Antique clock, French Victorian walnut case with inlay woods, for desk, mantel or shelf clock. Near mint, made by Charles Couet at 5 Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore, a maker of fine carriage clocks. Circa 1870 to 1900. The solid walnut case is finely inlaid with ebony, satinwood and pear wood. The original finish is immaculate. The case has been cleaned and waxed, it now sparkles. No damage or repair to the inlay. The four brass finials and bun feet are original to the case. The movement is a week duration with jeweled platform escapement. The clock has been professionally rebuilt and is accurate to within 3 minutes a week. See photos of what a professionally restored clock should look like. The movement is original to the case as is the porcelain dial, hands, beveled glass crystal, brass bezel, finials and bun feet. Clock is 10 1/2" in length, 8 1/4" tall and 3 3/4" deep, with a 3 1/4" diameter porcelain dial. All brass parts were polished and sealed. Just a few very minor nicks in the original finish. They have been touched up and are undetectable now. This is an excellent antique clock and would be a perfect fit for a narrow or modern fireplace mantle. This clock is another fine example from my personal collection of French Inlaid Clocks. See photos.
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A SIDE NOTE: To assist you in purchasing a good Antique Clock. 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 is 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. An important question to ask is the clock or watch movement original to the case, 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. 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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