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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

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

Antique Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with Nice Label and Date on the Back

August 21, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Antique Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with Nice Label and Date on the Back

Here is a Seth Thomas antique oak “kitchen” clock that came into my shop. I did only minor adjustments to it per customer request, but it will need overhauling in the future as there are worn pivot holes. There are lots of these clocks around, and I am showing this one because it has a […]

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Last updated February 16, 2015

Schatz London Coach 400 Day Clock, Late Model, With Different Dial

August 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Schatz London Coach 400 Day Clock, Late Model, With Different Dial

I just repaired 2 Schatz London Coach 400 day clocks for a customer. The oldest one, dated 12-57 (December 1957) has the usual silvered dial with brass Roman numerals. The newest clock is dated July 1972. I didn’t know that they made them this late! Its dial is brass-color with a white chapter ring and […]

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Last updated August 17, 2014

My Westclox Story

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
My Westclox Story

When I was a boy and stayed overnight at my Grammy and Granddaddy’s house, they put a Baby Ben alarm clock by my bed (not to wake me in the morning, but because I liked clocks). I looked at the dial and saw the name, Westclox. “That doesn’t sound like a real word”, I thought, […]

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Last updated July 17, 2014