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Stunning & Rare Smiths Acoustic Chime Westminster Whittington Mantel Clock 1956.

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Seller: kayesse (774) 100%, Location: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear, Ships to: GB, Item: 282243022727 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITEM IS STRICTLY UK POSTAGE ONLY *** A MODEL CATALOGUED FOR A MERE TWO YEARS, 1956 AND 1957, I OFFER FOR SALE A SMITHS WESTMINSTER WHITTINGTON "ACOUSTIC" DOUBLE CHIME MANTEL CLOCK, THE "St MARGARET". THIS CLOCK DISPLAYS A STENCILED DATE BEHIND THE MOVEMENT OF MARCH 1956, AND A MOVEMENT DATED JANUARY OF THAT YEAR. IT IS INCREDIBLY SCARCE, AND IN ITS DAY, (SAVE PERHAPS FOR THE OFFERINGS OF RICHARD AND TUCKER NUNN), IT WAS PROBABLY AMONG THE MOST EXPENSIVE OF SMITHS CLOCKS AVAILABLE. IT IS ONE OF A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF MODELS PRODUCED WHICH WAS FITTED WITH AN "ACOUSTIC CHIME" WHEREBY A SMALL CHAMBER IS BUILT BENEATH THE CHIME BLOCK CREATING A WONDERFUL SOFT AND MELLOW SOUND TO THE CHIMES, THE LIKES OF WHICH YOU WILL NEVER FIND ON A NORMAL SMITHS CHIMING CLOCK. THIS MODEL MAKES VERY INFREQUENT APPEARANCES ON EBAY SUCH IS ITS RARITY, AND EVEN MORE SO IN THE CONDITION IN WHICH THIS ONE IS PRESENTED. THE VENEER OF THIS CLOCK COMES IN A WONDERFUL RICH FLAME FINISHED WALNUT AND IS IN ORIGINAL CONDITION. IT HAS A SMALL AMOUNT OF CRAZING ON VERY CLOSE INSPECTION IN COMMON WITH THE MAJORITY OF SHELLAC FINISHES SIXTY YEARS ON, SLIGHT DAMAGE TO TWO TINY SLITHERS OF VENEER AND THE MINIMUM OF AGE RELATED NICKS PICKED UP OVER SIXTY YEARS, BUT SAVE FOR THAT IT IS EXCEPTIONAL. I HAVE DONE NOTHING TO IT EXCEPT TO REMOVE SOME INGRAINED DIRT, AND GIVE IT SEVERAL COATS OF A TOP QUALITY CARNAUBA WAX POLISH RETURNING IT, AS FAR AS IS POSSIBLE, TO ITS FORMER GLORY. A GENTLY FLOWING TOP LEADS TO STRAIGHT SIDES WHICH BEND SMOOTHLY IN AT THE BASE. THE SIDES AND THE BASE OF THE FRONT FACING SECTION HAVE A SLIGHT CHAMFER WHICH IS HILIGHTED BY AN INSERT OF A LIGHTER COLOURED VENEER. THE CLOCK STANDS ON LARGE ANGLED FEET WHICH RUN THE FULL DEPTH OF THE CASE GIVING THE CLOCK AN INCREDIBLY MAJESTIC APPEARANCE. WITH A CREAM CHAPTER RING AND GOLD ROMAN NUMERALS, THE INNER EDGE HAS A MATCHING GOLD PENCIL THIN GOLD LINE DRAWN AROUND ITS CIRCUMFERENCE, AND ON THE OUTER EDGE ARE INDIVIDUAL GOLD MINUTE DIVISIONS. THE DIVISION OPPOSITE EVERY NUMERAL IS PRESENTED AS A GOLD INWARD FACING TRIANGLE WITH MATCHING GOLD HANDS COMPLETING THE PICTURE. ALL DETAILING IN RESPECT OF THE CHAPTER RING IS BOTH PRESENT AND PERFECT. THE GOLD BEZEL IS AS NEW, SHINY AND UNPITTED, BUT AS IS USUAL FOR THIS, THE LARGER STYLE, IT HAS A TINY AMOUNT OF "DROP" WHEN OPENED. IT IS HOWEVER, CORRECTLY HELD TIGHTLY SHUT BY A STRONG CLASP. I REMOVED, STRIPPED AND OVERHAULED THE MOVEMENT IN APRIL 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. IT IS WORTHY OF NOTE THAT WEAR ON THE ENTIRE MOVEMENT IS TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM, NO 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 OR WHITTINGTON 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", AND THE TUNE CHANGED BY A SIMILAR LEVER AT "THREE". 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. THS IS A LARGE IMPRESSIVE CLOCK WITH APPROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS OF; L; 13.5" H; 9.75" D; 5.25". 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 LEAST SEEN AND MOST REGAL OFFERINGS OF A 1950s WESTMINSTER/WHITTINGTON 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: Walnut, Features: 8-Day, Clock Sub-Type: Mantel Clock, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Condition: Used

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