Delos Model Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantle Clock, 100% original, completely restored, black and green marbleized Adamantine. Please read the full description and view all of the photos as they are part of the description. Clock is circa 1904, case is 11” tall, 16 ½” long, 7” deep with a 5” diameter original dial. The clock is in mint restored condition. It is flawless, NO damage. The four feet, 2 lion heads and case ornaments retain the original flawless bronze finish, original enamel dial, hands, pendulum, brass Seth Thomas dust cover and label #295. The incising in the black adamantine is flawless. The case was cleaned, polished and waxed. The original finish is mint. This is exactly what it would have looked like in 1904. This clock is an absolute time capsule. The Seth Thomas No. 89C movement was completely rebuilt. I have added a photo of the movement before it was assembled. All of my mechanical clock movements are completely disassembled for cleaning. It is week duration, chimes the correct hours on the hour, and then once on the half hour on a bell. The hour chimes are deep and resonating, not tinny. It sounds amazing. This fine wood case adamantine is one of the best sounding Seth Thomas mantel clocks I have owned. This is a rare opportunity to own a Seth Thomas clock in pristine original restored condition. Looks good, runs good, sounds good and keeps accurate time. Now what more could you expect from a restored Antique clock? This clock would look good in any home. See photos. See the Restoration performed below.
What is Adamantine? Read on……it is a finish to which Seth Thomas held the patent on from 1880 to the late 1920’s. Seth Thomas was the only clock maker to make adamantine clocks, NO EXCEPTIONS. Prior to assembling the wood cases, each piece of wood was coated with glue and a precut piece of Celluloid veneer was placed on the wood. The wood sections were placed in a vacuum, air was withdrawn and the celluloid quickly adhered to the wood. The wood was trimmed and then the case was assembled. This is a very strong and durable finish. The celluloid veneer is much thicker than regular wood veneer. Many of the original Seth Thomas factory labels stated, “The finish is strong and durable, cannot be scratched or dented with normal usage, can be washed or cleaned without harm to the polish.” Seth Thomas was the most credible clock maker of his time and put into writing that this was a quality clock and stood behind it.
All clocks are professionally restored, authenticated and keep accurate time. NO excuses here. We provided operating instructions with our clocks and a KEY or new battery when required.
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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, 4 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 .