C1917 Seth Thomas No. 2 Regulator Wall Clock Huge And Rare Antique
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C1917 Seth Thomas No. 2 Regulator Wall Clock Huge And Rare Antique:
This clock is gorgeous. I took it to a clock repair shop and the guy there said it was gorgeous but needs a suspension spring. I'm not a clock person but I acquired this in a storage unit. I have spent a lot of time looking for an oriental case and haven't found one.Therefore this is either extremely rare or someone put the Seth Thomas clock in this custom case. The case is old enough to be original and the detail on the art is immaculate.The dial is in gorgeous condition but weighs a lot and I don't want to keep it on without a good suspension spring. I put a penny to show size.I will ship anywhere but it is going to be costly due to how fragile the piece is. Good luck!
Posted with MobileOn May-11-13 at 09:24:52 PDT, seller added the following information:
Thanks to the great community, I have found out the true identity and information about the clock. Ignore my title, it is wrong. This is a Seth Thomas Regulator No. 17, ca 1884. Red oak case is 68 inches high. There are three key locks on the side, all operational. The large brass beat scale, brass pendulum bob, brass weight, brass dial ring and door locks, are all nice, and polished. The original 14 inches painted metal dial, with seconds dial, is extremely nice for a Seth Thomas dial, particularly one this old.The embellishments were added later by a very skilled artist and can be sanded down and restored to original shape if desired. Ly-Seth Thomas, 2004 Edition, pages 298-299, values this model at $8000-$10,000.To ship this securely may include an additional handling fee to make sure it is packaged correctly and safely. I will only charge what it costs me, but will be taking it to a professional to ship it and insure it.
UPDATE:I had someone reach out that asked I remove the face of the clock. I wasn't confident doing that but they walked me through it. Then I found some writing on the cross beam behind the face! I posted the pictures and will try to decipher it for you. These appear to be dates of repairs, the painting, and of a sale with the name of the artist and one or more of the owners. The gentleman on the phone says that he believes the art is of a samurai. It looks like the artwork they would put on their altar next to their armor. This would include pictures of them tilling the land, growing a bonzai and of their family to show that they are more than just a warrior. Pretty cool, huh?The left side of the beam has a few words I can't make out. Then it says Richard Vagts, December 27, 1917 age 15 and D.J. Hoffmann, clock. I found A Richard Vagts that would have been 15 in 1917, born August 1, 1902 on ancientfaces.com / person/richard-vagts/10301438I can't find anything about a D.J. Hoffman other than an obiturary for an Anna Hoffman in IA that lived 1881 - 1935 and was survived by a D.J. Hoffmann.The right side of the bar has "Clock was repaired after 23 years, (a word I can't make out) bought in 1892 (or 1872) by and a name I can't make out. Underneath the name it has "9.11.13" and a name I can't make out but looks like Maiden Someone. Then it says "Just in (place or face) again, December 27, 1917. I'm going to reopen it and take a high powered flashlight and magnifying glass to try and get the name of the original owner and try to track them down. This is so fascinating, the story behind this clock is awesome. All I know is that this finish and this story make it a one of a kind!Update on shipping. Quotes I have gotten are going to be between $500 and $800 to package and ship this safely depending on where you are in the United States. It will be freighted and crated with insurance for maximum protection.