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Antique Ansonia Forrest Wall Clock 100% Original And Completely Restored
Antique American Walnut Wall Clock made by the Ansonia Clock Co., Brooklyn, New York. Rare Forrest Model. Please read the full description. This clock is 100 % original and fully restored. Circa 1882-1894. Clock is 41” long, 14 1/2” wide, 4 1/2” Deep, the dial is 8 1/4” diameter, measures 7” diameter minute track to minute track. The Black Walnut case was professionally refinished years ago. I have since cleaned and waxed the case, it looks spectacular. NO Damage, NO New Wood, Nothing Broken, Nothing Missing. The week duration movement was completely rebuilt. The clock chimes the correct number of hours at the hour and once at the half hour. The chime is a very deep resonating sound, very pleasing not tinny like most American Antique clocks. Over the last 35 years I have perfected how to improve the tone quality. The clock retains the original signed movement. See photo of what a properly restored clock movement should look like. Note the letter “ F “ stamped on the front plate of the movement, this is for the Forrest model. This movement is not the standard movement Ansonia used in their clocks. It has a much longer drop. That is why it is stamped with the letter “ F “.
Also the original removable top, heavy brass pendulum, door glass, hands, heavy brass hinges, signed Ansonia gong stand . It does not appear that one single screw was replaced on this clock case. The dial was restored on the original dial pan. All brass was polished to a mirror finish and sealed, just as it was originally. Nice label on the inside of the case. There is a Inlaid burl walnut panel in the back of the case. The two screw holes in the bottom back of the case are for securing the case to the wall. This is an exceptional American Wall Regulator in restored condition.
"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. 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, 11 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. 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. 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.
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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