Sessions Antique Mantle Clock Westminster Chimes Original Beautiful Runs Great
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Sessions Antique Mantle Clock Westminster Chimes Original Beautiful Runs Great:
This is a SUPERIOR example of a Sessions Mantle Clock GREAT 100% ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION with WESTMINSTER CHIMES. This is a rare clock as it has Westminster Chimes, but just two winding holes. This is accomplished by an ingenious movement, great fun to watch it chime and strike – the large silver metal disks revolve and slide in and out as it switches from chime to strike! The movement runs very well and keeps good time. The movement was just cleaned, oiled, pivots polished and bushings added where needed. This clock will not need servicing for many years to come, and is ready for the next 100 years! This is a labor intensive service, with many clockmakers charging 250.00 and up. We recommend having it oiled every 2 to 3 years to keep it in tip-top shape! With the purchase of this clock for an additional $ 2.25 we will include an oiler kit with a professional oiler loaded with enough oil to oil approximately 50 clocks with easy instructions so you could even do it yourself! The finish is original dark mahogany with real burl inlaid wood – the silver dial is original and is in great condition with painted crisp raised numbers, the bezel (metal around the dial) is original, the convex glass is original, the screws holding the dial to the case are original and tight, the movement is original with all original gears and parts, the screws holding the movement in place are original and tight with no extra screw holes, (see picture) all chime rods and hammers are original, the back door is original, has its original label on the back door, (with the original directions for the clock and guarantee) and has a Sessions pendulum and a new double ended key. This clock was made circa1920. It is a BEAUTIFUL condition in need of a warm loving home. It has a signed "Sessions Clock Co" 8 day time and strike movement (see picture) which chimes WESTMINSTER CHIMES on every ¼ hour and strikes the hour on the hour on 5 chime rods with a very beautiful and mellow tone (resonates for several seconds). It chimes 4 times on the 15 minute, 8 times on the half hour, 12 times on the 45 minute and 16 times on the hour – and then counts the hour. If you wake up in the middle of the night you will know what time it is without turning on the lights! The movement runs very well and keeps good time. We have included some pictures of the movement so your could see its inner beauty as well. The dial has a special place where you can set the time to slow and fast using the key –near the number 12 (see picture). This way you don’t need to take the clock down off the mantle in order to make fine adjustments to the movement as to slow and fast. There is also a special place to turn the chimes on and off on the dial – especially nice if you have guests staying over and they are not used to chiming antique clocks. The metal around the dial is original (no extra screw holes) and is solid brass. The clock measures 10 ½ inches high and 22 inches wide and 6 inches deep. This fine clock movement has been completely overhauled and cleaned. The main cause of antique clocks’ no longer working is that they need a good cleaning. Over time, the oil in the pivots gathers dust and particles of metallic grit, the result of normal wear. Also the oil breaks down and becomes thick and gummy, and actually acts like glue. The result is that the gears no longer turn freely, and the clock stops. A good cleaning usually is all the clock needs to be almost like new again! The cleaning procedure involves taking the movement out of the case and totally dismantling the movement. All the gears, rods, etc., are taken off of the clock plates and are hand scrubbed and inspected for wear. The springs are taken out of the barrels, stretched out, and hand cleaned and polished. The plates are thoroughly cleaned. Then all the parts are placed in an ultrasonic cleaning machine for the final cleaning. The pivots are polished on the lathe and the pallets are polished. Bushings are installed on any pivot holes that have become “egg shaped” from wear to make them perfectly round again. The movement is reassembled and oiled. (We use only the finest German Clock Oil). The springs are placed back and greased with top-quality synthetic spring grease and the complete movement is placed on a "running stand" and run for several days to insure all is well. It is easier to detect misalignments, bent rods, and worn pivots and gears while it is running in full view. We like to run the movement for over a week to be sure it will run a full 8 days on one winding, and that everything is well. By that time, any problems will usually show up. The final result is a movement that runs just like new! If you like we will include instructions and hints to keep it that way for the next 100 years (or more!). Google “Antique Clock Repair” or visit billsclockworks.com to see what the going price of an antique clock overhaul costs today! Usually over 350.00 for a time and strike movement and 450.00 for a Westminster Chime Movement.
These antique clocks amaze me - could you imagine any other consumer product still working perfectly after nearly 100 years! And the truly amazing thing it is ready for the next 100 years, and much much more with some TLC. Antique Clocks are a Fine Investment. Each one has a unique quality, as well as appreciating in value and beauty with age. You will become attached to your antique clocks and they will become a meaningful and important part of your life adding untold joy each day you own them. They can be handed down from one generation to another as they increase daily in value. Antique clocks serve many purposes other than being useful in telling time, decorative in your home, a valuable asset in your estate and above all a faithful servant and friend which will be true to you to the end of time. This clock will be packed very very carefully by our expert packing department (my wife, Donna – aided by Wild Thing, master packing kitty) to insure a safe delivery. The buyer is to pay $19.50 for shipping and ins. The clock is quite heavy and will require lots of packing materials to keep it safe. I will gladly answer any emails promptly. I have always hated that reserve when I offer, so this fine clock has and a very very low starting offer (gulp) so to be a real sale. We love these clocks and will be glad to help you set up your new clock, or answer questions long after the sale via email.
We will be at the NAWCC National clock convention at Dayton OH. Going in our vintage Airstream (with all the kitties!) June 29th through August 2nd . This is a great convention. Then we’re planning on visiting Donna’s Sister and brother in law in Conway MO. Then we’re planning on taking a summer vacation camping in Colorado! It looks like we’ll probably not have much internet access during the trip with all the driving, convention activities, and camping in the National Forests. We’ll ship ASAP right after returning. We’ll begin shipping on Monday right after we get back. Sorry for the inconvenience.
We try to describe these clocks as accurately as we can, and include lots of pictures, ( allows 12 maximum) using just about every angle. We go over them thoroughly, and if they're dirty or need overhauling, we clean and overhaul them. Antiques, if they've had normal use, will have age-appropriate wear, which adds character rather than detracting. (WAY TOO much wear will, of course, detract.) Older clocks had to be transported over rough, unpaved roads in horse and buggy, buckboards, and maybe even Conestoga wagons.
We test them out here before shipping and guarantee they will work for you, but due to shipment trauma, (why do some UPS and USPS people feel they have to treat packages so roughly?) there may be small adjustments necessary, which we are glad to help you with. We include several pages of setup/adjustment instructions, help via emails and do phone surgery! In extreme cases we ask folks to send the clock back to us to adjust for them and we return them ASAP at our expense.
We also offer a clock oiler (at our cost, with the purchase of a clock) and instructions for oiling your own clock, should you choose to do that.
Thank you very much for looking. We accept payment in any form you wish to send.
A careful inspection is done each and every time during the packing process by "Wild Thing" Master Packing Kitty
SITE SECURITY PROVIDED BY CJ KITTY (trained watch cat) (always vigilant)
Our Purchasing Department travels throughout the United States searching for the "perfect clock"!
Here's "the family" travelin' to the next clock destination
A Highly Skilled Technician (AKA Wild Thing) checks the movement one last exhausting time to be sure all is right before being carefully placed back in its case.
Some well deserved rest after a long day at the office
Here is our newest addition to the team; "Miss Kitty"! Rescued from the "pound". She specializes in UNpacking and spreading things about. Also enjoys chewing on CJ's tail.
Miss Kitty is getting grown up! She likes to "help" with answering emails. Here she is, after a grueling lesson in "computer 101".
Here is Miss Kitty showing our brand new addition from the pound; "Sweet Pea", the "ins and outs" of packing boxes.
Unfortuniately Sweet Pea has not caught on as yet…
Thank you for looking!
Our courteous, friendly operators are standing by for your questions before and long after the sale closes.