Antique Seth Thomas Inlaid Balloon Mantel Clock, 100% Original and completely restored to near mint factory condition. You may purchase this 100% original, completely restored Balloon clock for the sale price above. Or you may purchase the identical unrestored, not running, Parma model, number 9734, as seen on the right in photo number 2 for half of the sale price of the restored one. These are the last two of 5 we had for sale. Please Read the full description and view all 9 photos, they are part of our description.
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, one small stable crack at 3, 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, two small shrinkage cracks on the bottom left, see photo. 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. See last photo of other Balloon clocks listed for sale, Sale priced from $295.
At the Drury House Antiques we are offering over 120 Antique Mantle Clocks, Antique Wall Clocks and several assortments of Antique Clock Keys. All clocks are completely original, and professionally restored, Clock movements have been completely rebuilt to factory condition, except when specified. The clock movements are original to the case. If non of this is important to you, we have several Antique Clocks that the movement was beyond repair and have been fitted with a brand new quartz movement, which are selling for a lower price. Also we are now offering a few good original antique clocks that are in running order but have not been mechanically restored. Again these are priced significantly less than a fully restored example. I do have a good selection of 18th and 19th century American and European Tall Case Clocks in our Weston Vt. Antique Brick and Mortar Store. These are too expensive to ship so I have not listed any of them on the web site. You may come by and purchase one and take it home with you. All the Clocks are on sale, Stock up on all the bargains, you are not going to find BETTER for less
This Seth Thomas Parma Model Balloon clock absolutely sparkles. This is the best one and most original of the 5 we had for sale. 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. See below for the restoration that was performed. Not all the Seth Thomas Balloon clocks were inlaid, not all had porcelain dials and not all are in this condition. In 1906 Seth Thomas first introduced a group of six well executed inlaid mantle clocks with porcelain dials and a large round clock mechanism. These clocks ranged in price from $23 to $26 which was very expensive, considering the average price for a mantle clock from other Conn. clock makers was $5. The average American clock buyer could not afford these clocks and for that reason they were only made for a few short years. Another interesting point, Seth Thomas did not make these beautiful inlaid clock cases. The cases were made in Europe more than likely France. Over the last 40 years I have owned each of the six Seth Thomas models countless times and countless times where the clock cases retained the original French round movement. A conversion from the French to the American S.T. cases could not be made. WHY? Quite simply, the Seth Thomas cases had a large diameter opening front and back for the large S.T. movement to fit in. The French cases had a small diameter opening for the movement. They would have passed straight through the S.T. cases. Lastly the French and the S.T. clock cases were finished using the French polish technique. This process was used predominately in Europe and never in the realm of American mass production. This is a long drawn out process that requires a day of drying between coats of finish. I know the process and have used it on many fine Antiques over the years.
This is another exceptional American mantel clock. See photos. All of my mechanical clocks come with a key and a specific set of instructions. I have always had a preference for Seth Thomas Clocks. Mechanically they were well engineered, constructed with superior brass and steel, wheel work and steel pivots were finely finished. They just don’t wear out like the other Conn. clock makers. This is a good reason why Seth Thomas was the only clock company that was granted contracts to the major railroad companies. The Railroads knew they would continue running and keep perfect time.
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.
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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, 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 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 pallets were 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. The main springs that are currently available from clock parts suppliers 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 .
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SOLD Nov. 2019 Antique Mantel Clock Seth Thomas Inlaid Balloon Mantle Clock 100% Original