Seth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original ConditionSeth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original Condition

Seth Thomas rosewood regulator wall clock, Please read the full description and view all 9 photos they are part of the description. Size: 24” tall, 16” wide and 5” deep, 11 1/2” diameter dial. Signed movement is original to the case, it retains the original Geneva stops. The clock movement was completely rebuilt. See the restoration preformed listed below. This clock is week duration timepiece, No Chimes, has a very strong pendulum amplitude, and keeps excellent time. The original brass bezel, pendulum and hinges were polished and sealed. Still has original reverse painted bottom glass. Retains the Original hands, Pendulum,Dial Pan,Bezel, Signed Movement,Hinges, bottom Door Knob, and has is a very good factory label inside. The clock was made in Thomaston Conn. Circa 1898. The rosewood case was professionally refinished decades ago. It has been lightly cleaned and several coats of wood workers Carnauba wax applied. The grain and finish is spectacular. At the top right side, behind the dial, a small piece of the rosewood is gone. Not significant but had to be mentioned for accuracy, can not be seen when on the wall. This is the only flaw. See Photo. The Seth Thomas Arabic dial was restored on the original zinc dial pan. There were several over-pasted paper dials that had to be removed. It appears that the top bezel glass had been broken years ago and not replaced, as a result the several crusty worn paper dials were in terrible condition. Yes, the top glass has been replaced. Hands are original. Comes with proper fitting old key. This is a railroad grade Seth Thomas even though there is no evidence of railroad use. All Railroad Regulators had to have a bold Arabic dial, never with a roman numeral dial. This was part of the standard setup by Webb Ball back when a standard of time keeping was put in place. Seth Thomas Clocks and Hamilton Pocket Watches were the only time keepers that were recognized for Railroad use. This is not my opinion, this is documented fact. Early rosewood regulators in this condition are almost non existent today. See photo of what a properly restored movement should look like.

Unfortunately there are several R. L. clock sellers with lower grade old American clocks, claiming they are Railroad or Advertising Clocks. For those of us who are knowledgeable collectors and know what we are doing, we can spot these blatant Fakes with dye stamp letters into the case, such as PRR, B&O, and new or enhanced fake dials on a clock that was never designed to be what they are claiming it to be. Example, a bold PRR dial on a square Ingraham wall clock, never happened. Just because a clock has a name on the dial doesn't make it authentic, it may be an old original dial with lettering added and therefore a fake. Original Railroad and Advertising clocks are few and far between and not inexpensive. Buyer beware! Ask questions about what is original and get that information in writing. These are not good honest reputable clock people and even worse clock repairers. Sorry for getting on top of the soap box but this subject and these people really irritate me because they are ripping you off. Enough said, go buy a good restored original clock from a reputable clock maker.

This is another exceptional American clock. See photos. All of my mechanical clocks come with a key and a specific set of instructions. I have always had a preference for Seth Thomas Clocks. Mechanically they were well engineered, constructed with superior brass and steel, wheel work and steel pivots were finely finished. They just don’t wear out like the other Conn. clock makers. This is a good reason why Seth Thomas was the only clock company that was granted contracts to the major railroad companies. The Railroads knew they would continue running and keep perfect time.

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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, 5 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 .

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Seth Thomas Rosewood Wall Clock Restored to Original Condition

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