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Stunning Smiths 8 Day Westminster Chiming Mantel Clock. 1953 Fully Overhauled.

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Seller: charlie-farlie (3,147) 100%, Location: Stowmarket, Ships to: GB, Item: 252656649847 Condition: I have for sale a truly stunning Smiths 8 day Westminster chiming mantel clock in an oak case. This clock has undergone a full overhaul and has been fitted with three new mainsprings. Please read on..........., Details: It is my husband's wish that I continue to overhaul and sell our personal collection of Smiths and other makes of clocks on his behalf, in the same tradition as he has done for many years. Please read my notes at the end of the listing. Ladies and gentlemen, I have great pleasure in presenting for your perusal a superb and truly stunning Smiths Westminster chiming mantel clock that was in production from January 1953 until October 1955. I offer you “The Kendal”. This example dates from 1953. I overhauled this clock for my husband in February of this year. This stunning clock has a steeply rounded top with slight shoulders leading to a sharp inward slant towards the feet. To the front, two triple fluted mouldings adorn each end of the case. These follow the lines of the inward slants of the sides. The feet are chamfered and run the full depth of the case, protruding slightly to the front and sides. We have owned several examples of the Kendal over the years but have never owned one in such fine condition. There are no blemishes to mention. The case required nothing more than a light clean and the application of four coats of a top quality wax polish that is specially formulated for my husband by a French polisher. This finish of this clock is truly excellent and the case does not shine more now than it did when it was new. I have not “tarted it up” and I have not smothered it in any form of scratch covering polish in an effort to apply an artificial shine for the benefit of the camera or in an attempt to portray the clock for something that it very clearly and obviously isn’t; a brand new clock. The dimensions for this stunning clock are 9” high by 11” wide by 4.5” deep. The movement is the very popular K6A Westminster chiming unit, dated to October 1953. I have completely stripped the movement (please see the pictures) and ultrasonically cleaned it using the very best fluids to obtain the very best results. When I inspected the movement, I found two worn bushes and two more that had some very minor wear. Using my BHI training and under my husband’s VERY watchful eyes, I have replaced these four bushes using traditional and time honoured methods, making their appearance virtually invisible. These were the cam wheel bush in the chiming train and the gathering pallet wheel bush in the striking train, both on the front plate and the escape wheel bush in the time train and the cam wheel bush in the chiming train, both on the rear plate. Just as my husband did when he overhauled a clock, I have replaced ALL three mainsprings and I did this using a new/old stock genuine Smiths stainless steel replacement for the time train and pattern stainless steel replacements for the strike and chime trains. I then meticulously polished all of the bushes and pivots, again using time honoured traditional methods that have been taught to me. Once this had been completed, I reassembled, aligned, tested and lubricated the movement. My husband always insists on using the very highest quality and finest grades of horological oils and I am using these same oils in my overhauls. This intensive treatment should provide the new owner with accuracy and reliability for many years to come. Since I overhauled this clock in February of this year, the clock has performed without fault, keeping superb time. It chimes every 15 minutes with four notes at quarter past, eight notes at half past, twelve notes at quarter to and sixteen notes on the hour, followed by an hour count. This is performed on four finely tuned chime bars A chime/silent lever is available beside the no: 9 to provide the option of silencing the chimes, should you wish to do so. Needless to say that a clock of this quality will be supplied with its original pendulum, genuine Smiths key and a comprehensive instruction sheet to enable the simple task of commissioning after delivery to be as effortless as possible for the new owner. I will also include a photocopy of the original Smiths instructions. The dial consists of an Arabic numerated silver chapter ring set against the oak backdrop of the case. These numerals are black and have been raised to highlight them. The minute track consists of individual minute divisions and five minute markers and these sit on a raised band around the outer circumference of the chapter ring itself. The glass is housed in brass bezel that is in excellent condition with absolutely no “drop” whatsoever to the hinge when opened. A strong clasp holds it firmly closed. The image is completed with the rare Type “26D” hands that are finished in a lovely bronze colour. We have owned several examples of the Kendal over the years and my husband tells me that this is the first we have ever owned with this style of chapter ring and the type “26D” hands. They normally have a very narrow chapter ring numerated in Roman, so I would consider this example to be very rare. This truly is a stunning clock that will form the focal point in any setting. It has a very soothing tick and beautiful melodious chime that will ensure that this clock quickly becomes a welcome addition to any home. Notes Until I have fully completed my BHI training as an horologist, some, but not all of the clocks that we will be listing from now on will have been overhauled on our behalf by a superb, highly skilled and fully trained horologist who, like us, is a member of the British Horological Institute (BHI). She is a friend and was also trained in using traditional methods, and comes from a long line of horologists. The remainder of the clocks will have been overhauled and photographed either by myself or by my husband when he was well enough to do them. We believe we are the first clock restorers on eBay UK to offer a full twelve month warranty on all fully overhauled clocks, with a free 24 hour courier service for our valued customers. All of our clocks leave here in perfect working order unless otherwise stated. The clock will be securely packed for despatch by 24 hour courier FREE OF CHARGE within one day of receiving payment. Collection in person is, of course, welcome if you are local enough with a payment in cash if you so wish. A tracking number is always provided. Please note that I book my courier through Interparcel. They require a phone number BEFORE I can make the booking. I would therefore be very grateful if you could provide this when completing checkout. Please note that it is not always possible for our couriers to provide a next day delivery to customers in Scotland, Northern Ireland or outside the mainland UK. Most of the clocks that I offer for sale are a minimum of 50 years old and by their very nature will have the odd minor marks here and there that would be totally commensurate with their age. I will always point out anything untoward and while I always provide several photographs in the description, I am always happy to provide more images should you require them. I can always be contacted by e-mail, phone or Skype should you encounter any problems either with the setting up or at any time in the future. I will always be delighted to assist you in any way I possibly can. So please bid with total confidence and you can rest assured of the very best in after care service should you ever need it. My Husband has written four useful guides for both bidders and sellers on eBay, covering a range of subjects. These can be easily accessed by clicking onto the charlie-farlie user id and scrolling down to the bottom of the page. I hope that you find them informative, useful and interesting. Here is a little note on bush polishing that I am including. An eBay user read somewhere on eBay that bushes can be over-polished, resulting in the need for re-bushing the entire movement. This can happen if you polish a bush with a polishing broach. We DON'T!! We use an ultra-fine specialised compound and pegwood that removes nothing more than the decades of tarnish. This is a traditional method that is still taught to this day. No brass is removed from the bush and the size of the hole is NOT increased. I hope this clears up any issues and will put people's mind at ease. This listing is open to UK buyers only. Sorry, there are no exceptions to this!! Will all bidders with a feedback score of ten or less please contact me with a landline phone number BEFORE placing a bid, or your bid WILL be removed!! Thank you. If you have any questions, please ask AT LEAST 18 hours before the listing ends!!! Powered by eBay Turbo Lister

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