Antique Jacobean Mantel Clock, French made for the English market. Clock is 100% original and completely restored. The solid oak case with barley twist columns is a circa 1903 Jacobean case design from a 200 year old period. Clock is 8" tall, 7" wide, 3 1/4" deep. Mint original dial is 3 1/4" diameter. The week duration movement was completely rebuilt as was the original Ruby jewel cylinder platform escapement. Excellent time keeper. The movement was made by Japy Freres, of Beaucourt, France. The back plate is marked Made in France and bears the Japy Freres trademark. NO damage, NO repairs to the solid English oak case. This is another example of a fine desk clock or mantel clock from a fellow clockmaker's estate. See last photo for some others to choose from. Clock comes with attached key and specific set of instructions. The brass dust cover and brass bezel were polished and lacquered. The clock retains the original convex glass crystal. This is a well made clock and priced well below wholesale for a restored clock. See photos.
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SIDE NOTE: To assist you in purchasing a good Antique Clock.
The value of a Antique Clock is directly attributed to RESTORED CONDITION and 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 testaments made are the clock was "Professionally Cleaned." 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.
Questions you need to ask are: 1. Is the clock or watch movement original to the case? 2. What has been replaced ? 3. Has the clock movement been properly restored?
Get all this information in writing!
What the terms such as "Good Running Order", "Running", "Runs Great" generally means are that the clock is not keeping time and probably will not. More than likely 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.
We do things right, I am a clockmaker 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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