Antique French Miniature Boulle Clock , Please read the full description, clock is perfect for a table, mantel, desk or shelf. Made between 1870 - 1890, it is 100% original; dial, hands, movement, fire gilt gold Dore bronze applique and the brass inlay. The brass inlay is perfect, NO damage or repair to the red Tortoiseshell or brass. Clock is 9" high, 6" wide at the base, 3 3/4" deep, with a 3" porcelain dial. Clock is key wound, week duration time piece, with no chime. Unmarked French clock mechanism. The escapement is an attached pendulum, or is referred to as a tic-tac escapement. The clock movement has been restored and keeps time.
See photos of the clock and movement and view a professional restoration. The last photo shows another French Boulle Clock listed for sale. The brass inlay and the Tortoiseshell case is perfect, no damage or repairs. This is real Antique Tortoiseshell. The side and back of the case retains its original ebony finish. There are a few minor nicks on the top of the case which have been touched up. The Dore applique retains its original fire gilt gold, which has been lightly cleaned and resealed. The brass dust cover is original and fits like a glove.
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A SIDE NOTE: To assist you in purchasing a good Antique Clock. The value of an Antique Clock is directly attributed to RESTORED CONDITION & ORIGINALITY. Saying the restoration work was performed and actually performing the restoration work by a knowledgeable clock-maker are two different issues. The vast percentage of old clocks have a great deal of wear and should be completely disassembled for cleaning. This is the only way one can inspect for wear and then eliminate all the friction created by the wear.
The latest common comment made is the clock was "Professionally Cleaned." Simply dunking the clock movement into a can of Carburetor cleaner to wash off the dirt will not eliminate years of wear. Yes, the clock may run for a few months with a healthy dose of WD-40. This is not proper clock servicing. You will be paying for something that you have not received.
Questions you need to ask when purchasing online are:
1. Is the clock or watch movement original to the case?
2. What has been replaced and has the clock movement been properly restored? Request this information in writing. Generalized terms such as "Good Running Order", "Running", "Runs Great" means the clock is not keeping time and probably will not, this also means it has not been properly restored. Therefore, can expect to spend several hundred dollars to have the clock put right.
These few tips will save you some serious problems and money. I am a clock maker with 35+ years experience and sell only 100% Legitimate Antique Clocks in Mint to Excellent Restored condition. We offer some very nice decorative antique clocks with quartz movements. These few pieces are exceptional looking even though the clock movements could not be restored.
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