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1942 Photo of Alarm Clocks in Jewelry Store

September 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
1942 Photo of Alarm Clocks in Jewelry Store

Paul Hogroian of Duplication Services at the Library of Congress sent me this 1942 photo that he scanned. It shows Mr. H. Ormand, jeweler in San Leandro, California, and his Westclox, Seth Thomas and Telechron clocks. Some of my favorite vintage clocks are here! Mr. Ormand is holding a Westclox “Tide” windup alarm clock in […]

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Last updated September 2, 2017

The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

September 1, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Name “Westclox” on Alarm Clock Dials up to 1930

Introduction The clock company Westclox started in 1885 as United Clock Company, reorganized as Western Clock Company in 1887; became The Western Clock Mfg. Co. in 1888; and in 1912 became the shorter Western Clock Company. Trademark 108232 of 1916 registers the name Westclox (short for Western Clocks) and states “The trade mark has been […]

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Last updated September 1, 2017

The Westclox “Alternating” and “Bunkie” Repeating Alarm Clocks

August 26, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Westclox “Alternating” and “Bunkie” Repeating Alarm Clocks

An intermittent or repeating alarm clock rings and stops periodically instead of ringing steadily. Several American clock companies introduced them in the 1900s. Westclox introduced the “Alternating” alarm clock in 1904, and applied for a patent in 1906. The U.S. Patent Office issued the patent on June 4, 1907. Quoting from it “My invention relates […]

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Last updated August 26, 2017

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 | 9 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

Waterbury Half Column Clock with Coat of Arms Glass Painting

September 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Waterbury Half Column Clock with Coat of Arms Glass Painting

I repaired this beautiful Waterbury clock earlier this year. It is a 30 hour weight-driven clock in a half-column case with gild and marbleized columns and walnut veneer. Everything appears original – nice painted dial with 95 percent of the original paint, nice reverse painted glass with a coat-of-arms, and a great label on the […]

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Last updated September 1, 2014