Rosewood Antique American mantel clock, made by the Waterbury Clock Co., Waterbury, Ct. Please read the full description. The Florence model, week duration with hour chime. The clock is 100% original, which includes signed and patent dated movement, enamel on zinc dial, hands, pendulum, both bottom and top glasses. Circa 1874 - 1891, clock is 17" tall, 11 1/2" wide, 4 1/2" deep. The original untouched dial is 5" diameter minute track to minute track, 6" overall. Clock was abandoned by the owner one year after the movement restoration was completed. His loss your gain, You will be paying for the actual repair and movement restoration charge and nothing more See below for the detailed movement restoration preformed. 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 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, 10 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 two main springs were replaced with new ones that was the correct length, width and strength. Several of the gear arbors had double and triple bends, these were trued up an the lathe, Both Click and click springs were replaced with heavy duty clicks, several of the gears were glued on to the arbors, this had to be corrected by hand cleaning the wheels and staking the gears to the arbors. The click wheels on the main winding arbor were chewed up and had to be dressed. The clock now runs with a very strong pendulum amplitude as it should and has been adjusted with in 3 to 4 minutes a week for accuracy. I have better than 75 hours labor in resurrecting the nice clock from the dead. This clock has been run and tested for well over one year 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!
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,
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