Antique French Table Regulator clock Please read the full description, 100% original, completely restored, near mint condition. Retailed by Tiffany New York, imported from Paris, France to New York, NY by Harris and Harrington, “H&H”, between 1880-1919. Movement is marked. Rare porcelain dial with blue Arabic numerals and hand painted garland outlining the numerals. The gold gilt bezel is surrounded with faceted cut brilliants, all are original, matching clear bright and radiant. All are perfect. All four panels of beveled glass are perfect, NO damage, NO cracks, NO Chips. The case was completely disassembled. All 20 pieces were polished to a mirror finish then sealed. The original temperature compensating pendulum was also disassembled to 15 pieces, polished and sealed. Case is 10 3/4” tall, 6 1/2” wide, 4 3/4” deep, has 4” diameter dial. The French movement is original to the case. It has been completely rebuilt and polished. This clock is an excellent value considering the shop restoration to rebuild the movement including two new main springs and restoration of the case is well over $1000. The problem you will have is locating a certified clock maker who is qualified to do the restoration. See detailed restoration performed below. The clock is a week duration. It chimes the correct hours and once at the half hour. Note the perfect original French gilt hands. The clock case is flawless, no dents, no scratches. This Tiffany regulator is accurate to within a few minutes a week. Like all of the clocks listed at Drury House Antiques, they all look good, run accurately and chime correctly, ALL have been professionally restored. See photos. To purchase with MC or VISA please call Drury House Antiques or use Paypal
The old 1980’s price guides for American and European Clocks 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 has increased greatly in value since then. See photos. of what a properly restored clock should look like, Note the highly polished french movement there is no black build up in the pivot holes. To purchase with MC or VISA please call Drury House Antiques or use PAYPAL
"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 .or so the experts say.
The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaner. all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, 6 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, then polished, 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 .
At Drury House Antiques I offer over 80 restored Original Antique Clocks, To purchase with MC or VISA please call Drury House Antiques 802-824-4395 EST or use PAYPAL