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Seth Thomas Antique 8 Day Large Column & Cornice Mantel Clock - Beautiful For Sale
This is a SUPERIOR example of a LARGE BEAUTIFUL very old near all original clock.
This is an EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL RARE AND EXCITING ORIGINAL example of a very early Seth Thomas Column and Cornice Mantle Clock. Ladies and gentlemen; THIS IS A CLOCK!!! It's getting extremely hard to fine one this nice! It has a perfect running 8 DAY weight driven time and strike movement. It was made circa 1865. It is an extremely classy mantle clock in need of a warm loving home. This clock is weight driven and not spring driven. Weights keep better time than springs as springs run slightly fast when they are first wound and lose power as they wind down and cause the clock to slow down somewhat before windings. 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 movement is in superior running condition. (After all these years!) Also this clock looks like it was cherished its whole life
This is one of the very early HIGH QUALITY clocks made by Seth Thomas , founder of the Seth Thomas Clock Co. Seth Thomas and Thomas Hoadley were apprentices to the first American Clockmaker to use interchangeable parts. His name was Eli Terry. Eli Terry bought land for his first clock “factory” in 1799. After a few years of working with Eli Terry, Seth Thomas set off on his own and started the famous Seth Thomas Clock Company. His company was in the Seth Thomas family all the way until the 1960s. It flourished so well mainly due to the family making very high quality clocks.
This clock is a perfect example. If the Maytag repairman thinks he’s lonely… This clock is over 150 years old and still going strong! (Made circa the Civil War!) The name Seth Thomas is synonymous with high quality and good taste. Not always the first on the scene with the latest movement "improvement" or flashy case style, Seth Thomas was slow to adopt changes and only when the marketplace had given it acceptance to other companys' breakthrough advances would Seth Thomas slowly and carefully bring their high quality clocks to the marketplace. The results, however, were always the same. When the Seth Thomas clock arrived it was an instant success and it captured the market.
As the years have passed, the quality of Seth Thomas clocks has been proven over and over. They are the best.
In this listing we offer a one of the first Seth Thomas clocks to bear the town of Thomaston on the Label. There have been many attempts to investigate when labels using the town name Thomaston began, changing from Plymouth Hollow. Mr. Willard did extensive research on this subject and the correct answer is January 25, 1865. Seth Thomas died in 1859 and many of the residents of Plymouth Hollow wanted to change the name of their town of Thomaston to honor Mr. Thomas. The original town name was just Plymouth with the first post office using this name opening on January 1, 1803. Plymouth had an area called the "Hollow" which is where Seth Thomas built his factory but the Hollow never had a post office of its own. On December 22, 1831, the town of Plymouth was divided with the name of the one section changed to Terrysville to honor the Terry family who made clocks in that part of town. A new post office in Plymouth Hollow opened on July 7, 1837. After Thomas died Congress and the Connecticut legislature were petitioned to change the name of Plymouth Hollow to Thomaston to honor Thomas. Congress approved the petition before the state did and the post office changed its name on the official records on January 25, 1865. After waiting another ten years the state legislature was again petitioned and Thomaston was officially incorporated in 1875. The first Seth Thomas clocks made with Thomaston on the label were produced in 1865. The movements continued with the name of Plymouth Hollow until the old dies were worn and new ones with Thomaston could be made. According to a statement by a man who worked for Seth Thomas in the Waterbury American newspaper dated February 24, 1868, the first clock with a Thomaston label was made in November of 1865.
This clock is much more beautiful than the pictures. It is very large, heavy and measures 33 inches high, 19 inches wide and 6 inches deep.
This clock works beautifully and keeps GREAT/PERFECT time. The case is beautiful ALL ORIGINAL AND IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION! THE BEAUTIFUL COLUMNS ARE ORIGINAL! It was made by a master craftsman for sure by the quality of the construction. The case is really neat as it has 2 original wavy pieces of glass, the reverse paintings in superior condition. This clock has its original paper label inside which is all still there (rare)! The back is perfect and original with the original pulley covers. The very heavy weights are original! Really runs great.
This clock still has its original dial in superior near perfect condition; it was probably professionally repainted many years ago. Complete with an antique crank to wind the clock and the original pendulum. These antique clocks amaze me - could you imagine any other consumer product still working after nearly 150 years! And the truly amazing thing with proper care they will work easily past the next 200 years!) I believe when this clock is 350 years old it will be just about in its prime!
If you are looking for a very old antique clock that looks like it was cherished its whole life – this is it! The movement looks great and the wood on the case is near perfect – including the original door catches. The clock has its original finish also! The back of the case is original and perfect. Also the original top. Has its original pulleys which guide the cords and the original weights which power the movement. I wonder what Seth Thomas would think if he knew that 150 years later his fine product is still working like new!
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 elite packing department (Donna and Wild Thing) – given a perfect “10” by a gracious customer - to insure a safe delivery and the buyer is to pay $34.50 for shipping and ins. (The clock is large requiring a new oversize box and lots & lots of packing materials) and very heavy – the weights alone weigh 8 pounds each. I will gladly answer any emails promptly. I have always hated that "reserve" when I have offer myself so this fine clock has and a very very low starting offer (gulp). We love these clocks and we’ll be glad to help you set up your clock, or answer questions long after the sale via email.
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…
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Seth Thomas Antique 8 Day Large Column & Cornice Mantel Clock - Beautiful: $456