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Stunning And Rare Smiths Antique Art Deco Westminster Chime Mantel Clock, 1958.

£135.33 13 Bids Sold, £5.82 Shipping, 14-Day Returns

Seller: kayesse (775) 100%, Location: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear, Ships to: GB, Item: 282231529995 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITEM IS STRICTLY UK POSTAGE ONLY *** A MODEL CATALOGUED FOR JUST ONE YEAR, 1958, I OFFER FOR SALE WITH A MOVEMENT DATED JUNE OF THAT YEAR, AN ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT SMITHS WESTMINSTER CHIMING MANTEL CLOCK, THE "MINSTER". THIS IS A PARTICULARLY NICE EXAMPLE OF A CLOCK WHICH SELDOM MAKES AN APPEARANCE ON EBAY. IT MUST SURELY RANK AMONG ONE OF THE MORE ATTRACTIVE MODELS OF SMITH'S WESTMINSTER CLOCKS TO BE PRODUCED, AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT A LOSS TO UNDERSTAND THE REASON IT WAS DISCONTINUED SO QUICKLY. THE VENEER OF THIS CLOCK COMES IN A WONDERFUL RICH DARK MAHOGANY AND IS IN ORIGINAL, UNMOLESTED CONDITION. IT IS VIRTUALLY PERFECT WITHOUT ANY OF THE CRAZING NORMALLY FOUND ON AGED SHELLAC FINISHES AFTER FIFTY OR SIXTY YEARS, AND HAS ONLY THE SLIGHTEST OF IMPERFECTIONS ENTIRELY COMMENSURATE WITH ITS AGE. I HAVE DONE NOTHING TO IT EXCEPT TO CLEAN IT THOROUGHLY TO REMOVE A LARGE AMOUNT OF INGRAINED DIRT, THEN GIVING IT SEVERAL COATS OF A HIGH QUALITY CARNAUBA WAX POLISH WHICH HAS PROVIDED IT, AS FAR AS IS POSSIBLE, WITH ITS ORIGINAL GLOSS FINISH. SUCH IS ITS ORIGINALITY, THAT IT STILL RETAINS THE MODEL DENOMINATION LABEL ATTACHED TO THE REAR OF THE CASE, FITTED AT THE FACTORY WHEN IT WAS PRODUCED. WITH AN ARCHED TOP LEADING TO NARROW SHELF LIKE SHOULDERS WHICH PROTRUDE SLIGHTLY, THE SIDES FALL AWAY AT AN ANGLE FINISHING WITH A FLOURISHING INWARD CURVE LEADING TO PLINTH FEET. THE FRONT IS HI-LIGHTED BY A GOLD EMBELLISHMENT RUNNING VERTICALLY FROM THE SHOULDERS, AND THEN HORIZONTALLY ACROSS THE BASE GIVING IT A VERY REGAL APPEARANCE. THE CLOCK HAS A CREAM COLOURED CHAPTER RING WITH RAISED GOLD ARABIC NUMERALS AND INDIVIDUAL MINUTE DIVISIONS. IT IS ENTIRELY ORIGINAL, AND ALL DETAILING IS BOTH PRESENT AND PERFECT. GOLD HANDS COMPLETE THE PICTURE. THE GOLD BEZEL IS AS NEW, SHINY AND UN-PITTED WITHOUT ANY "DROP" WHATSOEVER WHEN OPENED, AND IT IS CORRECTLY HELD TIGHTLY SHUT BY A STRONG CLASP. I REMOVED, STRIPPED AND OVERHAULED THE MOVEMENT IN FEBRUARY 2016 WASHING IT IN AN ULTRASONIC TANK USING THE FINEST HOROLOGICAL FLUIDS INCLUDING TOP QUALITY CLOCK OIL ON REASSEMBLY, AND AT THIS TIME I FITTED THREE BRAND NEW MAINSPRINGS. BY REPLACING THE TIME SIDE SPRING, I AFFORD YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN FROM THE CLOCK THE BEST POSSIBLE TIMEKEEPING. FULL EXAMINATION REVEALED A VERY SLIGHT AMOUNT OF WEAR TO ONLY ONE BUSH ON THE TIME SIDE OF THE BACK, I HAVE REPLACED THIS WITH A NEW BUSHING. IT IS WORTHY OF NOTE THAT WEAR TO THE REMAINDER OF THE MOVEMENT IS TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM, NO OTHER REBUSHING HAS EVER BEEN CARRIED OUT, NONE IS REQUIRED, AND NONE WILL BE NEEDED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. THE ENTIRE CLOCK PRESENTS AS ONE WHICH HAS SEEN LITTLE ACTIVE USE. SINCE OVERHAUL, IT HAS RUN CONTINUOUSLY AND FAULTLESSLY KEEPING EXCELLENT TIME, AND PRESENTING A STRONG AND STEADY TICK. THE CLOCK PROVIDES WESTMINSTER CHIMES AT EVERY QUARTER HOUR ON AN ASCENDING SCALE, AND INCORPORATES AN HOUR COUNT. THE MUSIC CAN BE SILENCED WHEN REQUIRED BY USE OF A SMALL LEVER AT "NINE". AS YOU WOULD EXPECT, THIS VERY ORIGINAL CLOCK WILL BE SUPPLIED WITH ITS ORIGINAL AND ENGRAVED "SMITHS" KEY TOGETHER WITH MY COMPREHENSIVE INSTRUCTION SHEET TO ASSIST YOU IN THE RELATIVELY SIMPLE TASK OF "SETTING UP" AFTER DELIVERY AS WELL AS A COPY OF SMITH'S ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THEIR WESTMINSTER RANGE OF CLOCKS. WHILST THE VAST MAJORITY OF BUYERS ARE ABLE TO MANAGE THE SETTING UP PROCEDURE WITHOUT DIFFICULTY, SOME REQUIRE ASSISTANCE, AND I AM ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO GUIDE THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE PROBLEMS WITH THE PROCEDURE AND HELP THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS. APPROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS ARE; L; 12.5" H; 9.5" D; 5.5". METICULOUSLY PACKED FOR A SAFE ARRIVAL, HOWEVER, AS ALWAYS, PERSONAL COLLECTION IS WELCOMED. THINGS CAN AND DO OCCASIONALLY GO AWRY WITH CLOCKS WHILST IN TRANSIT BECAUSE OF THEIR VERY NATURE, BUT PLEASE REST ASSURED THAT I WILL ALWAYS ASSIST, RECTIFY OR SOLVE DIFFICULTIES OF ANY KIND WHICH MAY ARISE. NO RESERVE, 99p STARTING BID, AND MY PROMISE OF ARRANGEMENTS FOR DISPATCH TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY CLEARED PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. PLEASE NOTE TOO THAT THE QUOTED POSTAGE CHARGE IS EXACTLY THE AMOUNT I PAY THE COURIER AND NOT A PENNY MORE. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE 10% CHARGE LEVIED BY EBAY. I HAVE DESCRIBED THIS CLOCK TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, HOWEVER, BECAUSE ALL OF THE CLOCKS I SELL ARE A MINIMUM OF FIFTY YEARS OLD, IT IS PROBABLE THAT THEY WILL BEAR SOME HONESTY MARKS AND/OR SLIGHT CHIPS OR SCRATCHES WHICH HAVE BEEN ACCRUED OVER THE YEARS. I PROVIDE MANY PHOTOGRAPHS IN A GENUINE ATTEMPT TO ACCURATELY PORTRAY THE CONDITION OF THE CLOCK FOR SALE, SO PLEASE VIEW THEM AS THEY FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF MY DESCRIPTION. WHILST I WILL ALWAYS DRAW ATTENTION TO ANY MAJOR SCARS OR FAULTS, THE CAMERA FLASH INEVITABLY DRAWS ATTENTION TO SUCH DISCREPANCIES, SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK BEFORE BIDDING SHOULD YOU NEED CLARIFICATION REGARDING ANY ISSUES YOU SEE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF ONE OF SMITH'S MORE REGAL OFFERINGS OF A LATE 1950s WESTMINSTER CHIMING CLOCK, FULLY OVERHAULED AS NECESSARY AND THUS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER. ALL MY CLOCKS COME FROM A SMOKE AND PET FREE HOME, AND WILL ARRIVE IN THE CONDITION I WOULD HOPE TO RECEIVE THEM WERE I THE BUYER. Condition: Please see the fully detailed description for this item., Age: Antique, Post-1900, Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Sub-Type: Mantel Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: Art Deco, Material: Mahogany, Features: 8-Day, Clock Sub-Type: Mantel Clock, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Condition: Used

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