Antique Seth Thomas Inlaid Balloon Mantel Clock, 100% Original and completely restored to near mint condition. Please Read The Full Description for valuable information. Circa 1906, Size: 12 1/4" tall X 7 1/2" wide X 5 1/2" deep. The 5" diameter porcelain dial is in near mint condition, see photo. The beveled convex glass crystal is free of damage or scratches. The Inlaid Mahogany case retains a strong original finish, No damage to any of the inlay. The case was cleaned and 3 coats of cabinet wax were applied. All brass parts were polished to a mirror finish and sealed, just as it was in 1906. The clock retains the correct cylinder pendulum, which is the only one that the clock can operate correctly with. Any other pendulum used will hit the inside walls of the case and therefore never be able to keep time. I will be adding another Inlaid Balloon clock complete with the original movement. See last photo of other Balloon clocks listed fro sale, Sale priced from $199
This Seth Thomas clock absolutely sparkles. This is the best one I have seen in years. The clock is a week duration and chimes the correct number of hours and once at the half hour. The chimes are a very deep resonating tone, not tinny like most American clocks. The Restored clock movement is signed and is original to the case. See photo of what a professionally restored Clock movement should look like.
Over 80 Antique Clocks to choose from, Wall Clocks, Mantle Clocks, Desk Clocks, Porcelain Clocks and Grandfather Clocks. We are offering a significant number of Antique wall and mantle clocks that the original movements could not be saved and are now fitted with brand new quartz movements. These quality mechanisms are extremely accurate.
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History Behind The Popular Antique Balloon Clocks
The First Hot Air Balloon was launched on Sept. 19th, 1783 by the French Scientist Pilatre De Rozier. Its passengers were farm animals. Two months later the first manned Hot Air Balloon was launched in Paris by the two brothers Joseph & Etienne Montgolfier. Thus the craze for Hot Air Balloons and any item resembling them, which included clocks. The King of France Louis the 14th had the first Balloon clock commissioned. Just about every country that was known for the making of quality clocks, France, Switzerland, Austria, England and the USA began producing Balloon Clocks. Not only are they ecstatically pleasing, it is a clock so very unique and different from any other clock design. To this day they are one of the most sought after by Clock Collectors, myself included. I am now offering several of my personal Balloon Clock collection most of which have not seen the light of day for 40 years.
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, pieced 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, providing that the brass was polished originally.
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. If the item was not properly packed the shipper will refuse the claim. Sound Familiar? 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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