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Stunning And Rare Smiths Antique Art Deco Westminster Chime Mantel Clock, 1953.

£107.00 24 Bids Sold, £5.82 Shipping, 14-Day Returns

Seller: kayesse (774) 100%, Location: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear, Ships to: GB, Item: 282231543523 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITEM IS STRICTLY UK POSTAGE ONLY *** A MODEL CATALOGUED FOR ONLY TWO YEARS, 1952 AND 1953, SELDOM SEEN ADVERTISED ON EBAY AND WITH FEW SURVIVING EXAMPLES ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION, I OFFER FOR SALE A SMITHS WESTMINSTER CHIMING MANTEL CLOCK, THE "LEICESTER". THIS CLOCK HAS A MOVEMENT DATED MAY OF 1952. THE VENEER COMES IN A WONDERFUL RICH MEDIUM OAK AND IS IN ORIGINAL, UNMOLESTED CONDITION. I HAVE DONE NOTHING TO IT EXCEPT TO REMOVE SOME INGRAINED DIRT, AND GIVE IT SEVERAL COATS OF HIGH QUALITY CARNAUBA WAX POLISH WHICH HAS RESTORED ITS ORIGINAL FINISH. A ROUNDED TOP GIVES WAY TO HIGH, THOUGH UNUSUALLY NARROW SHOULDERS AND VERTICAL SIDES. THE HIGH SHOULDERS ARE ENHANCED BY FOUR OVERLAPPING LEAF TYPE EMBELLISHMENTS RUNNING DOWN THE FRONT. A FURTHER EMBELLISHMENT RUNS ALONG THE BASE OF THE FRONT FACING SECTION, THIS ONE WITH SCALLOP CARVINGS. THESE ULTIMATELY LEAD TO PLINTH FEET WHICH PROTRUDE AT THE FRONT AND SIDES. THIS IS THE ONLY MODEL OF SMITH'S WESTMINSTER CLOCK TO HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH A SILVER GREY CHAPTER RING MOUNTED ON A FULL CREAM CIRCULAR FACE. THE CHAPTER RING HAS BLACK ARABIC NUMERALS AND THREE PENCIL THIN BLACK LINES DRAWN AROUND IT. BETWEEN THE TWO ON THE OUTER CIRCUMFERENCE ARE HOUSED INDIVIDUAL BLACK MINUTE DIVISIONS. ALL DETAILING IN RESPECT OF THE CHAPTER RING IS BOTH PRESENT AND PERFECT AND MATCHING BLACK HANDS COMPLETE THE PICTURE. PLEASE NOTE THE TINY CHIP TO THE CREAM SECTION OF THE FACE, BUT SAVE FOR THAT, THE REMAINDER IS NEAR PERFECT. THE GOLD BEZEL IS AS NEW, SHINY AND UNPITTED, BUT AGAIN, PLEASE NOTE THAT AS IS VERY COMMON FOR THIS, THE LARGER STYLE, IT HAS A TAD OF "DROP" WHEN OPENED. IT IS HOWEVER, CORRECTLY AND FIRMLY HELD SHUT BY A STRONG CLASP. AS WELL AS BEING VERY SCARCE, THIS IS INDEED, ONE OF THE MORE ATTRACTIVE AND UNUSUAL MODELS FROM THE ENTIRE RANGE OF SMITH'S WESTMINSTER CLOCKS. I REMOVED, STRIPPED AND OVERHAULED THE MOVEMENT IN JUNE OF 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. CLOSE INSPECTION REVEALED WEAR TO FOUR BUSHES ON THE BACK PLATE, AND ONE ON THE FRONT PLATE. IN TOTAL, THERE WERE TWO TO THE CHIME SIDE, ONE TO THE STRIKE AND TWO TO THE TIME SIDE OF THE MOVEMENT. ALL WEAR HAS BEEN ELIMINATED BY WAY OF REPLACEMENT BUSHINGS AND IT IS NOW IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. 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 ENFIELD" 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. METICULOUSLY PACKED FOR A SAFE ARRIVAL, HOWEVER, AS ALWAYS, PERSONAL COLLECTION IS WELCOMED. APPROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS ARE; L; 12" H; 9.5" D; 5.5". 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 A VERY SELDOM SEEN EARLY 1950s SMITHS 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: Medium Oak, Features: 8-Day, Clock Sub-Type: Mantel Clock, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Condition: Used

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