Antique Seth Thomas Mahogany Mantel Clock with original engraved brass dial. Please Read The Full Description you may learn something new. The Clock is 100% original and fully restored, Circa 1906, Size: 12" tall X 7 ¼" wide X 5" deep with a 5" diameter brass dial. According to the book this clock is a variation of the STRATFORD model in the plain Mahogany Bee Hive Case. The clock case has a very strong original finish that was cleaned and 3 coats of cabinet wax applied. No damage or repair to the wood case, just a few minor rub marks in the finish. All brass parts including the dial were polished to a mirror finish and sealed, looks better than it did 100 years ago. The Beveled convex glass crystal is original to the clock with a few minor scratches in the center, not objectionable. The clock is a week duration and chimes the correct number of hours and once at the half hour. The sound that resonates from this case is very deep and melodic, not tinny like most American Clocks. See the photo of what a professionally restored clock movement should look like. This is a very good looking affordable Antique Clock.
Professional Restoration performed as Follows:
All Brass parts polished to a mirror finish and sealed, just as it was done 100 years ago. As stated previously, the wood case retains a strong original finish. 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 put together with non original parts and overall dirty condition.
The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaner. Main Springs were removed from the barrels, all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, 6 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 sink is 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 Escapement had to be restored, the verge was hand stoned and polished with a Sapphire file then trued to the escape wheel. Then the clock is cleaned again in the Ultra Sonic cleaner to remove any metal particles, assembled and lubricated with the finest clock oil. The clock now runs with a strong pendulum amplitude as it should. I run and test my clocks for 30 days prior to being offered for sale. This is what I do and have done for the last 35 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 and repairing a clock or any other Antique to original condition with out alteration. The more an item is original the more it is worth. The less original the less it is worth.
It is much faster and easier to refinish a Antique Clock, however it severely decreases the Antique Value. As a hard core purest I would much rather spend a few days restoring an original finish and bring it back to its original patina. Polishing the brass does not affect the Antique Value.
Not every one can afford or even appreciate this level of restoration. However, that is no reason to perpetuate the misrepresenting and dishonesty by other clock sellers. 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. #2 if it is shown it does not look like my clock movements. Saying that a clock is running good does not mean it will keep accurate time.
Many of these internet clock sellers claim that they guarantee the clock runs, however when the clock arrives it does not. when you contact the seller 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. Sound Familiar? If an item is not properly packed the shipper will refuse the claim. Properly restored original Antique Clocks will provide years of uninterrupted service and pleasure. Hopes 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.
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