F. Kroeber Arctic model Calendar Wall Clock. 100% Original and Completely Restored. Please read the full description and view all 11 photos, as they are part of the description. This exact Kroeber clock is pictured on P 152 in American Clocks by Tran Ly. Kroeber Clock Co., New York, NY began manufacturing some clock cases of his own design and purchase movements from various Connecticut clock companies. They were in business from 1870-1904 in Manhattan, NY. This particular Arctic model The movement was made by E. Ingraham, Bristol, Conn. and retailed by Kroeber New York. The main difference between the Kroeber Arctic and the Ingraham Arctic is the pendulum. Ingraham used a fancy embossed cast metal pendulum whereas Kroeber used the pendulum pictured with this clock. Much information is in the book along with many examples of his clocks. The actual clock size is 36” long, 16” wide, and 4 ½” deep with an 8” diameter dial. Dial has been restored. Solid oak refinished case, has original glass wit imperfections, double labels on the back, see photos. This clock has Kroeber beat scale, original brass pendulum bob, new wood pendulum stick with original hardware, non original key. The marked Ingraham movement that is original to the case. Case is structurally sound with no apparent damage. In 40 years this is the 5th Arctic I have owned. Two from the Ingraham factory and 3 Kroebers with Ingraham movements. The Arctic is not a common clock, verging on rare. The movement is a week duration time piece, no chime. It retains the original calendar mechanism, NOT one of the Chinese screw on replacement ones. This is a simple calendar that does not compensate for the odd day of the month. The date change occurs around midnight. I have completely rebuilt the movement; it was disassembled and cleaned ultrasonically, all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the lathe, every pivot hole has had a new bronze bushing installed. The verge and escape wheel were restored, all metal to metal wear was eliminated, and new main spring (the original polished steel spring could not be trusted.) Movement was cleaned again, assembled, lubricated and tested for 30 days. The brass pendulum and dial bezel were polished to a mirror finish and sealed. This is an exceptional clock in restored condition.
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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, all 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 All 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 . Replacing the glass with newly painted advertising to make the clock appear to be something that it never was. 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. When in this condition it will cost you hundreds of dollars to have the movement rebuilt properly. #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? Yes, rarely a properly packed clock can be damaged, that is why the clock we ship are fully insured. 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 .