Seth Thomas Legacy – 2E Electric Westminster Chime Clock

Here’s a beautiful Seth Thomas electric mantel clock I repaired about a year ago. It is a Legacy – 2E with Westminster chime. It has a mahogany case that is 14 1/2 inches tall and 10 3/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 7/8 inches long and the dial’s minute track is 5 3/4 inches outside diameter.

The completed clock.
The completed clock.
The movement after repair
The movement after repair
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Showing back of movement and the chime rods.

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Repair job 6452. This clock has a M4 General Time motor. The motor winds up the mainsprings that run the chime and striking. I replaced 2 gears that were worn out (T4 and T5), polished the pivots, installed 21 bushings and installed a new power cord.

The date code on the label is 5103 (March 1951). The date code on the movement is 5013 (the 13th lunar month of 1950?). The presentation plaque on the from of the clock says Xmas 1951.


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7 comments

  1. You are correct on the date. The battery operated movement is a replacement, these had windup or plugin electric movements when they were new. The antique clock market is way down now, except for very rare clocks.

  2. Hi Bill.

    That’s a beautiful cock you have there! I also have one that seems to be identical to that, except mine is battery powered (I see you say yours has a power cord). The date code on mine is 4904. Would that equate to April of 1949? How does one go about determining the value of these lovely items? And is there a sales channel for antiques like this that I don’t know about (other than eBay etc.)?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.

    ~Todd

  3. This is for initially winding the chime and strike. But it is not needed, as they are wound automatically as the clock runs.

  4. I have one of those Seth Thomas clocks I bought at a thrift store. It runs great. But I noticed a tool or key clipped to the back door of the clock. What is that use for. My clock has the clip but no tool or key.

  5. Mr Stoddard, I also have a Legacy-2E model 703-000 w/date code 5103 that my wife inherited from her aunt. She dearly loves this clock and wants running again. Where do you get parts for this clock? I know for sure the motor needs replacing, and the face has been marred by a previous repair shop and needs replacing also.

  6. I have the Seth Thomas electric clock identical to the one you repaired. Date code 5007. I was wondering if I could get an estimate on the value of this beautiful piece

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