repair work. The picture below shows the mainspring after removal from the […]

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Last updated May 9, 2015

Kern Standard 400 Day Clock with Zodiac Dial

February 25, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Kern Standard 400 Day Clock with Zodiac Dial

Here is an interesting Kern 400 day clock with the signs of the Zodiac around the center of the dial. I overhauled the movement, replaced the suspension spring, and polished and lacquered the base and pillars. I don’t receive as many Kern 400 day clocks for repair as Schatz and Kundo clocks. I’m guessing this […]

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Last updated February 23, 2015

Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

October 31, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

I was sorting Westclox parts in my clock shop, and came across 2 plastic bags labeled: “Rare, pinched Big Ben Style 1a Keys” and “Early Style 1 Big Ben Keys”. This motivated me to write about the development of the Big Ben winding key. First, here are 2 examples of the Big Ben leg model […]

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Last updated October 31, 2014