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Antique New Haven Mantle Clock Completely Restored 100% Original
Antique Solid Walnut mantle clock. Please read the full description for valuable information. Clock was made by the New Haven Clock Co., New Haven, Conn. USA. It is completely restored and 100% original. Excellent label on the bottom of the case, HARMONIOUS model. Clock is 20" long, 9 1/2" tall, 4 3/4" deep, the diameter of the dial is 5". The Walnut case has a strong original finish that was cleaned and waxed, some very minor crazing in the finish that has been smoothed out. NO DAMAGE, NOTHING BROKEN, NOTHING MISSING. The movement was completely rebuilt, see photo of what a properly restored movement should look like. The clock is a rack and snail Bim Bam chime on two Silvered metal chime rods. It will chime two different notes for each hour that counts out the correct hour and chimes with one Bim Bam at the Half Hour. A very nice sounding clock. The clock has a very high quality cast brass dial with raised Arabic numerals that are gold plated, also the hands are heavy cast brass. The movement is of a very high quality where both main springs are housed is brass barrels. All of the above are original to the clock. These types of clocks are commonly referred to as Camel Back Clocks, ONE HUMP, or Napoleons Hat. The correct term is Tambour Clock. See item #3953 for another example.
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"The Following is the restoration performed" All Brass parts polished to a mirror finish and sealed, just as it was done over 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 comprised of non-original parts and overall dirty condition. The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaner. All pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, 2 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 verge was hand stoned and polished with a Sapphire file then trued to the escape wheel. Then the clock was 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 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 35 years. As a clockmaker, 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 without 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 will not alter the Antique Value of a clock. 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. 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 internet clock sellers claim that they guarantee the clock runs, however when the clock arrives and it does not. 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. If not packed properly the shipper will refuse the damage claim, Sound Familiar? 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. Over 80 restored Antique Clocks to choose from, to see them all go to any Drury House item and type in CLOCK into the search box.
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