Antique wall clock made by the Waterbury Clock Co. of Waterbury, Connecticut, circa 1912, clock is 37" by 16 1/2" by 5" with a large original dial measuring 11" minute track to minute track, 12" overall. This Store Regulator is fully restored and completely original. There are a very nice set of labels on the back. This is one of the fancier regulators with original top and base. The signed Waterbury movement was completely rebuilt, ultrasonically cleaned, all pivots resurfaced and polished on the lathe. 6 new bronze bushings were installed into worn pivot holes. The verge was stoned, polished and trued to the escape wheel. New main spring installed. The pendulum has a very strong amplitude. The clock is week duration time piece. The movement is accurate and reliable after my restoration work. This is the degree of restoration that should be preformed on all antique clocks, but unfortunately is not. Leaving the buyer holding the bag for an expensive repair bill.
The case was refinished many years ago. It has simply been cleaned and waxed recently. The strong finish is a nice rich medium brown oak color. The top and bottom glass appear to be original with a little black paint loss on the edges. It is pretty rare to see nice hand done glass still with the clock as opposed to the modern stenciled glass which lacks imperfections. Clock has a very good original dial, original hands, pendulum, beat indicator labels and the movement is original to the case. The top and base are also original the to case. This is a good, honest, reliable antique clock. The Waterbury Book refers to this as the "Crane" Model sold in 1912 for $5.90. See photos.
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To assist you in purchasing a good Antique Clock.The value of a Antique Clock is directly attributed to RESTORED CONDITION & ORIGINALITY. Saying the restoration work was performed and actually performing the restoration work by a knowledgeable clockmaker 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 scam is the clock was "Professionally Cleaned", No Key but keeps perfect time, this means absolutely nothing. Simply dumping 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. ORIGINALITY, If the movement in not original to the case, known as a Marriage, it can not be assigned any Antique Value. The only value that can be assigned is for the sum of the parts for this "UnHoly Marriage".
Questions you need to ask these on-line Bodgers:
1. Is the clock or watch movement original to the case?
2. What has been replaced and has the clock movement been properly restored and get this information in writing. When the terms such as "Good Running Order", "Running", "Runs Great" generally means the clock is not keeping time and probably will not, this also means it has not been properly restored. Therefore, you will need to spend several hundred dollars to have the clock put right. These few tips will save you some serious problems and money.
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