Antique Chelsea No. 1 Pendulum Regulator Wall Clock


Antique Chelsea No. 1 Pendulum Regulator Wall Clock

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Antique Chelsea No. 1 Pendulum Regulator Wall Clock:
$720


Antique Chelsea No. 1 Pendulum Regulator Wall Clock

This is an original Chelsea Clock Company weight-driven 8-day pendulum wind-up regulator wall clock. Total height is 34". Dial is 12" enameled metal. Case is probably Oak. What makes these clocks so long lasting and excellent is the simple 'regulator' design. Since it uses a weight, it does not have a sensitive and limited-life spring. Made in the USA.

The Serial Number 65714 is embossed into the mechanism and penciled onto the instruction tag inside the front door of the clock case. Serial number matches on both. The clockworks are also stamped "CHELSEA CLOCK CO. BOSTON, U.S.A.". Based on my research of these clocks and the serial number, it seems that this clock was made between 1905 and 1910.

Also written in pencil across the instruction sheet is what might be someone's name, June 1917, "OK", and a note that looks like "New Pawl". It might be a repair date and description.

A Key is included, I don't know if it is the original. There is an ID tag on the front numbered 3. This clock could have been in a school or government office, which were the most common customers of these clocks.

I am not a clocksmith or carpenter. I therefore tried to do as little as possible to change the condition it was in when I got it. I have left it for you or an expert to clean and oil the mechanism, polish it if you desire, and repair and refinish the wooden case and the pendulum. Although I have described it as best as I could with much detail, and I am willing to try to answer any questions, I must declare that I am selling it AS IS. Please read the entire detailed description.

The wood might have been shellacked or touched up, I cannot tell if the paint is all original or not. I removed the backplate to access the mechanism. I examined and photographed it, removed the weight and pendulum, and secured everything for shipping. I have included every original piece that I found or removed, no matter how tiny. There is even a very small splinter of wood that might just be a splinter, but I included it in case it belongs to the pendulum. I don't think that I have the original screws that held the faceplate on, and I definitely don't have the original nails that held the backplate on. Any wood nails and screws will work and not be visible.

This clock worked fine until recently – see below. Once you repair the pendulum and clean it, oil it, and assemble it properly, it should work just fine again. See details below.

Here are the known issues:

1) The pendulum is broken. The top and bottom are brass, and the shaft is wood. The shaft is hollowed to mount onto the brass end, and that weakened the wood. It broke off around the nails holding it on. I have all of the pieces and it looks like it could be reassembled and glued. Perhaps you might want to also add a brace piece on the back side. Until that happened it ran fine.

2) The knot on edge of weight cable holding it to the mechanism is temporary. Perhaps it should be retied by a professional using whatever type of knot is appropriate. I don't know why the brass cable was untied. Maybe it was once replaced.

3) The two side molding pieces on bottom decorative molding are missing. See photos.

4) The pin that holds the washer in place in front of the minute hand is missing, but really any pin or wire will work.

5) There once probably was a wooden sheet (or maybe glass?) that went behind the pendulum, hiding the weight. It is not there now. The screw holes are there and even some of the screws, but not the partition. (Almost all of these clocks that I have ever seen did not have this either.) This clock has a replacement non-original sheet of plastic.


The clock has already been very carefully wrapped and packed for shipping. The weight is packed separately to avoid damaging the rest of the clock, and will be shipped in a second box (except for international shipment.) The shipment will be sent insured via UPS. If you wish to pick it up in person (in Brooklyn, NY) to save the shipping costs that is fine, but you will still have to pay for the packaging cost, time, and effort that I already invested.

I have another of these same clocks also on at this time. You can compare the pictures and notes to learn more. Buy both to complete your collection, or to accumulate all the spare parts you might ever need!

I have some more pictures but I reached 's maximum. Contact me if you want me to email them to you. Please don't leave your questions for the last hours of the sale, as I may not be able to answer you in time.

On Apr-18-13 at 20:40:40 PDT, seller added the following information:

It has been brought to my attention that is calculating the international shipping very high. I put in an estimated weight and size. I cannot change them now, but I will adjust the cost to the correct amount for the buyer before you pay.


Antique Chelsea No. 1 Pendulum Regulator Wall Clock:
$720

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