Seth Thomas “Wickford” Electric Westminster Chime Tambour Clock, ca. 1930

Seth Thomas Clock Company made many Westminster Chime clocks in the 20th century. Here is a beauty in a tambour case called the “Wickford”, made around 1930. The dial is engraved and silvered brass with applied numerals. The motor is the Sangamo self-starting synchronous motor, a very reliable motor made through the late-1940s.

The case is 20 13/16 inches wide and 10 inches tall. The dial’s minute track is 5 1/2 inches diameter, and the minute hand is 2 13/16 inches from center to tip.

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The motor runs the hands, and winds the strike and chime mainsprings. Slip-clutch (brace) ends on the 2 mainsprings prevent over-winding. The movement is nicely nickel plated.

Repair job 6441. A previous repairer made file marks on the front plate when installing bushings. I polished the pivots and installed 21 bushings. I adjusted the chime mainspring to slip after 7 1/2 turns of winding, and the strike mainspring to slip at 7 turns. I installed new cloth-covered electric cord and a new plug at the end that plugs into the clock.


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2 comments

  1. My wife received a clock about a year ago that belonged to her grandfather,(he passed away about 15yrs. ago ) I have had the clock running but did not know how to set it having no instructions. I got to searching things on the computer and found your site. I understand there is a tool used to set the clock, which we do not have. Would you happen to know where we can locate one? I finally realized I forgot to mention it is a mechtronics planters clock. Any information or help finding one would be greatly appreciated. I have the clock setting and running in my mans cave and really enjoy it, just did not know there was a way to set it. Thank you for your time,and have a great day!

  2. I have purchased a Seth Thomas Tambour Mantel Clock. I have always been attracted to mantel clocks. Presently; I have two. I do not know much on the subject, but wish to learn.

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