Antique clock, American made by the Sessions Clock Co. of Forestville, Connecticut, circa 1912. The clock is referred to as a Beehive clock, it is 100% original and has been completely restored. Clock is 13" tall, 9" wide, 4 1/2" deep. The dial diameter is 5". The solid walnut case was professionally refinished; hand rubbed between coats of finish and finally four (4) coats of cabinet wax applied. The finish is smooth and even with a nice luster. It is warm and not shiny. The brass bezel and wonderful back door hinges were polished and lacquered. The clock retains the original dial, decorated with a connecting garland of flowers and swags. The celluloid dial has some age cracks that have been sealed. The original dial is so attractive I could not bring myself to replace it.
There is NO damage to the case, NO cracks, NO dings, NO splits. Still has original four wood block feet.
The clock movement is marked on the front plate under the dial, "Session Clock Co. Forestville Conn." It is a week duration movement, chimes the correct hour on the hour and once on the half hour announced on a bell. The hour chime is deep and resonating, a beautiful sound.
I have completely rebuilt the movement; disassemble and ultrasonically cleaned, all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the lathe, 8 new bronze bushings were installed into worn pivot holes. I use the more expensive bronze bushings simply because they are harder and last twice as long as the softer brass bushings. All metal to metal wear was eliminated, thus reducing as much friction as possible and therefore making the clock reliable for years to come. The escapement was restored to new condition, the verge was stoned and polished, then trued to the escape wheel. The clock now has a very strong pendulum amplitude, resulting in excellent accuracy.
I have run and tested the clock for 30 days prior to being offered for sale. This level and cost of professional restoration far exceeds the sale price. Clock comes with original pendulum and double ended key and set of instructions specific to the operation and care of the clock. See photos
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A SIDE NOTE: 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 "Un-Holy Marriage".
Questions you need to ask these on-line Bodgers, whether it is on Flea-b-a-y or even here on RL, 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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