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1930 Gilbert Bim-Bam Tambour Mantel Clock

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1930 Gilbert Bim-Bam Tambour Mantel Clock

This Gilbert tambour mantel clock does bim-bam strike on the hour and one single-note strike on the half-hour. The movement has “30” stamped on the back, identifying the year of manufacture as 1930. The case is 20 3/4 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches tall. The dial is made of aluminum with embossed numerals. The […]

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Last updated June 4, 2012

Ingraham “Doric” Shelf Clock

May 2, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Ingraham “Doric” Shelf Clock

Here’s an example of the Ingraham “Doric” shelf clock. Ingraham made this model for years, around the 1860s to 1880s. There is a patent date on the dial pan in which is lightly stamped and unreadable. The lower glass originally had a reverse painting. The movement is 8-day and strikes the hours on a coil […]

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Last updated April 20, 2012

Seth Thomas Electric Chiming Mantel Clock – Simsbury-1 E

April 29, 2012 | By | 6 Replies More
Seth Thomas Electric Chiming Mantel Clock – Simsbury-1 E

This Seth Thomas electric mantel clock plays Westminster chimes each quarter-hour, and strikes the hour. It has 4 chime rods mounted to a case iron base. This clock uses the General Time M4 motor, which was made from 1948 through the early 1960s. The date code 11 49 is on the motor and 4913 is […]

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Last updated April 17, 2012

Seth Thomas Round Top Mantel Clock with 48-R Movement

April 24, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Seth Thomas Round Top Mantel Clock with 48-R Movement

This small round-top Seth Thomas mantel clock uses the no. 48-R round movement, 8-day time and strike with rack and snail striking (so it won’t get out of synchronization). The mahogany case is 10 3/8 inches tall and 7 3/16 inches wide. The white enamel dial has a 4 1/2 inch minute track, and the […]

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Last updated April 16, 2012

Ansonia Long Drop Octagon Clock in Oak Case

April 15, 2012 | By | Reply More
Ansonia Long Drop Octagon Clock in Oak Case

This time-only long drop octagon clock by Ansonia Clock Co., has an oak case 31 3/8 inches tall and 17 1/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 5 9/16 inches long and the paper dial’s minute track is 11 inches outside diameter. The movement is 8-day time only, and it is interesting that the pendulum […]

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Last updated April 14, 2012

Waterbury Tambour Mantel Clock ca. 1920

January 20, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Waterbury Tambour Mantel Clock ca. 1920

This Waterbury tambour mantel clock was made around 1920. The movement plates are steel that have been given a thin brass plating. Brass bushings were inserted in the plates so that the pivots (steel gear shafts) can turn in brass holes as usual (steel on steel would cause severe wear). See more photos. This clock […]

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Last updated January 20, 2012

Seth Thomas Tambour Mantel Clock, Adamantine Finish and Bim-Bam Strike

January 3, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Tambour Mantel Clock, Adamantine Finish and Bim-Bam Strike

This Seth Thomas mantel clock from about 1910 – 1920 has an Adamantine (celluloid) wood-grain finish. The movement is marked “89” and has bim-bam striking on the hour and a single tone strike (the high note only) on the half-hour. The case is 19 7/8  inches wide and 9 1/2 inches tall. The dial is […]

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Last updated January 14, 2012

Ansonia Queen Elizabeth Wall Clock

December 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
Ansonia Queen Elizabeth Wall Clock

I just repaired this Ansonia “Queen Elizabeth” mahogany wall clock. The top piece to the case is not shown in the photo, but the catalog illustration below shows the complete clock. The overall height with the top is 37 inches, and the width is 13 5/8 inches. The dial in this example has a replacement […]

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Last updated December 29, 2011

Waltham Clock Co. Weight Driven Regulator Clock

December 16, 2011 | By | Reply More
Waltham Clock Co. Weight Driven Regulator Clock

This beautiful wall regulator has an oak case that is 37 1/2 inches tall and 18 5/8 inches wide. The painted dial has an oak bezel, and the minute track is 11 inches diameter. The minute hand is 5 11/16 inches from center to tip. The movement has thick brass plates and hard steel pivots. […]

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Last updated April 25, 2012

Seth Thomas “Adele” Adamantine Mantel Clock

October 3, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas “Adele” Adamantine Mantel Clock

The model name of this Adamantine mantel clock is “Adele”. When it was new the case was deep red, but it has faded to red-orange. The clock is 11 1/2 inches tall and 12 1/2 inches wide at the feet. The minute hand is 2 1/8 inches long. The movement is labeled “4 1/2” on […]

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Last updated September 30, 2011

Seth Thomas Sons & Co. Figural Mantel Clock

September 21, 2011 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Sons & Co. Figural Mantel Clock

Seth Thomas Sons & Co. was a division of the Seth Thomas Clock Co. from 1865 to 1879. Their figural clocks such as this one have a round time and strike movement loosely modeled after the round French clock movements. They are very good runners, but have a problem with the gear teeth bending too […]

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Last updated September 13, 2011

Original Hand Retaining Pin for Seth Thomas Antique Clocks

September 15, 2011 | By | Reply More
Original Hand Retaining Pin for Seth Thomas Antique Clocks

It is common to use a tapered pin to secure the hands on American antique clocks. Seth Thomas, however, originally used a straight pin with a pointed end to secure the hands on many of their clocks. Here are photos of the original pins, washers and hands to a Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock made […]

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Last updated September 10, 2011

Plymouth (by Seth Thomas) 1940 Mantel Clock

August 20, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Plymouth (by Seth Thomas) 1940 Mantel Clock

I repaired this modern-styled mantel clock. Seth Thomas made it and sold it under the “Plymouth” name. The movement has two numbers stamped on the back: 11 40 (November 1940) on left rear movement leg; 4506 (the model number) on strike hammer bridge. The case is 8 5/8 inches tall and 12 3/4 inches wide. […]

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Last updated December 22, 2012

Birge, Peck & Co. Eight-Day Column and Cornice Weight Clock

August 16, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Birge, Peck & Co. Eight-Day Column and Cornice Weight Clock

This beautiful clock came into my shop for repair recently. It was made by Birge, Peck & Co., Bristol, Connecticut. The accepted name for this style of clock is “Eight-Day Standard Column and Cornice Clock”. I really like the reverse painted glass tablets in the doors. The middle glass shows “Public Square, New Haven”, and […]

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Last updated August 31, 2011