See the Canadian Makers section for details about this company set up in Toronto in the early 1930s by Walter Stonkus from Lithuania (arrived 1927). Before WWII, Walter made all of the wood cases for his mantel clocks and put in spring-driven pendulum movements imported from England and Germany. The cases had a walnut veneer finish and a hinged back door.
There were no clocks produced during WWII because overseas movements were not available. After the war, Walter's son Bill joined the company and Walter Clocks was again making their own mantel clocks from the late 1940s into the late 1950s. Most of the cases were now constructed with stained birch wood rather than the more expensive walnut. And Walter had designed the unique removable round back door characteristic of his postwar clocks.
By the late 1950s, when the North American market for mantel clocks started to decline, the company was also importing various types of German clocks (e.g. cuckoo, 400 day, alarm) for sale in Canada. That business continued up to the mid 1960s.
Below are pictures of the mantel clocks currently in the museum's Walter Clocks collection. Included are the typical prewar/postwar company label always found inside the back door, Walter's postwar round back door, the typical postwar pendulum bob, and some of the spring-driven pendulum movements.
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