2 Westclox LaSalle 61C clocks combined to make one working clock

Reader EW asked me if I wanted a second Westclox LaSalle 61C alarm clock. Yes, I said, of course. I was advised of the condition of the clock beforehand so there was no surprise when it arrived in the mail.

The important distinction between my clock and the new arrival is that the new one actually works. My LaSalle may have run at one time but not now. I can hear it briefly ticking but once placed on a flat surface it stops. There is not a lot wrong with it but it definitely requires a good cleaning and perhaps some bushing work.

Gee, our old LaSalle ran great….those were the days
                                                         Archie Bunker
Westclox alarm back of clock
Westclox alarm clock; winding keys and adjustments

The Westclox Clock Company is better known for various versions of Big Ben and Baby Ben windup alarm clocks produced from 1900 to the mid 1980s. But there were other windup models one of which is the Art Deco styled LaSalle series. Both of these clocks are the model 61-C (401) otherwise known as a Dura clock because they have nickel-plated, die-cast zinc cases made by The Dura Casting Corporation in the United States. There are 6 models in the LaSalle series and all use the Westclox type 61 Baby Ben, one day movement.

The LaSalle 400 series ran from 1930 to 1934. This is model 61C. The clock measures 3 1/8 inches high. The base is 3 1/4 inches and the depth is 1 3/4 inches.

Inside is a Baby Ben movement. The Baby Ben movement was first marketed in 1910 and first nationally advertised in 1915. The 5-year delay occurred because the company was going through organizational changes and it took 3 years to improve the reliability of the Baby Ben. The patent date on this clock is 1914.

On the bottom of the dial is the inscription “Made by the Western Clock co Peterborough Ontario”. The word “made” can have many meanings and it is assumed that both parts and cases came from the USA and were assembled in the Peterborough plant.

EWs clock with broken time key paddle

EWs clock has a broken crystal, missing winding paddle in the rear, a rough well-worn finish and missing felt feet, but at least it runs.

I can now begin servicing the non-working clock and can use parts from the “newer” clock or replace the movement altogether with the one from EW.

Oh, and about the above quote, the LaSalle was a car, not a clock.


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