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Beautiful, large antique French 4 glass striking clock - fully overhauled 10/16

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Seller: crahanfarm (71) 100%, Location: Westbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 112212836274 Foreword This is a fine, large, heavy, 8 day, antique French 4 glass, bell-striking mantel clock which has just been completely overhauled. Please look carefully at the pictures and video, as they both form an integral part of this auction. The video can be seen by clicking on the following link: Video of this clock. About The height of this clock is 12” or 30.5 cms., making it one of the larger examples of this style of 8 day, French, 4 glass clocks. It has a visible Brocot, or “pin pallet” escapement and the movement is of the “drum” variety. It bears a serial number of 4861. The strike movement is the classic “rack and snail” rather than a countwheel. It also has a compensated (and an extremely clean) twin-tube compensating mercury pendulum. It comes with a correctly fitting winding key and a further key for adjusting the brockle (fine time-keeping adjustment). The clock strikes once on the half-hour and the number of hours on the hour by the hammer striking a bell, which is mounted on the movement’s back-plate. The face is of the classic white enamel construction. The Roman numerals, chapter ring and minute marker batons are all in excellent condition, as are the blued-steel Breguet (or moon) hands. There is a slight hairline crack to the back-plate portion of the dial face and is mentioned for the sake of accuracy. Due to the size, use of good quality brass and thick glass, this is a heavy clock - see “Statistics” below: Statistics: · Width - including base platform – 17.8 cms. · Depth - including base platform – 14 cms. · Height - including base platform – 30.5 cms. (12”). · Weight –5.2Kgs., or, 11lbs 6ozs. The movement... is number-stamped as follows: · 4861 – back of back plate – top left-hand area when viewed from the back. · 61– inside both mainspring and strike barrels and their caps. The movement was dismantled to component level and the following procedures carried out to both the time and strike movements: 1. All components cleaned ultrasonically in a horological cleaning solution; washed, rinsed and heater-dried. 2. All wheels, arbors, leaves, levers, springs, rack, snail, pinions and pivots checked for alignment and wear – none found. 3. Pivots checked and polished on clockmaker’s lathe. 4. Movement plates examined and pivot holes checked for wear – (possible distortion, usually due to mechanical pressure, lack of servicing, or simply age-related wear). The time side’s wheel 2 pivot hole (bearing), was worn and therefore re-bushed. Other than that, no issues were found. 5. Pivot holes pegged out to remove any remaining debris (a “paste” of old/dried oil). 6. The mainspring and striking barrels were dismantled, springs removed, checked for wear (none found), cleaned, lightly greased and re-assembled. Both springs are of excellent tempered steel quality and are, in all probability, the originals. 7. All components de-greased in isopropyl alcohol and brush-polished with French chalk, which also helps to delay tarnishing - a natural brass occurrence. 8. Movement re-assembled - all arbors checked for “end shake”. 9. The hammer and centre wheel cock adjustment sinks oiled and depth screws adjusted accordingly to ensure both wheels arbors have correct amount of “end shake”. 10. All sinks oiled with high-grade Moebius clock oil. The Brocot escapement... is the clock’s “heartbeat”, as coupled with the pendulum, it “manages” the power generated by the mainspring through the going train - controlling the clock’s timekeeping. It is also the most delicate assembly. The following procedures were carried out: 1. Escapement completely dismantled and cleaned ultrasonically in horological fluid. 2. Carefully cleaned – pallets and escape wheel checked for wear – none found. 3. Components de-greased in isopropyl alcohol and oiled with high grade clock oil. The face-plate, dial and hands... are all in excellent condition, with the classic enamel face, Roman numerals and chapter ring having no hairline cracks or missing enamel. Please note: there is a hairline crack on the recessed part of the face where the winding arbors are situated. The face was cleaned in a mild cleansing agent, rinsed and heater-dried. The blued steel Breguet (or moon) hands are in excellent condition. The movement, dial, false plate and hands were re-assembled and powered while the case was being overhauled. The case... is made of high quality (and very heavy) brass. It was dismantled to component level and the following procedures carried out: 1. Parts cleaned in a warm solution of horological cleaner, washed, rinsed and heater-dried. 2. All case components dipped in isopropyl alcohol for de-greasing and then brush- polished with French chalk. 3. The bezel was re-silvered. 4. The parts were treated with two coats of horological lacquer. Once dried, a coat of renaissance wax was added as a final protection. 5. I believe the 6mm bevelled five glass panels to be original to the clock and are in excellent condition. 6. Case re-assembled. Both front and back doors close correctly and firmly - another indication of the case’s originality, quality and lack of trauma. As the case has been lacquered, it will not need any further care other than careful dusting – microfibre cloths are excellent for this. Under no circumstances should any silicon-based or metal polishes come anywhere near the clock. The case is now in excellent condition with very few marks, other than those that are commensurate with its age. Testing... was carried out once again after the movement was reinstalled into its case and powered. It has now been run for three full run-downs without any issues, keeping excellent time throughout. Timing... is adjusted by either raising or lowering the pendulum by loosening the adjusting screw of the pendulum’s rod and moving the pendulum accordingly. Additionally, there is a fine timing adjustment arbor (the brockle) on the face of the clock at its 12 o’clock position. This enables very small timing adjustments to be made. So it is best to get the timing as correct as possible using the screw on the pendulum’s rod and then any further fine adjustment be made via the brockle. Payment... is acceptable in any form of cleared funds prior to shipment, such as PayPal, bank transfer, cash or personal cheque. Should personal collection be required, then the transaction must be paid for in cash at the point of collection. Shipping... will take place within one working day of receipt of cleared payment. However, every effort is made to ship on the same day. As this clock is heavy and pendulum-based, I will deliver and install it free-of-charge to anywhere within a 100 mile radius of Westbury, Wiltshire, providing no sea-crossings are involved, other than by bridges. Otherwise, it will be shipped within the UK via Royal Mail on its ‘Next day 1pm, fully insured, tracked and signed for’ delivery service, with the exception of Saturday afternoons, Sundays and English Bank Holidays. Export customers - please contact me for shipping costs, as they are destination-dependent. Please note - shipping is always on a tracked, signed-for and fully insured basis (the price shown is for delivery to Australia). Any/all destination Customs and/or import duties and/or related taxes are the exclusive and sole responsibility of the buyer. This is an express condition of an export sale. PLEASE NOTE: shipping costs are relatively high due purely to the clock’s value and gross weight. Conclusion This fine antique French 4 glass large mantel clock is now is beautiful condition throughout, after a careful and sensitive overhaul. It should be serviced every five years by a competent clockmaker to ensure optimum performance, as 5 years is the working life of good quality clock oil. Should you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask - I'll be happy to help. A user guide is supplied as is the signed restoration report. Thank you for looking Condition: This beautiful, heavy 4 glass mantel clock, striking on a bell, has just been overhauled and is now is excellent condition throughout. There are a few very minor markings on the brass case, which are commensurate with the clock's age. The clock comes with two keys - one for the winding arbors and the other for fine timing adjustments via the brockle., Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Type: 4 glass French mantel clock, Sub-Type: Mantel Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: French, Material: Brass, Features: Twin mercury tubes - fully compensating pendulum

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