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

August 21, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More

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 nice label on the back and a date code.IMG_8717


The back of the clock has a date code and a paper label

The label is No. 298A, used on many clocks of this time, and doesn’t indicate the clock’s model number or name. The label gives directions for the clock, and advertises the Seth Thomas pocket watch with movement No. 260.


Left end of label


Center of label


Right end of label

The date code on the back is 1912G, which means July 1912. The letter stands for the month, where A is January, B is February, etc. Many clocks have the year digits stamped in reverse order, but this one has them in forward order for some reason.

Date code 1912 G

Date code 1912G – July 1912

Date code 1912 G

Date code and part of the label

This clock is very similar to the “College Series – New York” shown in Tran Duy Ly’s book “Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements”, but the base and door glass pattern are different. It has an 8-day time and strike movement. The movement model is 89D, 89E or 89F (the letter was stamped several times).

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Job 6242.

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  1. Bill Stoddard says:

    I don’t give values, as they are too variable. You can see what similar clocks are selling for on eBay. For a clock of this type, the repair cost for an overhaul usually exceeds its current market value. Detail of our repair service are on the following web page:

  2. SARAH FLOWERS says:

    I have what appears to be this same clock. The label on the back of mine only has the center portion with the instructions and it says No. 298. Is there a difference between the 298 and the 298A? I know nothing about the clock so I am looking for any information. Is there value to the clock beyond it’s sentimental value?

  3. Bill Stoddard says:

    The method in the video will work in this case also, just repeat it until the striking is correct.

  4. Mary Lou Steines says:

    Bill, I am sorry I wasn’t very clear. The clock is striking the correct hour but does it on the half hour at the 6 position. At the 12 position it only strikes once. So basically it is striking the correct hour a half hour late. Thank you for taking the time to help me. I really appreciate it.

  5. Bill Stoddard says:

    The following video shows how to synchronize an American antique striking clock:

  6. Mary Lou Steines says:

    Bill, thank you. Yes It is an alarm. Now I have a problem. The clock kept good time and chimed correctly until last week. It stopped about 1 minute to the hour. So I wound the clock. It is still keeping good time, but is chiming the hour at the half hour. How can I reset it to chime correctly?

  7. Bill Stoddard says:

    The extra works may be the alarm. The disc in the middle of the dial is for setting the alarm time, turn the disc so that the time you want it to ring is beneath the hour hand.

  8. Mary Lou Steines says:

    I have what appears to be this same clock, same case, same glass, but a different pendulum and additional clock works to the right side of the pendulum. I am wondering if you could give me additional info. I would be happy to supply pictures.

  9. Michael Coulombe says:

    My wife inherited this clock from her father. The clock has a lot of sentimental value and history from her fathers childhood. That being said, we were never provided the key to wind this clock. After several attempts to purchase a key, I have not found one to fit. Can you please let me know what size key fits this clock, and where I might purchase it?

    Thanks for any help you could provide.


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