Smiths Antique Art Deco Westminster Chime Mantel Clock, 1953. Stunning And Rare! THREE NEW MAINSPRINGS, MOVEMENT FULLY OVERHAULED MAR 18

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Seller: kayesse (870) 100%, Location: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear, Ships to: GB, Item: 282712883963 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITEM IS STRICTLY UK POSTAGE ONLY *** A MODEL CATALOGUED FOR ONLY TWO YEARS, 1952 AND 1953, MAKING RELATIVELY INFREQUENT APPEARANCES 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 1953. THE VENEER OF THIS CLOCK IS IN WONDERFUL, ORIGINAL AND UNMOLESTED CONDITION, AND ALL I HAVE DONE TO IT IS TO REMOVE SOME ACCUMULATED INGRAINED DIRT AND GRIME AND TREAT IT TO SEVERAL COATS OF A HIGH QUALITY CARNAUBA WAX POLISH WHICH HAS RESTORED IT, AS FAR AS IS POSSIBLE, TO ITS FORMER GLORY. 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 ONLY ONE OF TWO MODELS OF A SMITH'S WESTMINSTER CLOCK, (OF WHICH I AM AWARE),TO HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH A SILVER GREY CHAPTER RING MOUNTED ON A FULL CREAM CIRCULAR FACE, (THE OTHER BEING AN INCREDIBLY SCARCE MODELS CALLED THE "PAISLEY" OF WHICH I HAVE AN EXAMPLE TO BE OFFERED AT A FUTURE DATE). 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 VIRTUALLY PERFECT. THE GOLD BEZEL IS AS NEW, SHINY AND UNPITTED AND WITHOUT THE USUAL "DROP" WHEN OPENED, SO FREQUENTLY FOUND ON THESE, THE LARGER STYLE. IT IS CORRECTLY AND FIRMLY HELD SHUT BY A STRONG CLASP. I REMOVED, STRIPPED AND OVERHAULED THE MOVEMENT IN MARCH 2018, 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 BORDER LINE WEAR TO BUSHES ON BOTH THE FRONT AND BACK PLATES OF THE MOVEMENT, TWO ON THE TIME SIDE AND THREE ON THE CHIME, AND THIS WEAR I HAVE ELIMINATED BY THE FITTING OF FIVE REPLACEMENT BUSHINGS. 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". APPROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS ARE; L; 12" H; 9.25" D; 5". AS YOU WOULD EXPECT FOR SUCH AN ORIGINAL AND UNSPOILED CLOCK, IT WILL BE SUPPLIED WITH AN 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. 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 10% LESS THAN THE AMOUNT I PAY THE COURIER, NOR DOES IT 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. AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE, SCARCE AND SOUGHT AFTER MODEL OF AN EARLY 1950s SMITH'S 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 IF I WERE 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, Brand: Smiths, Featured Refinements: Westminster Clock

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