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Post# 450057   2/15/2022 at 14:49 (233 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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I swear it will NOT become a 'collection', but.............
There is a beautiful, old Telchron wall clock here. It was in the house when my parents bought the place. I had it serviced. keeps great time.
My sister bought a cuckoo clock in
Switzerland. After she replaced her kitchen, ( a culinary laboratory, high tech, etc..) it no longer 'fit ' there. One Christmas, she gave it to me. It's great in my house.Then a friend gave me a 'Kit Kat" clock, (orange) it.
Now, I have my late aunt's (had a model 70 Convertible) mantle clock: a retirement gift from New York Telephone. I just had the workings replaced, polished, etc. Now, it chimes every quarter hour. I also have a small Waterford crystal and a Lenox china clock. I think I have enough. Although, I would love, someday, to get a 'grandfather clock'. We'll see. I really should never be late for anything.
How does this stuff appear at our homes?

Post# 450067 , Reply# 1   2/16/2022 at 07:52 (233 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Cool question John, again not sure if I collect but there are many! Some very nice, two old and several of the where did they all come from type.

Post# 450077 , Reply# 2   2/16/2022 at 19:50 (232 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
I love clocks, and I collect them I guess

I love mechanical clocks! Besides 13 quartz clocks throughout my home, I have two grandfather clocks including a cable-wound, triple-chime one I built from a kit, three vintage electric alarm clocks, a novelty Statue of Liberty electric clock, a Telechron wall clock in my kitchen, and six mechanical cuckoo clocks, five of which are musical and one I created using commercially-available clock parts and a high-end, three-tune musical movement in a case I designed and scratchbuilt.


One of the quartz clocks is in a custom-made cover for our 1960s Rittenhouse Westminster door chime that came from the factory with a Colonial-style case that doesn't fit our decor.




Post# 450080 , Reply# 3   2/16/2022 at 20:27 (232 days old) by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        
I DO!!!

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In fact, one movie any clock collector must see is "The Time Machine" from 1960. It was a great Sunday afternoon movie I would watch as a child. Set in 1899, the movie begins with George's (Rod Taylor's) impressive clock collection.

Post# 450083 , Reply# 4   2/16/2022 at 21:09 (232 days old) by myvacsrock (USA)        
Does this count?

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Post# 450089 , Reply# 5   2/17/2022 at 07:56 (232 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
If it is a clock,

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and you have it, I would say, "yes".

Post# 450095 , Reply# 6   2/17/2022 at 09:32 (232 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I forgot I have a Hoover clock.

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I was in a vacuum graveyard once and saw a Electrolux one. My friend almost went into cardiac arrest. My famous line: "Put it in the car".

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Post# 450102 , Reply# 7   2/17/2022 at 16:05 (231 days old) by cam2s (Nebraska)        

I love unusual time pieces. Iíve come across some cool, but broken clocks in my years vacuum collecting. Unfortunately Iím not very good at clock repair. I used to have a Haller Anniversary clock that I tried to have fixed at a clock shop, itís MIA now. Iíve always wanted a black Forrest cuckoo, and in fact I do have one. Unfortunately it needs a new movement. Just buying the movement would be about $200. My favorite time piece that worked initially when I got it was my rolling ball clock. It stopped working and Iíve yet to find another working one, at a reasonable price anyways. Iíve attached a few pics of some of the others that I have.

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Post# 450111 , Reply# 8   2/17/2022 at 22:30 (231 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
cam2s, ooh, ouch!

I'm very sorry for you that supply chain issues have driven up the price of replacement movements so much. When I built my 8-day musical cuckoo clock in 2017, a Regula no. 34 movement, which is used in most 8-day musical cuckoo clocks, was about $140. Hopefully down the road the prices will fall again. The situation seems pretty dire right now though - the company I purchased my movement from doesn't have *any* movements at the present. Other online sources I looked at are asking $220-280.


The $200 may seem like a lot, but if yours is a fancy musical clock with multiple animations, replacing its movement is inexpensive compared to the cost of buying such a clock new. My two high-end factory-built musical clocks were about $1400 new in 2016-ish. Yeah that's a LOT of money for a cuckoo clock, but every hobby has high-end products and consumers who are willing to buy them.


Hang in there, and best wishes to you on getting your cuckoo clock working again.






Post# 450114 , Reply# 9   2/18/2022 at 00:09 (231 days old) by cam2s (Nebraska)        

Oh yes well I looked at buying a new cuckoo too, thatís primarily why I was looking for one in the used market. The one I have is a simple one, but even still a new one would be in the $500-$600 range. So yes $200 is a bargain. And cosmetically itís in great condition too, so just got to save my pennies!

Post# 450122 , Reply# 10   2/18/2022 at 09:41 (231 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I am not a clock collector, but I very much enjoy vintage clocks.
The oldest cool one I have is a Westclox Baby Ben from the early 80s - my only good thrift store clock find. I LOVE the phosphorus dial on this thing (in fact I have an obsession with most glow-in-the-dark stuff - always have.) I would love to get more, however I find very few old clocks in thrift stores, despite being on the lookout for them. I bet they get snatched up fast!
However, I hesitate getting anything that has the very old Radium painted dials. After reading the book "The Radium Girls", and knowing how they had suffered, I would rather take no chances.

I had bought a Black Forest 7-day cuckoo clock when the ladyfriend and I were in Germany on our tour of Europe trip in 2005. That was fun taking home in our luggage - clock in carry-on and weights in checked. Security got a charge out ot it, lol...
That clock has been ticking since I had brought it home. It has never been very accurate due to the wood pendulum changing weight as the humidity changes, but is close enough. I have to wind it every 3.5 days due it being above my largest console stereo, so I adjust the time then as needed.

I bought a one-day smaller cuckoo clock at a clock shop in an old TX town in 2012 but do not use it due to constant winding needed. It is mounted on the wall by the back door and constant door use shakes it out of balance anyway so it would often stop. It works great but needed some minor repair when I got it home (the bird fell off inside it).

cam2s - love that light-up text clock - and the ball roller! I have never seen the former before. Sorry to hear about the misfortunes though. If I were in your shoes, I would use those issues as reasons to try to learn more about clock repair. Go slow and easy, and find some cheapos to start out on and practice with. I stepped into that arena with my small cuckoo clock and it was challenging due to small size and delicate parts. I did succeed though.

myvacsrock - Great Premier clock! I now wish i had gotten the Kirby clock that was at my friend's shop a few years back. He just had too big a price tag on it...
He had a neon clock of some sort, too - wish I got it but it was sold fast.

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Post# 450134 , Reply# 11   2/18/2022 at 13:51 (230 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
cam2s, I echo texaskirbyguy's suggestion

In 2016 I bought a few inexpensive cuckoo clocks from eBay that needed repairs. In getting them working again I acquired enough knowledge to build my own.


Attached are a few images of my custom-built clock, from cardboard mock-up to completion. The interior image is before the gong and the components to activate the music were installed. The URL link is for a short YouTube video of the cuckoo calling and the music playing one of the three tunes.


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Post# 450139 , Reply# 12   2/18/2022 at 14:52 (230 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Post# 450140 , Reply# 13   2/18/2022 at 14:52 (230 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I don't like the ones with dead things on them.

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i love that dark wood, too.

Post# 450142 , Reply# 14   2/18/2022 at 15:36 (230 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Eastern time--Daylight savings time--Hoover time---

---Dirt Devil time---Filter Queen time---Electrolux time

Does anyone know what time it really is?

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Post# 450143 , Reply# 15   2/18/2022 at 15:42 (230 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
I've got a couple...

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...that have been in my family for awhile. One is a Seth Thomas wall clock that apparently was connected to the timeclock at my great grandfather's dairy. It has a plate on the front that says "Stromberg Electric Chronograph". The timeclock mechanism is long gone but there is a battery box on top that contains an ancient battery with a 1910 patent date. The unfortunate thing is I've misplaced a couple of pieces since I moved in 2014. There was a little finial that went on the top and another piece that went on the bottom and was constantly falling off. I hope I didn't accidentally chuck them when I was clearing out boxes after my move. The clock was running until the day I left my wife in 2003. It was on the kitchen wall and running but I stopped it and took it off the wall but it hasn't run since.

Another one is a small (five-ish feet tall) grandfather clock that was in my grandparents' living room. It was affectionately referred to as 'grandma' to distinguish it from the larger full size grandfather clock that was in their dining room and is now in my sister's den. Unfortunately, it is not running, either. The weights have been removed, which I think happened after my parents moved it to their house after my grandparents had died. I have no earthly idea how to put the thing back together. I do not know the brand of this clock but it has the legend 'Tempus Fugit' (Time Flies) above the face.

I've also got a Seth Thomas mantel clock that came from my mother's side of the family, which legend maintains was carried west from Massachusetts to Illinois in a covered wagon sometime in the 19th century. Unfortunately, my grandfather got tired of winding it every couple of days and had the mechanism replaced with a newer 8-day movement. It has not run in many years.

I've also got a cute little cathedral shaped Seth Thomas alarm clock that was on my grandmother's bedside table, mostly for decoration. Last time I wound it, it did run but did not keep great time.

Oh, and there's a brass 'anniversary' clock in the china cabinet, which I believe is more contemporary. It has a visible mechanism and sits under a glass dome. It supposedly only needs winding once a year, thus the name. As far as I know, it runs.

Wow, I have more than I first thought.

Post# 450155 , Reply# 16   2/18/2022 at 19:42 (230 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Gottahaveahoove, thanks, and I agree with your sentiment

FYI, there are two types of so-called hunt clocks. The kind you refer to is the "after the hunt" type. Fewer in number but available nonetheless are "before the hunt" clocks. I have a large one, and the pheasant and rabbit figures are right-side up, unbound, and appear very much alive.



Post# 450157 , Reply# 17   2/18/2022 at 19:50 (230 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Rugsucker, nice clocks!

I particularly like the Filter Queen one. It reminds me of the countless round, backlit wall clocks that adorned drug stores, jewelry stores, gas stations, and the list goes on and on.



Post# 450206 , Reply# 18   2/20/2022 at 09:08 (229 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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No antiques here, but I do like the old electric clocks of various styles. I have an old GE alarm clock and a Sunbeam plastic mantle clock with chime.

I also collect some newer digital clocks.

Post# 450223 , Reply# 19   2/21/2022 at 08:24 (228 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
"Does anybody really know what time it is?"

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"Does anybody really care....about time"? Sorry.. HAD to!

Post# 450229 , Reply# 20   2/21/2022 at 12:22 (227 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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My father in law did woodworking and furniture building as a hobby. He also collected, repaired and made clocks as a hobby also. He made himself a giant Grandfathers Clock with the fancy pendulum and glass front, which is my sister in laws now. He made us a chiming wall clock when we got married and made us a Mahogany solid door Grandfathers Clock when we bought our house. he collected coo coo clocks from Germany, to purchase them he would chip carve Santa Clauses every year and sell them. He had over 20 coo coo clocks in his house, plus all kinds of other clocks, mantel, those glass domed kinds, school house. All these clocks were running also. My mother in law always joked she never heard the end of a tv program because these clocks would all start doing their thing every 15 minutes. The first 7 pictures are some of the carvings he did. the others are the clocks he made us. The little hutch is my wife's from when she was little and the glass dishes are hers from back then also. The cradle, table and chairs, and the wood toys on it, he made for my daughter when she was born. He made a lot of the furniture we have. Sadly he passed away in 2017 and now the both clocks need some repairs.

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Post# 450232 , Reply# 21   2/21/2022 at 15:07 (227 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My great aunt had a gorgeous grandfather clock.

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On the night her husband died (in the house... typical deathbed scene), the clock chimed as he died. It was silenced until it was sold. Would LOVE to have that clock!

Post# 450285 , Reply# 22   2/22/2022 at 12:06 (227 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Clock radios anyone?

Well, I guess I was/am a collector of old clock radios, which half belongs to this thread...

I got them more for the radios, but then liked to see the ways the clocks had displayed.
The two or three flip-clock-equiped units were obtained early on in my life, way before I started 'collecting'. I had just saved them for sentimental reasons, and now will not part with them.

One reason behind the madness was that, in the early-mid 80's, I had enjoyed walking into Service Merchandise to play with the radios that were on display. I always liked to find the one that sounded the best. Many of the old ones did sound good, with 3-4" speakers with soft edging and spiders. Panasonic and GE's usually were better. I still hope to find a GE programmable radio some day (not willing to pay ebay prices, though).

I still enjoy messing with these things, and will grab one from the thrift store if it interests me. Each one is disassembled, cleaned/washed, repaired if needed, and dials polished.

A few of my radios can be seen in the lower end of this list that I once maintained...
I have not updated that site for years now, so many items are not shown.

I have about 6-8 more clock radios than what is pictured. If there is enough interest, I will dig them all out and get a group shot.

Post# 450306 , Reply# 23   2/22/2022 at 20:23 (226 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Texaskirbyguy, I'm interested

I've always liked clock radios because they do more than plain radios. I used to have a few, but I sold most of my radio collection some years ago. I would like to see images of yours.



Post# 450307 , Reply# 24   2/22/2022 at 20:25 (226 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Parunner58, I love your father-in-law's work

Very impressive, and the carved figures are fun and very pleasing to look at. Thanks for sharing.



Post# 450318 , Reply# 25   2/23/2022 at 09:14 (226 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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Thanks Joel. He had a whole house full of furniture he made and other carvings. He made a lot of of the furniture we have. I lived most of my life in Easton, PA. My daughter went to IUP in Indiana, PA, and best friend lives in Warren. I wished I would have known you then, would have loved to meet you, see your collection and chat

Post# 450614 , Reply# 26   3/8/2022 at 09:53 (213 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I just unearthed a Hoover clock

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Actually, it was a service gift from Hoover. It'll go on display in June for the VCCC festivities.

Post# 450704 , Reply# 27   3/12/2022 at 11:33 (209 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
One day, though,

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I'd love to put a "Grandfather Clock" out in the entrance hall.

Post# 450742 , Reply# 28   3/14/2022 at 11:00 (207 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Many students were late today.

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They 'forgot' about the clocks!

Post# 450744 , Reply# 29   3/14/2022 at 11:41 (207 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Sounds like their 'smart' devices forgot to adjust the time for them...

Really - how many times have you heard someone say that they do not need separate clocks or clock radios or alarm clocks because they have one in their phone (that is inseparable with them)?
Or they ask some device what time it is, even if they have to yell it from another room, or heaven forbid, have to walk to another room?
I have heard these lines quite often. I think it is silly, but to each their own...

I had to reset about a dozen clocks, but does not bother me.

Post# 450749 , Reply# 30   3/14/2022 at 20:14 (206 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Dumpster clock

Found this little guy in a dumpster at a thrift store I frequent.
It looks like something is missing from it. These shades of blue are my ladyfriend's favorite colors, so she like it a lot.
The little dollhouse bathtub is solid metal, meaning it is quite old.
I am starting to find better things in their dumpster than I do in the store!
I have found lots of other good stuff from there but I will keep those in my Oreck dumpster find thread.

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Post# 450751 , Reply# 31   3/14/2022 at 20:30 (206 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Oh - and here is my dumpster find clock radio from the last week.
Green display on the unit but blue projection on the ceiling.
It is by Homedics and has nature sounds also that actually sound realistic!

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Post# 450907 , Reply# 32   3/19/2022 at 17:57 (201 days old) by cam2s (Nebraska)        

I always thought those projection clocks where cool. Does me no good now, Iím blinder than a bat without my glasses.

Post# 450911 , Reply# 33   3/19/2022 at 21:36 (201 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

cam2s - the projected display is about 8" square so I can even see it across the room without glasses. I can then read the projection when I could not read the display on the unit itself. I like this clock!

Post# 453310 , Reply# 34   6/4/2022 at 07:42 by polkanut69 (Wausau, WI )        

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If you decide to get a "grandfather" type clock but are limited on space consider a "grandmother" clock. A grandmother clock is shorter than a grandfather clock, so it generally measures less than 6 feet 3 inches in height. With a slimmer case and shorter stature, the grandmother clock takes up less space in a room, making it an excellent choice for small rooms, halls, foyers and staircase landings.

Post# 453366 , Reply# 35   6/5/2022 at 17:10 by lektronic (Colorado)        

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I probably SHOULD collect clocks because my sense of time is terrible, haha.
I am definitely drawn to cool and/or weird clocks though, especially mid-century "atomic" looking clocks or early-era digital clocks. I'm definitely lacking in atomic clocks or anything quite as interesting as what you described

A few pictures of the clocks in my life anyway:

  •  1 & 2 ) A Realistic (RadioShack brand) Chronosette 237 - clock/radio/cassette player all-in-one, made around 1987/88. I can't remember if I thrifted this or found it in the trash, but I love the sticker proudly advertising the "Simulated Walnut Grain Vinyl Veneer"
  • 3) A Phillips Smartsleep Wake-up Light (sunrise alarm clock) model HF3520/60. Not my picture, but this model lives in my room and is one of my favorite things. I'm notorious for sleeping through typical alarm clocks.
  • 4) Honey Bear wall clock by FoxKlox that came from my Aunt's house - also not my picture because mine is temporarily off the wall
  • 5) A hand-painted clock by Denver artist Louis Recchia, was a gift from the aforementioned Aunt who had the bear clock. Its pretty, uhm, eclectic, but it brings me a lot of joy. The spot where it lives today doesn't do it justice

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Post# 453418 , Reply# 36   6/6/2022 at 14:43 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Sure like that old Chronosette. They may have not sounded that great but they sure made up for it in looks. Cannot beat the chrome and aluminum colored shine. I spent a lot of my childhood in stores twiddling the knobs of such display stereos.
The more lights and buttons and knobs, the better!

Post# 453450 , Reply# 37   6/7/2022 at 08:30 by maytag142c (Ö.)        

I donít really have the time (pun intended) to get into clock collecting but I will say that I managed to score this grandfather clock Sunday evening out on the side of the road. Everything had to be adjusted and the chains put back on the gears. Once I moved the pendulum it started ticking away. Chiming every 15 minutes on the dot!

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Post# 453488 , Reply# 38   6/7/2022 at 21:04 by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
I see this thread is still active, so . . .

. . . here are images of four of my other cuckoo clocks (I have a total of six.) The traditional carved clocks (images 1 and 3) measure about 30" tall. Maytag142c, I love your grandfather clock! Tomorrow I'll post an image of my two.

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