Tiger Oak Wall Clock made by Seth Thomas, Thomaston, Conn., also known as a Regulator or School clock, 100% original and meticulously restored. Circa 1900, clock is 24” long, 16” wide, and 4” deep, with a 12” diameter MINT original Arabic dial. The week duration clock, with time only movement, was completely rebuilt and is original to the case. See below for details of restoration that was performed. The refinished Tiger Oak case is free of any damage. Tiger Oak is also known as Quarter Sawed Oak, rarely used because of the expense. All brass parts were polished to a mirror finish and sealed. Just as it was done 115 years ago. The bold Arabic dial is MINT original with NO touch up to the enamel paint on the zinc dial pan. Seth Thomas Regulator clocks with this dial were only used for industrial purposes; such as railroads, banks, public buildings and offices. These clocks were expensive when new, i.e. $10 as compared to other Connecticut clock companies which cost $1.75 to $3 when new. For this reason these clocks were rarely used in public schools. It is the consensus among clock collectors that Seth Thomas clocks had the best quality movements and cases. For this reason Seth Thomas was chosen exclusively to make clocks for just about all of the major railroads where accuracy was mandatory. This restored wall clock runs accurately for a full week and retains its original Geneva stops or over wind protectors. These Stops were often removed by armature clock repair people who did not understand their function. I have run and tested this clock for 30 days prior to being offered for sale. Drury House Antiques has 80 restored original antique clocks listed, ALL ON SALE. See photos To purchase with MC or VISA please call Drury House 802-824-4395 EST
"The Following Is The Restoration Performed"
All Brass parts polished to a mirror finish and sealed, just as it was done over 100 years ago. I am a purest and believe in preserving as much as humanly possible. The Value for Good Antiques is in Originality and Condition. Not Damaged, Broken, or comprised of non-original parts and overall dirty condition. I take a great deal of pride in the level of restoration preformed.
The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaner. All pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, 6 new bronze bearings were installed into worn pivot holes. I use the more expensive bronze bushings simply because they are harder and last longer than brass bushings. All bushing work in done by hand not with a drill press or bushing machine. This ensures the bushings are the correct size and are installed perpendicular. Once installed the interior of the bushing is polished with a smoothing broach and the oil sink is hand cut into the front of the new bearing, the back side is cut to remove troublesome burrs. All metal to metal wear was eliminated. The verge was hand stoned and polished with a Sapphire file then trued to the escape wheel. Then the clock was cleaned again in the Ultra Sonic cleaner to remove any metal particles, assembled and lubricated with the finest clock oil. The main spring was replaced with a new one that was the correct length, width and strength. The clock now runs with a very strong pendulum amplitude as it should . I run and test my clocks for 30 days prior to being offered for sale. This is what I do and have done for the last 35 years. As a clockmaker, all work is performed to the highest Horological standard.
Basic Information You Should Know! For those of you who are not familiar with the term "Restoration", this simply means cleaning, waxing and repairing a clock or any other Antique back to original condition without alteration. The more an item is original the more it is worth. The less original the less it is worth. If the original mechanical clock movement is not original to the case it is in 90% of the established value is lost. This is fact not an opinion!
Polishing the Brass will not alter the Antique Value of a clock. The original Arabic dial is in untouched condition. The original hands are perfect. The refinished case has 8 coats of finish applied and rubbed out between coats, then 3 coats of cabinet wax was applied. The clock looks and runs like the day it was made.
Not everyone can afford or even appreciate this level of restoration. However, that is no reason to perpetuate the misrepresenting and dishonesty by other clock sellers. There is a perfectly good reason why clock sellers will not show you the clock mechanism. #1 their clock is dirty, badly worn and probably not original to the case. #2 if it is shown it does not look like my clock movements. Saying that a clock is running good does not mean it will keep accurate time.
Many internet clock sellers claim that they guarantee the clock runs, however when the clock arrives and it does not. When the seller is contacted he simply passes the buck to the shipper that it was damaged in shipping and you the buyer should file a insurance claim. This gets him off the hook for selling a clock that was not in good order to begin with. If not packed properly the shipper will refuse the damage claim, Sound Familiar? My properly restored original Antique Clocks will provide years of uninterrupted service and pleasure. Hope this little tidbit of information aids you in making an intelligent decision on what to buy or NOT.
All of my clocks come with a correct fitting key, a set of instructions specific to this clock and the best packing in the business. I expect you to take the clock out of the box and have it up and running in a short time. Over 80 restored Antique Clocks to choose from, to see them all go to any Drury House item and type in CLOCK into the search box.
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