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Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

2014/10/31 | By | Reply 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 2014/10/31

My Westclox Story

2014/06/19 | 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 2014/07/17

Two More Reproduction Baby Ben Dials Available: Style 2 and Style 4

2013/10/18 | By | Reply More
Two More Reproduction Baby Ben Dials Available: Style 2 and Style 4

I just added 2 dials to my online dial catalog (I made these 2 dials some years ago but just realized I had a stash of them and hadn’t put them in the catalog). The first is the white Baby Ben DeLuxe dial for the nickel style 2 made from 1927 to 1930 (starting in […]

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Last updated 2013/10/21

Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

2013/05/26 | By | 3 Replies More
Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

Here is an early Big Ben alarm clock, made during the second year of preliminary production. The movement has the date code 7 3 9 (July 3, 1909). This is a Style 1 (leg model) Big Ben. The dial has the early form of hands and numerals (note especially the 7). The words “BIG BEN” […]

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Last updated 2013/12/22

Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

2013/05/24 | By | Reply More
Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

Here is an early example of a Westclox clock, made while the company name was “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.” This clock was made around 1890. The movement and its canister were made by “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.”, and the Golden Novelty Mfg. Co. made the cast case front and marketed the clock. The movement […]

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Last updated 2013/05/25

Baby Ben Style 7 Alarm Clock Made in October 1976

2012/01/14 | By | Reply More
Baby Ben Style 7 Alarm Clock Made in October 1976

For years, we thought that the style 7 Big Ben and Baby Ben alarm clocks were made from 1956 – 1964. We now know that the style 7 Baby Ben windup was revived ca. 1976. Here are photos of an example dated 10 76 (October 1976) on the movement, in its original box with instructions. […]

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Last updated 2012/01/14

Satellite View of Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

2012/01/02 | By | Reply More
Satellite View of Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

Yesterday, the old Westclox factory in Peru, Illinois was partly destroyed by fire (see Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois). Google Earth has a nice view of the old factory, and I saved this image before it gets updated. North is at the top of this image. The factory covers 4 city […]

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Last updated 2012/01/02

Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois

2012/01/01 | By | 2 Replies More
Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois

The fire started shortly before the new year, and two teenagers were charged with arson. Peru assistant fire chief Jim Duncan said the middle building portion of the Westclox complex was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. “The fire was just out of control when we found it,” Duncan said. As Duncan explained, the Westclox complex […]

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Last updated 2012/01/02

Westclox History Summary Added to ClockHistory.com

2009/03/15 | 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

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Last updated 2009/11/26

1919 Westclox Parts and Repair Manual

2009/02/01 | By | 1 Reply More
1919 Westclox Parts and Repair Manual

In 1919, Westclox (Western Clock Company) published a parts and repair manual called “First Aid for injured Westclox.” I have only a fair photocopy of this manual, but hope to buy or borrow an original for scanning someday. For now, we have put only the general information and repair text on the ClockHistory.com web site. […]

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Last updated 2009/11/26