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Vintage Smiths 8-Day Mantle Clock - Completely Restored/Overhauled Condition

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Seller: royce806 (102) 100%, Location: Barrow-upon-Humber, Ships to: GB, Item: 182367548386 Beautiful Vintage Smiths 8-Day Mantle Clock - Completely Restored Condition. Sympathetically and completely renovated and in full working order Back from the dead, this lovely old mantle clock has been the subject of complete restoration work to both the case and movement. It features the original Smiths 8 day, 2 jewel, floating balance movement now in excellent working order and would compliment any period mantlepiece. From 1956 Smiths offered clocks with their new "floating balance" movement invented by Hettich in Germany and licensed to Smiths. This clock dates from this period, the smoother curves of the case moving towards the new flowing style of the 60s from the more angular traditional art deco style of the preceding period. This particular clock was supplied by Tucker Nunn & Grimshaws Ltd, the Smiths main upmarket dealer, shown by the original sale sticker still on the back (see photo). Unusually, the clock's two trains wind from the rear, and the hands are also adjusted with the key. Still remarkably original, the clock measures approx. 22 x 19 x 10cm, and the case is constructed of timber, stained and French polished in dark oak, original silvered brass dial (showing some patina of age), black Roman numerals similar, and with unusual and decorative central engraving. Original ornate black hands (repainted), and original brass bezel and glass complete this eye -catching clock. The back is the original brown paint finish with a well fitting but probably not original chromed catch. As can be seen from the photo, the front of the case had suffered considerable damage and fading; the original French polish had been faded by the sun, blistered and cracked. The whole case front and the left hand edge of the top of the case were completely stripped back to bare wood, stained with top quality dark oak stain to match the rest of the case, and at least eight coats (I lost count!) of new French polish applied. The case was then finished to a lovely shine with genuine beeswax polish. The feet were removed, sanded, stained and French polished to match, and the brass spacers cleaned and polished back to a shine. The brass bezel has been gently cleaned with metal polish, as has the dial - enough to shine it but retain the patina. The Smiths 8 day, 2 jewel, floating balance movement carries the only identifiable markings on the clock - I tried to photograph this with limited success. It has been cleaned with professional clock cleaning solvent to remove all old oil, dirt, dust and tarnish, then the components inspected and adjusted as necessary before reinstallation. These units have a reputation for reliability. The clock was then run on test for about 14 days prior to listing here. It now keeps excellent time with a very reassuring sharp and regular tick, losing only about 2 minutes in the 24 hours prior to needing winding. The clock chimes the half hour with a single mellow gong which is nicely audible but not intrusive, and the appropriate number of strikes on the hour. There is a lever in the back to silence the chime. Bad bits - there is a faint line showing on the top of the case (which doesn't really show on the photos), where the new staining and polishing joints the old. The brass bezel had lost a fixing pin and rather than replace the original bezel, a new steel pin was fabricated and fixed in position with glue. The repair is completely hidden. As all adjustments to the clock are carried out from the back, there is no reason the bezel needs to be disturbed. The minute markings on the top of the dial close to the XI and XII are very faded in places; I left this alone as any attempt to rectify this would have made it worse - I consider this part of the patina of an old clock. Please study the photos carefully as they form part of the description. The clock is offered for sale with a new key, and will come with my written tips for setting up this individual clock for its' proud new owner.Low £10 start and no reserve. Postage by Royal Mail 2nd class, signed for at destination. UK ONLY BIDDERS PLEASE. The clock will be very well packed with all internal parts protected for transit. Thanks for reading - happy bidding! Age: Vintage, Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: English, Material: Timber, Features: 8-Day, Brand: Smiths

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