Seth Thomas Rosewood Adamantine mantel or shelf clock, in MINT condition, 100% original and completely restored. This finish was designed to imitate Rosewood. The original finish absolutely sparkles. Clock case is 19" long, 10 1/2" tall, 6" deep, the 4 1/2" diameter original dial is mint. The marked Seth Thomas movement was professionally rebuilt. See photos showing a properly restored clock movement. The movement was disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned; all pivots were resurfaced and polished on a lathe, 4 new bronze bushings were installed in worn pivot holes. I use the more expensive bronze bushings because they are harder and last twice as long as the soft brass bushings. One main spring was replaced. The verge was stoned and polished, removing years of wear then trued to the escape wheel. All metal to metal wear was eliminated thus reducing friction. This clock has a very strong pendulum amplitude and is not sensitive to balance. I have tested the clock for 30 days and it runs accurately to within 3 minutes a week. The clock chimes the hours with a deep resonate tone and announces the half hour with a single ring on the original bell. A very sweet sound. All brass parts were polished and sealed. Clock has an exceptional label on the inside of the back. The original finish was painstakingly cleaned and waxed. No damage to the surface. Looks as good as the day it was made 100 years ago. There are 2 or 3 pinhead dings in the case, too small to show up on a photo. Had to be mentioned for accuracy This Seth Thomas model is very difficult to find especially in this condition. The clock has its original pendulum and key. All of our clocks come with a detailed set of instructions specific to the clock. See photos.
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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 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.
Questions you need to ask are: Is the clock or watch movement original to the case? What has been replaced and has the clock movement been properly restored? Request this information in writing. When terms such as "Good Running Order", "Running", "Runs Great" but I don't have a key, 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. We have a large selection of professionally restored antique Wall, Mantel, Shelf, Desk and Porcelain clocks listed. I have a good inventory of Tall Case, Long Case or Grandfather Clocks in our shop but not listed on this site.
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