Seth Thomas Electric Chiming Mantel Clock – Simsbury-1 E

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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 on the label (13th lunar month of 1949?).

The case is 24 inches wide and 8 5/8 inches tall. The minute hand is 2 3/8 inches long.

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Repair job 5690. This clock had run so long without service that almost half of the first chime gear arbor was worn away by the rear pivot hole. Otherwise, it needed lots of pivot polishing, and 10 bushings. In this movement, the motor winds the mainsprings that drive the chime and strike.

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Last updated: April 17, 2012

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  1. Nate Melroy says:

    Hello Mr. Stoddard. I have a Seth thomas simsbury Ie, #4809 in beautiful working condition that i have aquired from a second hand store, for seven dollars and fifty cent. I research this item and it comes up missing. Could you possibly give me an idea of the clocks value, and how i would go about registering this item? Thanks much

  2. Bill Stoddard says:

    The key is needed only when starting the clock for the first time and the chimes are run down. Normally the clock winds the chimes as it runs and you don’t need to wind it.

  3. Sandra Fouts says:

    I have this clock! It was my father’s and has been sitting unplugged for about 20+ years. He told me it didn’t work and his clock repairman couldn’t fix it. I plugged it in 7 days ago; and it works and chimes perfectly! However, I do not know what the key is for? Do I need to wind it? Its electric. Thanks for any info you can offer.

  4. Leslie Kendall says:

    Is the Simsbury-1E (1949) clock for sale? I took my Gpa’s to repair and the man took all the innards, put in new digital stuff, and charged me $80 to boot. I was so furious, I couldn’t speak.
    I’m looking for one to buy for my cousin who has cherished memories of Gpa and hearing this clock in his house.
    I don’t have much money but I could make, say $100 payments, till it is paid for and sent.

  5. Bill Stoddard says:


    I can repair this clock for you. An overhaul will cost around $400 – $450, and it will have a 2 year warranty when finished. While I have it, I can find a key that fits. Details of my repair service are on the following web page:


    Bill Stoddard at Bill’s Clockworks

  6. Bigsarge says:


    I have a clock that looks like the one you have pictured except it is not electric can you tell me anything about it? Like where I can get a key, the year it was made, how to get it repaired if needed.


    Seth Thomas Simsbury ..1 Westminster Chime Clock

  7. carol moore says:

    i have seth thomas electric clock it doesnt work inside of the door it has legacy-2e b-1700 series chime movements with back chime control and also a number dw76oa n/m i would love to get it working again could you tell me anything about it,with all the numbers i gave you ? thank telephone number is 661-619-6382

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