Dutch Zaandam clock with hand painted face and moon phase dial.
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.
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 or box clock.
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’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.
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.
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.
This is my Seth Thomas world clock. It is a 15-day long drop clock.
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!
A two-weight Gustav Becker wall clock with an engraved face and pendulum.
Gustav Becker, Two Weight. 1800’s.
The weights are replacements, but aren’t they lovely? That’s one thing about being a clock collector and repairman: you end up with a lot of extra parts. When it comes to gears and springs, that’s no big deal. Even pendulums, you can find a long draw for. But weights – Heavens to Betsy! Weights are, well – duh! – heavy!
This clock is a little unusual in that it strikes the hours on a ‘chime rod’ as opposed to a coil gong which was typically used on this type of Vienna wall clock.
This wall clock has a case that is in exceptional condition. Ansonia wall clocks are not common in our collection, but this common design is likeable. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the movement. When I first wound the clock , I was surprised to find that it worked, but the chiming was very erratic. Upon inspection, I found that the movement had been modified and the count wheel had been removed and replaced with a strange wheel with pins added that activated the striking hammer.
Ansonia Oak Regulator Wall Clock B. ca 1890.
I don’t have much info on this E.N. Welch Clock , but my best guess is that it dates from the late 1800’s.
Gallery Clock. 1800’s.
When this one strikes the hour, the sound of the gong is almost drowned out by the noise of the gears clattering as they spin. . . Terrible bloody racket!
The clock is American. You can find an in depth write up about the history of this clock company with the Antique Clock Guys. Other sites will direct you to a history of the New Haven Clock Company which is not accurate. We have a couple of New Haven clocks in our collection; they are much nicer than this one.
I had to replace the face on this Waterbury Clock because the original was beyond repair.
Waterbury Clock. Store Regulator. Late 1800’s.
I used a paper face replacement. The clock is a typical store advertising clock.
Some of these clocks have product names printed on the glass. These were mass produced clocks. As such, the cases and movements are obviously of a much lesser quality than, say, office or school house regulators.
The term ‘advertising clock’ is not germane to this make and model of clock as advertising clocks have been produced throughout the ages in all shapes and sizes. This is a more traditional store clock that may have some sort of advertising on the class. In this case, the generic horological term ‘regulator’ appears.
I came upon this lovely old gothic clock case which probably dates back to the late 1700’s. and had originally decided to find an antique movement for it. That turned out to be a far harder task than I thought it would be.
My Project Clock. 1700’s.
I wanted a weight driven movement because the length of the case suggests that may have been what was there originally. Finding a movement with a pendulum just long enough to show through the glass at the bottom of the case proved to be almost impossible, not to mention a face to fit the case and movement.
My finest Vienna Regulator. A three weight Vienna Regulator dating from approximately 1870.
Three Weight Vienna Regulator
This clock has ‘Grand Sonnerie’ striking. It first chimes the quarter, then the hour. For example, at 6:30, it chimes twice on the quarter then 6 times on the hour. At 9:00, it strikes 4 times on the quarter then nine times on the hour. This feature is also known as blind man’s clock.
The three weights drive the two striking trains and the time train.
I never run this clock for more than a day because the chiming could drive me insane and all the Vienna regulators I own have a very ‘tinny’ sounding chime! Vienna regulators are some of the most beautiful clocks to collect. However, they are also the worst sounding clocks…..the ‘Grand Sonnerie’ is not so grand!!