Dutch Zaanse Zaandam clock

Dutch Zaandam clock with hand painted face and moon phase dial.

Zaandam clock


Moon phase clocks work the same as calendar clocks except instead of showing the date, a picture indicating the phases of the moon is displayed. This feature is seen mostly on grandfather clocks.

Zaandam Face

I particularly like the painted face on this clock. The figures on top are typical of this style of Dutch clock. This is an eight day time and strike. It strikes a bell as do most Zaandam clocks. One interesting feature of this clock is that you can remove the lower case that houses the pendulum and display the clock with the pendulum showing. This significantly alters the appearance of the clock.

French Vedette Clock. 1920’s.

French Vedette clock or box clock.

French Vedette Clock. 1920’s.

French Vedette Box Clock. 1920’s.

I have two clocks of this type in my collection. They are both well-made clocks with high quality robust movements. These are not the most attractive clocks to collect. However, they are, by far, two of the best sounding chiming clocks in my collection. They both have the best quality chime rods and when the hammers are set at optimum height the chime and strike sound quality is very good indeed.

Repairing Vedette Clock Springs

I recall that one of the mainsprings had broken on this clock and upon disassembly, I found that the spring had broken at the ‘hole-end’ about 3 inches from the end. As such, I was able to salvage the spring by un-tempering the end and re-fabricating a new hole. Then, after cleaning and oiling, I could refit the original spring.

I recall having a tough time fitting the spring back into the barrel by hand. One tool that I have gotten away without thus far is a main spring winder, at a price of nearly severing my fingers!!

Ansonia Kitchen Clock. American Clock. ca 1890.

Ansonia kitchen clock. 8-day time and strike.

Ansonia Kitchen Clock. ca 1890.

Ansonia Kitchen Clock. ca 1890.

This one is in very good condition; I don’t recall even having to clean the movement. There are no markings on the face, but it looks original.


It is possible that this clock is not Ansonia. I would have to look at the movement to see if it’s marked to be sure. Most clocks like this have faded decals on the glass; this one is in very good condition.

I don’t know why these are so popular, if I’m honest. Why they were so popular, rather. The cases are hideous. I think. I think they are hideous. They still have appeal to collectors of American clocks, though.

Junghans Mantel Clock with Westminster Chime 1. Ca 1900-10.

This is a large, lovely Junghans mantel clock with Westminster Chime.

 Junghans Mantel clock with Westminster Chime

Junghans Mantel Clock.

 Junghans Mantel clock with Westminster Chime

Junghans is an Austrian company that manufactured clocks from 1861 to 1922. This clock is a later example. Junghans is a fairly well-respected name.

Balance Wheels

This one has a pendulum movement; I have seen later Junghans clocks with ‘Balance Wheel’ escapements. I assume they must have been made toward the end of the company’s existence. The examples of Balance Wheel movements that I have seen appeared to be of lesser quality than the pendulum movements. As such, I have avoided collecting them.

The Case

The lines on this case are incredible. We have several Junghans clocks in our collection (see below), but this case is out of this world in terms of shelf appeal. A real charmer. One of our favorites. I’ve noted this before, but usually, we don’t have to do much work to Junghans cases, a testament to how appreciated they are, not only across the clock community, but among the general buying and owning public, as well.

Our Junghans

Waterbury Steeple clock. American mantel clock. 1890s.

Specimens such as this Waterbury Steeple clock are very collectible clocks.

Waterbury Steeple clock 1890’s

Waterbury Steeple clock 1890’s

Steeple clocks come in several sizes and some are very elaborate in their design; this one is a very basic design. Overall this clock is in excellent condition. It has a 30 hour, time-and-strike movement.

Waterbury Clock Company

Waterbury was an American company, out of Connecticut. It would be merged with other clock companies, and the group would eventually become Timex.

The monochromatic decorative inlay on the glass is, thankfully, more subtle than is sometimes found. You may have determined by now, we are not fans of painted glass on clock cases.

Gilbert mantel clock. Differing Strike Mechanisms. 1880’s.

This is a Gilbert mantel clock with oak case.

Gilbert Mantel Clock
Gilbert mantel clock 1880’s

Gilbert mantle clock 1880’s

Bell and Gong

This is an unusual movement in that the clock strikes the half hour on a bell and strikes the hour on a coil gong. I do not have another clock in my collection that strikes in this way.

Pie Crust Design

The face and bezel on this clock are referred to as a ‘pie crust’ design. You may have heard of this technique on vintage and antique furniture such as tables, but it is also a term that is applied in horology, as well.

Store Regulator Calendar Clock. ca 1880.

I’m not sure exactly who made this store regulator calendar clock (possibly Waterbury). I write often that I don’t have many American clocks in my collection, but as I document them, I find I have far more than I realized!

Store Regulator with Calendar. ca 1880.

Store Regulator with Calendar. ca 1880.

I have two calendar clocks in my collection and I am hoping to add a double dial clock to my collection eventually. This clock is in fair condition. It was the first calendar movement I worked on. It is a simple modification driven from the hour tube.

Advertisement Clocks

Many of these clocks have permanent advertisements on the glass, this one has clips around the inside of the glass door indicating that this model used replaceable paper advertisements posted on the inside of the glass….I wish I had some of those old posters.

Calendar clocks (particularly double dials) are very collectable in today’s market.

Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s. Lightweight Time Recorder.

A nice, clean Simplex Time Recorder.

Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s.

Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s.

The first time recorder I added to my collection. This is the smallest of my punch clocks. At 40 lbs., this is a lightweight, considering the fact that some of my other punch clocks weigh-in at almost 90 lbs. Mind you, I have never hung a time recorder on the wall!!

Relationship Building

One reason we love time recorders so much is because of the daily personal relationships we like to imagine hundreds of employees having had with these machines once upon a time. A child can have a fond memory of laying on their grandparents’ living room floor listening to the rhythmic tick tock of a mantel clock and feeling peace. A wife can remember the long, slow gong of the grandfather clock in the hallway the moment she received news on the telephone of her husband’s passing.

But there is something so intensely personal about the day in / day out intimacy between an hourly employee and his time clock. The amount of times it was cursed at the clock in; the amount of times it was kissed on the clock out. What names was it given? Could they be repeated on our family blog!?! It’s fun to imagine these workers, this clock, in its former life.

Click here for Wikipedia info on the Simplex.

Seth Thomas World Clock. ca 1900. 15 day long drop.

This is my Seth Thomas world clock. It is a 15-day long drop clock.

Seth Thomas Long Drop

Seth Thomas Long Drop

The case is rosewood and is in especially good condition. The dial has been professionally restored by ‘The Dial House’. I cleaned the movement, without dismantling it because it appeared to be in good working order.

Some times I will clean open spring clock movements without dismantling them. Perfectionists will never do this because you obviously can’t do a perfect job without taking the movement apart. Sometimes the old adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ creeps into my world of horology!

N. Pomeroy Clock. (Bristol Conn). Eight day shelf clock. 1880’s.

This is a N. Pomeroy Clock, a nice example of a late 19th century American shelf clock out of Bristol, Connecticut.

N. Pomeroy Clock

N. Pomeroy (Bristol Conn) Eight day Shelf Clock. 1880’s.

I don’t know much about this manufacturer, I haven’t seen any other N. Pomeroy clocks at auction.

American Clock and Watch Museum

A mecca for American clock enthusiasts, Bristol, Connecticut, is the home of the American Clock and Watch Museum. Clock museums, obviously, are one of our favorite destinations, but this one is a particular treasure, but more particularly of note, he museum has a vast archive and can help you determine the origin of your favorite vintage or antique clock.