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SOLD Original E. N. Welch Antique American Wall Clock
SOLD, 80 other Restored Clocks to choose from, Antique American Wall Clock made by E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. in Forestville Conn. Please read the full description for valuable information. This Regulator is 100% original and completely restored to original factory condition. Circa 1870 to 1880, clock is 39" X 14" X 5 1/2", the diameter of the dial is 8", minute track to minute track 7", completely rebuilt signed movement, see photo of what a properly restored clock movement should look like.
The case is made of solid Walnut with the serial number 2750 stamped into the back of the case, the partial paper label is not very legible but is there. The case was professionally refinished years and years ago. The finish and color of the walnut is uniform and very smooth. The clock retains the original glass with a few of the usual imperfections and is held in with old putty. There have been no alterations from its original state less the restored dial on its original dial pan. Exceptional incising into the walnut case, NO new wood, original top and bottom, unlike many of the Sembrich models where the tops are missing or have been poorly remanufactured. The finish was cleaned and 3 coats of cabinet wax applied. The only negative I could find is a small splinter of wood is missing from the top molding, not real significant considering the rarity of the clock made over 130 years ago. The rebuilt clock movement is signed and original to the case, it is a week duration. The clock chimes the hours with a deep resonating chime. This is by far the best sounding clock I have owned in my 35 year career. A unique feature of this clock is that the pendulum is hung in-front of the mechanism not behind like most of the other Welch clock I have owned.
"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 was refinished, it was done so well in 100 years it won't make a bit of difference. 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, comprised of non-original parts and overall dirty condition.
The clock movement was completely disassembled and cleaned in an Ultra Sonic cleaned, one main spring had to be replaced, all pivots were resurfaced and polished on the Watch Makers lathe, they were very badly scarred due to lack of servicing over the years, 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 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 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 without alteration. The more an item is original the more it is worth. The less original the less it is worth.
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 misrepresentation 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 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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