Antique American chiming wall clock. Please Read the full accurate description and view all photos, they are part of our description.
Circa 1873-1881, made by E. N. Welch, Welch Manufacturing Co., Bristol, Conn. It has been meticulously restored to original condition. Clock is 36" long, 12 1/4" wide, 4 1/2" deep. The dial is 6 ½" diameter. Solid walnut case with original removable crown,in many cases was lost or replaced with a non-original piece of wood. Very nice original bottom carving under door, with top and bottom finials. These pieces are usually missing after 130 years. The case was professionally refinished some time ago. The finish has been rubbed out and several coats of cabinet wax have been applied. It is now difficult to tell that the case was refinished because it looks so good. The door has the old original glass held in with putty. There is no damage, dings, or scratches to the case. The week duration signed Welch movement with hour chime was professionally rebuilt. See photo of what a properly restored clock movement should look like. See below for the restoration preformed. The marked Welch movement is original to the case. There are a few large holes in the backboard on either side of the movement. It appears that this is where the clock was bolted to the wall. The outline of the washers are visible. The position of the holes are not from another movement, guaranteed. The original pendulum is not the standard Welch Sandwich glass. It is significantly larger than those used in Welch shelf clocks. This is NOT a new pendulum. The dial has been restored. The smaller size of this style clock was favored by 4 other Connecticut clock makers with just subtle differences but basically the same case, just in different woods. The clock is a week duration and runs accurately and chimes the correct hours on a silver bell. I have run and tested the clock for a 30 day period prior to offering for sale. See photos. This wall clock is the last of 2 identical models I had put away years ago, when you could still find good original examples. This is a very difficult clock to find in any condition.
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"THE FOLLOWING IS THE RESTORATION PERFORMED".
All Brass parts polished 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. This should be of importance to you if you are a serious collector or just want a good reliable original Antique Clock. Most of you would be astounded at the amount of time, labor, technical know how, clock machinery and stock of obsolete clock materials it takes to do this level of restoration and the dollar figure associated with it.
The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaner. all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, 8 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 sinks are 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. The clock was cleaned again in the Ultra Sonic cleaner to remove any metal particles. At this point the movement was polished as it was originally. It was assembled and lubricated with the finest clock oil. One main spring was replaced with the correct American made springs. The main springs that are currently available are made in China and India which are pure rubbish. 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 40 years. As a clock Maker, 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 original finishes and rebuilding the clock movement or preserving the integrity of any type of Antique 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 clock movement is changed for whatever reason, the Antique Value is diminished to parts only and can not be valued as a complete original Antique. This in not just my opinion but a fact. Any good Appraiser or legitimate Antique Clock Dealer would be in total agreement. We are at a point in time where completely original Antique Clocks are very few and far between. In many cases it has been considered acceptable to restore an original dial, replace a clock hand, replace a broken door hinge, replace a broken wood pendulum rod, replace broken glass or repaint reverse painted glass. But NEVER replace an original clock movement.
Polishing the Brass will not alter the Antique Value of a clock if it was that way originally. In some cases it is best not to polish the brass.
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. Especially those that are replacing clock faces with fake advertising dials, especially Rail Road Dials . Also 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 you could see additional holes in the back of the case where the original movement was mounted. if it is shown it does not look like my professionally restored clock movements. #3 The latest deception is that sellers are taking a photo of the movement with a bright flash giving the illusion that the brass movement is clean and bright, but you can still see the dirt and grease around the gear pivots as the penetrate the brass plates. Saying that a clock is running good does not mean it will keep accurate time or even run when you receive it.
Many internet clock sellers claim that they guarantee the clock runs, however when the clock arrives it will not run. 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. WARNING, If not packed properly the shipper will refuse the damage claim. Sound Familiar? I always have the habit of over packing with plenty of fresh materials to insure it arrives in good order. I am always here, unless out fly fishing, to provide assistance and answer questions. I know my clocks intimately and provide lengthy operation and care instructions to my clock buyers. 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 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 with a few exceptions and I am here to support you .
Antique American E. N. Welch Chiming Wall Clock
$1,195 $2,500 SALE