Antique American chiming wall clock, circa 1875-1880, 100% and in MINT, restored original condition. Please read the full description and detailed restoration performed below. The solid walnut clock was made by the New Haven Clock Co., of New Haven, Conn. This is the Winnipeg Regulator model a very difficult clock to find especially in this condition. The movement is original to the case and was completely rebuilt. See photo of what a properly restored clock movement should look like. The clock is a week duration and chimes once at the half hour and on the hour strikes the correct number of hour. This is a very good sounding clock. The clock keeps excellent time has strong pendulum amplitude; it practically hits both sides of the case within one inch on either side, that is how good it runs. This is the oldest version where the original movement is held in at the top with a wood block and the bottom held in with two screws through the brass feet. The later version of the Winnipeg used a larger pendulum but the side of the case was notched out at the factory to prevent the pendulum from hitting the sides. The solid walnut case retains all six original wood finials, all perfect no breaks or repairs. Quite remarkable, usually finials are the first thing to dislodge and are lost. The clock retains the original enamel paint on zinc dial with 2 small well done touch ups and has been sealed. The brass dial pan is dated Feb 11 1879. The clock also retains the original reverse painted glass, original factory label, two brass hinges, brass door latch, black pendulum stick and 2 1/2” diameter brass pendulum. The case was professionally refinished by the previous collector over 20 years ago. All I did was apply a fresh coat of cabinet wax. NO damage at all to the case, there are two tight shrinkage cracks, one at the top left and other at the bottom in the center. Neither is significant and impossible to photograph, they are mentioned for accuracy. Clock is 35” long, 12” wide at the top, 4 1/2” deep , and 10 1/2” wide at the base. The dial is 6 1/2” diameter overall, 5” diameter minute track to minute track. This is the finest example of a Winnipeg on the market today.
The old 1980’s price guides have disclaimers relative to value, “To receive top value clocks must be in mint original condition and good running order, a replaced dial, missing parts will reduce the price.” The value of this clock in the 80’s was $450. It has increased greatly in value since then. See photos. To purchase with MC or VISA please call Drury House Antiques 802-824-4395 EST
"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. Good Original Restored Antique Clocks have increased in value by leaps and bounds. Where-as non original unrestored clocks have not increase in value and are pretty much the same value they were years ago. 40 years ago it was fronded upon to restore an original dial, refinish the case and a factory label was missing. Now due to the lack of good original clocks these things have become acceptable and will not alter the value.
The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaner. all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, 7 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. Both main springs were too weak to operate the clock properly. These were replaced with brand new springs of the correct length, width and thickness. The clock was cleaned again in the Ultra Sonic cleaner to remove any metal particles, assembled and lubricated with the finest clock oil. 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 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, the Antique Value is diminished to parts only and can not be valued as an Antique.
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. #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. 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 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? 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 and I am here to support you .
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