Vintage Howard Miller Eames Era Starburst Spindle Wall Clock Kienzle Movement
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Vintage Howard Miller Eames Era Starburst Spindle Wall Clock Kienzle Movement:
I am not a clock expert and am attempting to represent this vintage Howard Miller clock to the best of my ability. When I got the clock it was very dusty and full of cobwebs. I literallyrescued/retrieved it from a basement out of a deceased long-time clock collector's collection. At the time I purchased the clock I didn't know it was a Howard Miller - I just knew it had a good Mid-Century Modern look, so wanted to buy it to offer on . The clock is NOT perfect, but the flaws it has are fairly minor - in my opinion, and the clock (overall) should out weigh it's flaws ... It is marked on the face of the clock with a metal logo plate: HOWARD MILLER and has a 23" diameter, spindle end to spindle end. The clock is battery operated, but the battery compartment is quite different, and I believe that is due to the fact it is a German Made "works" or housing of the battery and etc. The movement or battery portion of the piece reads: Kienzle (in sort of script writing); 1 Teilstrich; 10 Sek. / Tag; 1.3 bis; 1.5 VOLT. I have placed a double A (AA) battery in the battery space as it is the appropriate lengthand the right hand end of that space has a thumb screw type affair where you tighten the battery in the slot so it makes contact. However, either I am doing it incorrectly, or the works simply are in non-working order. I am unsure of which.... I will tell you I took the clock to my local Radio Shack because I thought it took a different battery than a AA and he got it to work. "I" unfortunately, have not been able to reproduce what he did........ I am sure it is just something simple. I am just not 'clock literate'. The patina on the brass portion of the clock is not 100% perfect, but overall pretty good considering it's age. I have taken a picture to show you the worst area, and it is really not bad at all. There are a few light scratches here and there and the clock still needs a thorough cleaning as it's been in storage for a good long while.As you will see the paint on the hour hand has some flaking, cracking and is chipped. I believe this is due to the fact that the minute hand had been bent so was rubbing against the hour hand. Also - I am fairly certain it is missing the second hand. However, I found at least one website that sells red second hands and I am sure it would be easy to replace. They were very inexpensive-it would be to just determine what length you need to most replicate the original second hand. I do believe the second hand for this clock was originally red in color.Last flaw to call your attention to is one of the ends of the spindles has a small chip out of the wood. I have photographed it to call your attention to that area as well. (The last picture on this page shows both flaws closeup: the chip on the hour hand and the chip on the end of one spindle).To me, the wood spindles seem very dry, so if I were to keep or attempt to restore the clock I would give them a thorough rub down with a wood oil conditioner. That may well slightly darken the color of the small chip so you would barely even notice it. As to the paint issue on the hour hand, that could probably be removed, strip the paint and repaint. (obviously you probably already know all this, but the point I am trying to make is that neither of these flaws should be very significant to remedy.)So to recap ~
1). paint chip on hour hand - needs repainted
2). small chip out of the end of one of the spindles
3). second hand is missing and will need to be replaced
4). clock is being sold "as is" in non-working condition, but I believe it is something very small to get it to workPlease let me know any other questions I have not covered.I can ship the clock for one flat rate to the lower 48 States Federal Express Home Delivery for about $15.00, anywhere else would have to be calculated based on a packed weight of about 5#.This is a five day sale that ends on Friday, June 14th.
I am listing all of my clock sales at $9.99 with . Not because that is all I feel they are worth, but I would rather let the buyers determine the value than to force you to offer or pay more than the actual value ofthe item. Ã‚On Jun-11-13 at 07:21:45 PDT, seller added the following information:In looking for a 24" square box to ship this clock, I realized that the spindles may unscrew from the main portion of the clock. If an expert on this clock wants to advise me if this would a prudent thing to do, or would be acceptable, the shipping costs would be much lower and the packaging for myself would be easier. However, I don't want to do any harm to the clock, so I'll leave that up to the winning buyer's advice at the close of the sale. As I said earlier, if my shipping quote is too high and you pay with Paypal, and then we decided to unscrew the spindles, I will issue a refund via Paypal for the excess shipping. I do not charge handling or packing material fees. Thank you.On Jun-13-13 at 16:38:03 PDT, seller added the following information: I had a friend stop over (a man) who was able to get the battery into the clock properly and it DOES WORK 100%. I am happy to NOW report this is a WORKING Howard Miller clock, so no worries in that regard. Thanks for your interest. Mary