Smiths Antique Art Deco Westminster Chime Mantel Clock, 1952. Outstanding!

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Seller: kayesse (900) 100%, Location: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear, Ships to: GB, Item: 283274449719 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITEM IS STRICTLY UK POSTAGE ONLY *** A MODEL CATALOGUED FOR THREE YEARS FROM 1952 UNTIL 1954 INCLUSIVE, I OFFER FOR SALE A MAGNIFICENT SMITHS WESTMINSTER CHIMING MANTEL CLOCK, THE "LANCASTER". THIS CLOCK DISPLAYS A STENCILED DATE BEHIND THE MOVEMENT OF 9th AUGUST 19**?, AND HAS A MOVEMENT DATED JULY OF 1952. IN A GLORIOUS RICH DARK SHELLAC MAHOGANY VENEER, THE CLOCK IS OUTSTANDING AND IN COMPLETELY ORIGINAL CONDITION. IT HAS SOME VERY LIGHT CRAZING IN COMMON WITH MANY SHELLAC FINISHES DECADES DOWN THE LINE, BUT OTHERWISE, COMES WITH THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM OF AGE RELATED MARKS. IT WAS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE WHEN IT CAME INTO MY POSSESSION, AND I HAVE DONE NOTHING MORE TO IT THAN CLEAN IT THOROUGHLY, CUT BACK SOME INGRAINED DIRT AND APPLY MANY COATS OF A HIGH QUALITY CARNAUBA WAX POLISH WHICH HAS, AS FAR AS IS POSSIBLE, RETURNED IT TO ITS FORMER GLORY. IT IS EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS. A GENTLY ROUNDED TOP GIVES WAY TO CURVACEOUS SIDES LEADING TO INDIVIDUAL FEET, THE FRONT ONES PROTRUDING SLIGHTLY IN A DELICATE SHAPE, AND AN ATTRACTIVE FURROWED EMBELLISHMENT RUNS VERTICALLY UP EACH SIDE FROM THEM. THE CLOCK HAS A SILVER GREY CHAPTER RING WITH BLACK ROMAN NUMERALS, AND AROUND THE CIRCUMFERENCE ARE DRAWN THREE PENCIL THIN BLACK LINES. BETWEEN THE OUTER TWO ARE HOUSED INDIVIDUAL MINUTE DIVISIONS. ALL DETAILING IN RESPECT OF THE CHAPTER RING IS BOTH PRESENT AND NEAR PERFECT AND MATCHING SILVER HANDS COMPLETE THE PICTURE. THE CHROMED BEZEL IS AS NEW, SHINY AND UNPITTED, AND ALTHOUGH AS IS THE CASE WITH MANY LARGE BEZELS IT HAS THE MEREST TAD OF "DROP" WHEN OPENED, IT IS CORRECTLY HELD TIGHTLY SHUT BY A STRONG CLASP I REMOVED, STRIPPED AND OVERHAULED THE MOVEMENT IN SEPTEMBER OF 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 THAT THERE WAS MINIMAL WEAR TO THREE BUSHES ON THE REAR PLATE OF THE MOVEMENT, ONE TOEACH OF THE CHIME SIDE, THE TIME SIDE ND THE STRIKE SIDE, AND THIS I HAVE TAKEN CARE OF BY THE FITTING OF THREE REPLACEMENT BUSHINGS. SINCE OVERHAUL, IT HAS RUN CONTINUOUSLY AND FAULTLESSLY KEEPING EXCELLENT TIME, AND PRESENTING A STRONG AND STEADY TICK. IT IS WORTHY OF NOTE THAT THE REMAINDER OF THE MOVEMENT IS VIRTUALLY FREE FROM ANY WEAR WHATSOEVER, NO BUSHING IS NOW REQUIRED, NOR WILL IT BE FOR A CONSIDERABLE TIME TO COME, AND THE ENTIRE CLOCK PRESENTS AS ONE WHICH HAS DONE LITTLE TO EARN ITS KEEP SINCE THE DAY IT LEFT THE FACTORY. 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; 9.5" D; 5.25". 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. 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 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: A MAGNIFICENT MAHOGANY CLOCK WITH THREE NEW MAINSPRINGS, AND THE MOVEMENT FULLY OVERHAULED SEPTEMBER 2018., Condition: Used, Age: Antique, Post-1900, Material: Mahogany, Featured Refinements: Westminster Clock, Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Features: 8-Day, Sub-Type: Mantel Clock, Brand: Smiths, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: Art Deco, Clock Sub-Type: Mantel Clock

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