Antique American wall clock by the E. N. Welch Mfg. Co., of Forestville, Ct. This clock is 1005 original and completely restored to better that new condition. Circa 1882, clock is 40" long, 15" wide, 5 1/2" deep with a 7" diameter dial minute track to minute track, 8 3/4" overall. The week duration signed movement was completely rebuilt. This is a non-chiming wall clock, with a nice soft tick, perfect even for the bedroom. See below for details of the restoration I performed. See photo of a properly restored movement and what it should look like. .
The solid antique oak case was professionally refinished, six coats of finish were applied, it was rubbed out between coats, and then three coats of cabinet were applied over a 2 day period. The finish is a deep warm semi gloss. There is NO damage to the case, NO new wood. In many instances the tops and bottoms and four side carved pieces are broken off of the case, making it difficult to identify the clock. The very delicate door has internal reinforcements, augmenting the factory construction door design. The door glass appears to be a replacement. Otherwise all other parts are original; movement, hands, back hung pendulum, hinges, brass door latch, the original zinc and brass dial pan with a restored dial. All brass parts were polished to a mirror finish then sealed. Done just at it was 140 years ago. This clock has been run and tested for 30 days prior to being offered for sale. This clock is a very accurate timekeeper. See photos.
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"The Following Is The Restoration Performed"
I am a purest and believe in preserving as much as humanly possible. The Value for Good Antiques is in Originality and Excellent Condition. Not Damaged, Broken, or comprised of non-original parts and overall dirty condition. I take an enormous amount of pride in the restoration work I preform. Generally the consumer has no idea of what in behind the face of the clock. Just because the clock ticks does not necessarily mean you have a good original clock. There is nothing more depressing when your clock stops working shortly after it was purchased and is taken to a clock professional for a physical evaluation only to discover the movement has extensive ware and requires $400 to $600 in repairs. This scenario is quite common and one that I have run into hundreds of times over the years. This definitely leaves a sour taste and you probably won't be buying another Antique Clock. To avoid situations like this, only buy your clocks from a reputable Antique Clock dealer with years of experience in restoration and only from a dealer who puts in writing the condition and the restoration work that was preformed. On-line purchases the dealer should provide detailed photos to include the clock movement. This is what we do and have done for over 35 years.
The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaner. All pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe,5 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 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 Good 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 then 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.
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.
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