Antique American wall clock by the Waterbury Clock Co. Please Read the full accurate description and view all photos, they are part of our description. We had 3 of this exact model and this is the last one. I saved the best until last.
This particular clock was made in Waterbury, Connecticut, circa 1881, rarely seen "Montreal" model, the clock case and movement are completely original to each other 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. This Clock and its 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. Most of the time the original crown was lost and replace with something from some other clock or nothing at all. The carved side ears are usually always missing on the few I have seen over the last 40 years.
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. This is the extent of the level of refinishing I do and no one else will spend this amount of time to do it right. 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, with a 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 40 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. We had 3 of this exact model and this is the last one. I saved the best until last.
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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 Wall Clock Made By The Waterbury Clock Co. 100% Original and Fully Restored
$1,295 $2,600 SALE