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Antique Seth Thomas Marquetry Mantel Clock 100% Original
Antique Seth Thomas Marquetry Mantel Clock, 100% Original, completely restored. Please read the full description for valuable information. Circa 1906. Size: 13 ¼" Tall, 9 ¼" wide at base, 4 ¼" deep. NO Damage to the beautifully inlaid Mahogany Case, less a few minor nicks in the wood, the bottom of the back right leg had a minor ½" Veneer repair. Clock has strong original finish that has been cleaned and 3 coats of cabinet wax applied. The original porcelain dial and beveled crystal are mint. See photos of what a restored clock movement should look like. The movement is signed and original to the case. The clock is a week duration. It chimes the correct hours and once at the half hour. The chimes are deep and resonant, not tinny sounding like most American clocks.
Please read the Full Description, You May Learn Something New.
This Seth Thomas Touraine Model is nearly impossible to find in such a perfect restored condition. This clock was very expensive in 1906, $25.50 to be exact and not that many were made compared to other mantel clocks by lesser makers.
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, 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, 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 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 it was polished brass to begin with.
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? 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. 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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Joe and Susanne Lyons, Weston, VT
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