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Lovely, rare antique chain-driven fusee skeleton clock - fully overhauled 10/16

£1,095.00 or Best Offer 13d, 14-Day Returns

Seller: crahanfarm (65) 100%, Location: Westbury, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 112210698420 Foreword This is quite a rare unsigned, chain-driven fusee skeleton timepiece clock, which comes with its stand, a white marble base and its glass cover. Please look carefully at the pictures, as they form an integral part of this auction. AboutThis is quite a large skeleton clock and as it has a chain-driven fusee movement, is almost certain to have been made in the United Kingdom. In all likelihood, it would have been made in London and probably in the late 1800’s or around the turn of the 19th to 20th century. Chain-driven fusee movements tend to be very good time-keepers, as the fusee both controls and equalizes the power delivered by the mainspring throughout the complete rundown cycle. It works much on the same principle as a set of derailleur gears on a bicycle; except that rather having gears, a conical cylinder carries out the gearing on a constantly reducing basis. The fusee cylinder, chain and mainspring can be seen on the pictures. The clock runs for the usual 8 day period and is wound via the arbor on the front of the clock. The movement... was dismantled to component level and the following procedures undertaken: 1. All components cleaned ultrasonically in a horological cleaning solution; washed, rinsed and heater-dried. 2. All wheels, arbors, pinions, leaves and pivots checked for alignment and wear. 3. All pivots polished on hand-operated clockmaker’s lathe. 4. The skeletal movement plates were examined and pivot holes checked for wear – (possible distortion, usually due to mechanical pressure, lack of servicing, or simply age-related wear) – no issue found. 5. Pivot holes pegged out to remove any remaining debris (usually a “paste” of old/dried oil). 6. Mainspring barrel dismantled, spring removed, checked for wear (none found), cleaned, lightly greased and re-assembled. This is the clock’s “muscle”. 7. The chain connecting the mainspring barrel and the fusee cylinder was checked for wear – none found. 8. All components brush-polished with French chalk, re-washed, rinsed, heater-dried and de-greased in isopropyl alcohol. 9. Movement re-assembled - all arbors checked for “end shake”. 10. The chain was installed and the clock rewound. 11. All the sinks were oiled with high-grade Moebius clock oil. The anchor escapement... is the clock’s “heartbeat”, as it manages the power generated by the mainspring through the going train – i.e., it, and the pendulum, control the clock’s timekeeping. 1. Anchor and escape wheel cleaned ultrasonically in horological cleaning fluid. 2. Components brush-polished and de-greased in isopropyl alcohol. 3. Pendulum and rod cleaned. The dial and hands... are all in excellent condition. The face was cleaned back to brass and re-silvered. The black chapter ring and Roman numerals were re-blacked and are now in excellent condition, as are the black steel “spade and poker” hands. Testing... was carried out once the movement was reinstalled into its case and powered. It has now been run for over two weeks without any issues, keeping excellent time. Payment... is acceptable in any form of cleared funds prior to shipment, such as PayPal, bank transfer, cash or personal cheque. Should personal collection or delivery be required, then the transaction must be paid for in cash at the point of collection. Shipping... as this is a heavy clock with a glass case, the clock can either be collected from my premises or, if the buyer is within a 100 mile radius of Westbury, Wiltshire, I will personally deliver and install the clock free of charge, providing no sea crossings are involved, other than by bridges. Otherwise, the buyer would need to organise the transport they require. Conclusion This quite rare, large, heavy, chain-driven fusee and quality skeleton timepiece clock is now in top condition, after having been carefully and professionally overhauled. It will grace any home or make a much-appreciated gift to mark a special occasion. It should be serviced by a clock maker/repairer every five years to maintain optimum performance, as this is the life expectancy of good quality clock oil. A user guide is supplied as is the signed restoration report. Should you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask - I'll be happy to help. Thank you for looking Condition: In excellent condition throughout and comes with its white marble base, a wood stand with blue velvet and glass case. Recently overhauled, it runs as it should and keeps excellent time., Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Type: Mantel, Sub-Type: Chain-driven fusee keleton, Style/ Origin/ Theme: English, Material: Brass, Features: 8-Day

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