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Seth Thomas Manual Start Electric Clock, ca. 1930

November 1, 2009 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Manual Start Electric Clock, ca. 1930

This nice little wooden case clock is 9-1/2 inches tall and 7-1/2 inches wide with a 3-15/16 inch time track on the dial. It was made about 1930, and has a manual-starting electric motor. The starting lever is on the back of the movement (inside the back door) and is depressed and released to start […]

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Last updated November 17, 2009

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Slow Hour Hand!

October 10, 2009 | By | Reply More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Slow Hour Hand!

I repaired a Schatz standard 400 day clock made in August 1952. The next day, the hour hand did not align correctly with the minute hand. As I turned the minute hand forward, I saw that the hour hand was getting further and further behind. The hour hand was losing 1/4 hour every 12 hours, […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Schatz 400 Day with Early Logo and Roman Numerals

September 23, 2009 | By | Reply More
Schatz 400 Day with Early Logo and Roman Numerals

This Schatz standard size 400 day clock was made about 1949 or 1950 in Germany. It has the early form of the Schatz logo on the dial: written horizontally in black (later ones are red and incline slightly). It has Roman numerals instead of the more common Arabic numerals. When this clock came in for […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

A New Glass Tablet for My Early Seth Thomas Ogee Clock

July 22, 2009 | By | Reply More
A New Glass Tablet for My Early Seth Thomas Ogee Clock

I blogged about this clock shortly after receiving it in April. At that time, it had an incorrect picture in the door. Lee Davis painted a reproduction on old glass for me. I am extremely pleased with this clock. The case veneer needs some repair, but I can enjoy it as it is for now. […]

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Last updated June 5, 2010

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Round Silver Dial, Dated November 1952

July 19, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Round Silver Dial, Dated November 1952

I recently overhauled this clock, including polishing 10 pivots and smoothing the corresponding pivot holes with a round broach. The base had 9 short vertical cracks, and I was able to successfully polish it.  The movement is dated 11 52 on the back. Repair job 4928. Share this post:

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Schatz Diamond Dial 400 Day Clock Made in 1952

June 20, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More
Schatz Diamond Dial 400 Day Clock Made in 1952

I recently repaired this clock. Diamond dial clocks are not as common as those with round enamel dial. This diamond dial is unusual in having a picture (beehives and beekeepers) instead of a silver background. I cleaned the movement, polished and burnished several of the pivots, and replaced the suspension spring. This clock runs extremely […]

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Last updated July 5, 2012

Schatz Square Dial 400 Day Clock Made in 1953

June 20, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Schatz Square Dial 400 Day Clock Made in 1953

I recently repaired this clock and polished and lacquered the base and pillars. Square dial clocks are not nearly as common as those with round enamel dial, and slightly less common than the silver diamond dial. I cleaned the movement, polished and burnished several of the pivots, and replaced the suspension spring. This clock runs […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Narrow Plates

June 12, 2009 | By | Reply More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock with Narrow Plates

As the 1950’s began, most (if not all) 400 day clocks in production were “standard” size, with movements about 2 5/8 to 2 3/4 inches wide. In the early to mid-1950’s, companies including as Kundo and Schatz designed “narrow plate” standard movements slightly less than 1 3/4 inches wide that could be imported into the […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock Dated 10 54 (October 1954)

April 17, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock Dated 10 54 (October 1954)

I recently repaired this Schatz standard 400 day clock. It needed to have 5 pivots polished, and the suspension spring replaced. I polished and lacquered the base and pillars. This clock is unusual in having aluminum leveling discs. I have seen only brass or plastic disks before (I think the brass ones came first, and […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Early Seth Thomas Brass Movement OG Clock

April 15, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Early Seth Thomas Brass Movement OG Clock

This 30 hour OG is the most recent addition to my collection (I don’t buy very many clocks these days, but I couldn’t resist this one). This clock was made about 1845, the fourth year that Seth Thomas made brass movement OG clocks. It has the early features described on my ClockHistory.com web site, and […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009

Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock, Cream Painted Dial

March 24, 2009 | By | Reply More
Schatz Standard 400 Day Clock, Cream Painted Dial

I just completed repair of this Schatz standard size 400 day clock. Besides cleaning the movement (including the mainspring) and replacing the suspension spring, I polished 4 pivots. The movies below show the escapement closeup, and the entire clock operating. The slideshow below shows the front and rear of the clock. Backplate like No. 1279 […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011

Westclox History Summary Added to ClockHistory.com

March 15, 2009 | By | Reply More
Westclox History Summary Added to ClockHistory.com

In the late 1970’s, Westclox typed up a document giving highlights of the company’s history from 1885 to 1976. The document is now on ClockHistory.com Share this post:

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Last updated November 26, 2009

Noah Pomeroy Semi-Deadbeat Escapement

February 9, 2009 | By | Reply More
Noah Pomeroy Semi-Deadbeat Escapement

Noah Pomeroy received patent number 92644 on July 13, 1869; titled “Improvement in deadbeat verge clocks”. The patent describes a way of making a cheap deadbeat verge from a strip of steel. The standard recoil American strip verge escapement has just one face on each pallet, doing both locking and impulse. Pomeroy’s verge has both […]

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Last updated November 26, 2009

Schatz Maroon Painted 400 Day Clock

February 5, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Schatz Maroon Painted 400 Day Clock

This Schatz standard windup 400 day (anniversary) clock was made in November, 1952. It has an unusual maroon color dial and trim. The paint and brass finish are original, I have not done any polishing as I like to keep things original when possible. There are some tarnish spots on the base, visible in the […]

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Last updated May 24, 2011