Seth Thomas Antique Rosewood Mantle Clock 1870 100% All Original Runs Great For Sale
This is a BEAUTIFUL example of an early Seth Thomas Rosewood Mantle Clock. It has a rare 8 DAY time and strike movement. 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 retains its original Geneva stops, making it impossible to “over wind”.
It was made circa 1870. This is an extremely classy mantle clock in need of a warm loving home. This clock looks like it was cherished its entire life.
This is one of the early clocks made by Seth Thomas, Seth Thomas Sr. 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 remained in the Seth Thomas family until the 1960s. It flourished so well mainly due to the family making very high quality clocks. (This clock is no exception.)
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.
This clock is much more beautiful than the pictures. It is very unusual and measures 17 inches high, 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep. This clock works beautifully and keeps good time.
The case is extremely beautiful! The case is made of rosewood and is in outstanding condition. The rosewood is 99.99% perfect - rare. Has its original finish. It was made by a master craftsman for sure by the quality of the construction. The dial is quite rare and is original in outstanding condition! The original dials of this era were made of painted zinc and are almost all flaked off by now. I believe they didn’t know how to “prime” the zinc back then. The top and bottom glass is wavy and original, the reverse painting is original and in wonderful condition. The gong is original. Complete with a new American key to wind the clock and THE HEAVY ORIGINAL pendulum (again rare for a clock to have its original pendulum! The paper label inside the case is outstanding. Original hands. These antique clocks amaze me - could you imagine any other consumer product still working after over 130 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 almost perfect. The back of the case is original. Also the original top is perfect and original. I wonder what Seth Thomas would think that nearly 130 years later this fine product is still working like new and for sale on !
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!
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 to insure a safe delivery and the buyer is to pay $19.50 for shipping and ins. (The clock is very very large requiring a double oversize box and lots and lots of packing materials) and very heavy – the weights alone weigh 7 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 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.
We will be going to a clock convention in Chattanooga in our vintage Airstream (with all the kitties!) for a total time away from the 23th of August to the 7th of September. This is one of our favorite conventions – everyone is so great! We are taking our laptop and will be available somewhat to answer questions while on the clock trip – every so often we can find a modem hookup at a campground. Bill and Ms Mopper will be here working somewhat getting things ready for our return. We will ship all the clocks and polish on Monday the 9th and answer all the emails we missed ASAP after returning. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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 Rosewood Mantle Clock 1870 100% All Original Runs Great: $201