Antique American wall clock by the William L. Gilbert Clock. Co., of Winsted, Conn. 100% original and completely restored. . Please Read the full accurate description and view all photos, they are part of our description.
The Clock is 34 1/2" long, 4 3/4" deep, 10 1/4" wide at the base, 5" diameter dial minute track to minute track, 6 1/4" overall.
Solid walnut case, original finish that was cleaned and 3 coats of cabinet waxed were applied. The case sparkles like the day it was made in 1870 - 1875. Clock has a perfect label on the back. The old finish was over coated with varnish; I spent a better part of a day removing the top coat of Varnish just to get down to the old original finish. There is one shrinkage crack on the front that has been filled. This was a great deal of extra work just to save the old finish and would have been much easier to strip and refinish the case. But just like old Classic Cars, "they are only original once".
The signed and dated Jan. 11 1870 movement has been completely rebuilt. See below for the restoration that was preformed.The movement was disassembled, Ultrasonically cleaned, All pivots were resurfaced and polished on the lathe, 8 new bronze bushings were installed into worn pivot holes, the escapement was restored then trued. The clock runs accurately for 7 days and chimes at the hour, the correct number of hours. The original Geneva stops or over-wind protectors are in place and functioning correctly. Usually these are removed by inexperienced clock Bodgers. They don't have a clue how they are supposed to function. The clock has been tested for 30 days prior being offered for sale. The accuracy level is within 3 minutes a week. The pendulum amplitude is 5 1/4". This was accomplished by proper restoration not by installing main springs that are too strong for the design of this clock. This amateur technique is to accommodate for the excessive wear and will only result in extensive damage which will not be repairable..
The Original regulator pendulum along with the beautiful Original glass which is held in by old putty is original to the clock. All four finials are original. The bottom one has a small chip out of the tip. Clock retains the original dated dial pan, the dial was restored years ago and done very well. This is a very difficult clock to find, verging on rare. Not many were made and even less survived 135 years. Clock comes with original key marked Wm. L. Gilbert C. Co. This is the Pendant Model. See photos.
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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, 8 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 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 . 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. #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? 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 .
Restored William L. Gilbert Clock Co American Wall Clock Circa 1875 100% Original
$995 $2,500 SALE