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Antique American Ingraham Arctic Wall Clock
Antique American Wall Regulator, 100% Original and fully restored. Please read the full description for valuable information. The Arctic Model is made by the Ingraham Clock Co., Bristol, Conn. Clock is circa 1890. Case is 37” long, 15” wide, 4 1/2” deep, the dial diameter is 8 1/2” overall, it measures 7” diameter minute track to minute track. The old REGULATOR Glass is original to the clock. The solid Oak case retains a strong original finish. There is nothing missing, nothing broken and no new wood on the case. The movement has been completely rebuilt and is original to the case. Please note the punch marks around several on the bearing holes. These were done by a previous Amateur clock repair person. New bushing were installed into these areas and then some. These punch marks is not what you want to see in a clock you are considering. See photo of what a properly restored clock movement should look like. The clock is a week duration and chimes the correct number of hours and once at the half hour. This is the best sounding clock I have ever owned in the 35 years as a clock maker. All brass has been polished to a mirror finish and sealed just as it was done over 100 years ago.
The entire case was black with dirt and soot. It took several days of rubbing then waxing to get it to the condition you are viewing. The original dial was restored years ago on the original dial pan. The old paper dial used by Ingraham just did not hold up over the years. This model is the most attractive and desirable clock made by Ingraham. Very well balanced for a Large Victorian Wall Clock. The Arctic is very uncommon, verging on rare, there is very little written information on it and it only appears in some of the older clock books. Luckily I have them. I have only seen a handful of these over the years and this is the only one that still retained the original glass with a Time and Strike Movement .
"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. Both main springs had to be replaced, all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, 12 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.
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