Antique American wall clock by the Waterbury Clock Co., Please read the full description, made in Waterbury, Connecticut, circa 1881, rarely seen "Montreal" model, the clock case and movement are completely original and fully restored. The signed and patent dated (Sept. 22 1874) movement was completely rebuilt to better than new condition and most importantly it is original to the case. See below for detailed restoration that I performed. Also see the photo of what a properly restored movement should look like. Clock is 37" long, 14 1/2" wide, 5 1/2" deep. The original enamel and zinc dial is 7" diameter minute track to minute track and 8 1/2" overall. The clock is completely original which includes the dial, hands, brass pendulum bob, pendulum stick, beat indicator, coil gong, door latch, door glass with imperfections normal for old glass, original wood crown and two carved flanking ears, tail piece and four carved door pieces, four matching finials. Clock and parts are DAMAGE FREE and in near mint restored condition. This is one of the smaller more delicate clocks produced by the Waterbury Clock Co. and one of the prettiest.
The case was taken apart and professionally refinished. The backboard was removed to preserve the Waterbury label on the back. The solid walnut case had 6 coats of finish applied, hand rubbed out between coats and then 3 coats of cabinet wax were applied over a 2 day period. The walnut color is uniform and the surface has a warm soft semi gloss finish, not bright and shiny. The movement is week duration and chimes at each hour. The chime is soft, soothing, deep resonating tone, not too loud and tinny sounding like most American clocks. The clock has been run and tested for 30 days prior to being offered for sale. This is a very accurate clock.
All brass parts were polished to a mirror finish and sealed. The only thing that I know was replaced was the top door hinge. The old one was damage beyond repair, it is included with the clock. This is an exceptional wall regulator from the American Victorian period. In 35 years I have not seen or owned one this complete, this original, or this perfect. The Waterbury Clock Co. made the best designed and best selection of wall clocks. 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, 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 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 2 main springs were replaced with new ones 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. 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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