Stunning Smiths Very Rare 8 Day Striking Mantel Clock. 1961. Fully Overhauled.

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Seller: charlie-farlie (3,382) 100%, Location: Stowmarket, Ships to: GB, Item: 254184635572 It is my husband's wish that I continue to overhaul, list 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. The quality of my work meets with the very strict standards of my horological qualifications, and as such I would not deliberately mislead anyone into thinking that any clock we offer for sale is anything other than an honest, original and genuine clock with the historical integrity kept intact (as far as possible), or that we give the impression that the clock is something that it clearly isn’t. This listing is open to UK buyers only. Sorry, there are no exceptions to this. Please read my notes at the end of the listing. Ladies and gentlemen, as our regular customers and followers will know, “rare” is not a term we use lightly. We will never say that a clock is rare to make it sound better or more desirable than it really is. However in the case of this offering, it is one where the term “rare” truly applies! I therefore have great pleasure in presenting for your perusal a superb Smiths 8 day striking mantel clock in a stunning cherry case. I offer you the TNG 6991 dated to 1961. The TNG 6991 was loosely based around the Smiths Aintree model and was produced in striking format only from around June 1959 until November 1962. These clocks were all fitted with the later Smiths F7B movement. In January 1959, Richard & Tucker Nunn (RTN) merged with Grimshaw, Baxter and J.J Elliott to form the company of Tucker Nunn and Grimshaws (TNG). This company was founded by George Walter Nunn and was a subsidiary of, and totally owned by Smiths Industries. George Nunn was the driving force behind TNG but the day to day running of the company was in the hands of the general manager, Frederick Kienzler. Clocks with GB&E, RTN or TNG cases were designed for the “higher echelons” and more affluent members of society with a larger disposable income that required a more “individual” clock than an example from the General Smiths catalogue. They are very highly sought after by collectors in today's market and they have a following in their own right. They were renowned for their higher quality cases, although they used the same movements as their normal Smiths counterparts. This model is an interior decorators dream clock and is an example where the term “less is more” definitely applies!! The case is finished in a superb Moroccan cherry which is in magnificent condition. Often described as a “balloon” clock, the TNG 6991 has a gently rounded top with sweeping sides, leading to chamfered platform feet that run the entire depth of the case protruding very slightly to the front and sides. The front of the clock is completely plain with no embellishments to trap dust! There are no imperfections to mention and the clock gives the impression of having been carefully stored away for many years. I have given the case a good clean and I have applied four coats of a top quality wax polish that is specially formulated by a French polisher. It has not been “prettied up” for the camera and it does not shine more now than it did when it left the factory. The measurements for this stunning clock are 8” at its widest point by 7.75” tall by a mere 4” deep. This clock is fitted with the later Smiths F7B striking movement, complete with a strike/silent lever (highlighted) inside the rear door. There are many rumours and misconceptions that surround the Smiths F7B movement, so I would like to take this opportunity to dispel those rumours and reassure customers that these are equally as reliable as the movement that they replaced. They are a lovely movement to work on and as I have now overhauled a lot of them, I actually prefer them to the earlier F3A movement. The F7B superseded the extremely popular and reliable F3A movement. The F7B was constructed using the same grade and thickness of brass for the plates. The layout was re-designed to enable the movement to become slimmer and fit into smaller cases, giving the customer a far wider choice of styles. As it was thinner, the wheel work was also thinner and therefore weighed less. As a result, these movements were also able to employ a shorter pendulum. The cost of the springs for the F7B movement are also cheaper than the F3A springs which makes it slightly cheaper for me to overhaul a movement without compromising on quality. The movement in this clock dates to November 1961. Like the case, it is in magnificent condition. 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. I inspected the movement for wear and I found none whatsoever. No previous bush replacement has ever been undertaken and none will be required now, or for many years to come. I would like to add that this movement is as close to an unused example of the F7B that I have ever seen. I have polished all of the bushes and pivots using traditional and time honoured methods. Once I had completed this work, I fitted two brand new stainless steel pattern replacement mainsprings and I reassembled, aligned, tested and lubricated the movement. I use the very highest quality and finest grades of horological oils in my overhauls. This intensive treatment should provide the new owner with accuracy and reliability for many years to come. Since I completed this overhaul in June 2018, the clock has performed without fault and keeping superb time. The clock strikes every half hour on a coiled steel gong with an hour count on the hour. This clock benefits from a strike/silent lever which is located in the rear of the clock on the left hand side next to the gong stand (highlighted). Therefore, if you want a striking clock that can be silenced at night, you may wish to give this model some consideration. Needless to say, this superb and original clock will be supplied with its original key, pendulum 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 a Seamist Green chapter ring with scripted numerals set against the cherry backdrop of the case. The minute track consists of simple markers around the outer circumference of the chapter ring and it has a nice gold ring around the inner circumference. The glass is housed in a brass bezel that is in excellent condition. This bezel does have a very tiny amount of drop when opened. This is quite normal for bezels of this type. It is held correctly closed with its pin and socket clasp. The image is completed with finely shaped and pierced gold coloured hands. The 6991 is an incredibly rare clock and because of its minimalistic appearance, it was often overlooked. It has a soothing tick and a mellow strike which will make this fine clock a welcome addition to any home or collection. If you are looking for a striking clock that is extremely rare, has a strike/silent lever and has a nice simplistic appearance, this COULD be the clock you are looking for. Notes This listing is open to UK buyers only. Sorry, there are no exceptions to this!! Please note that we do NOT use the eBay Global shipping programme. Some of our customers have a copy of a book called Smiths Domestic Clocks by the late Barrie Smith. In this book, some of Barrie’s dating differs to the dating in our listings. This is an excellent book for identifying and giving a rough guide to the dates of clocks but the book is just that, a rough guide, and a percentage of the dates are incorrect. In the interests of accuracy, I date my clocks using original Smiths catalogues and other available documentation. Some time ago I fully completed my training as an horologist, just like my husband did many years ago. His verbal instruction and endless encouragement helped me proudly achieve this coveted standard, and I am indebted to him. Due to deterioration in my husband’s health, I can no longer offer collection in person as an option. Whenever possible, your clock will be securely wrapped in brand new bubble wrap and sent out in a brand new, double walled box and despatched with a 24 hour courier FREE OF CHARGE within one day of receiving payment. A tracking number is always provided and the parcel will need to be signed for upon receipt. 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 the 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. If you have any questions, please ask AT LEAST 18 hours before the listing ends!!! The contents of this listing is subject to copyright owned by Charlie-farlie Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Condition: I have for sale an extremely rare Smiths 8 day striking mantel clock in a cherry case. This clock has the later type movement with the added advantage of a strike/silent lever. The clock has undergone a complete overhaul and has been fitted with two new mainsprings. Please read on......., Material: Cherry, Features: 8-Day, Sub-Type: Mantel Clock, Brand: Smiths, Clock Type: Mantel clock, Clock Sub-Type: Pendulum and key

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