Antique Seth Thomas Pillar & Scroll c1820, Runs, Strikes, Original Glasses
This magnificent Pillar and Scroll shelf clock came from an old New England estate, from a collector skilled in antique clock restoration. It has been running for the past month, keeping good time and striking the hour on a large original cast bell. The case is surfaced with figured mahogany veneer and features book matched moldings on the door flat surfaces. The door itself includes its original locking mechanism and the original keyhole escutcheon plate. The color of the case is striking as it has an old finish including some areas with over-varnish. The tone is a dark colored rich mahogany instead of the light colored veneer often seen in clocks that have been heavily stripped and skinned. The sides of the cabinet are flanked with delicately turned columns. The scroll work and the apron feet look original to me, although theyre not perfect as they have benefited from restoration in the past. Check out the pictures and see what you think. The crotch mahogany veneer on the scroll is completely original without any veneer patchwork even though one scroll had been repaired. The scrolls stand straight and tall with the minimum amount of warping. The clock once had a door pull above the escutcheon plate, the hole for which has now been filled and the surface restored. This clock has two original glasses that exhibit beautiful, similar wavy patterns. It is not common to find a 200 year old Pillar & Scroll mantel clock with original glass that has never been removed from the case. Some of the old putty remains. The lower glass in the door features an age appropriate replica design of a mansion house. It looks really good, check out the close up pictures. The original wood dial features seldom seen bold Arabic numerals instead of the more common Roman numerals and spectacular hand painted spandrels depicting strawberries and leaves surrounded by gesso borders. The dial is covered with an overlay, a perfect matching clone of the original painted dial face corrected to compensate for paint flaking from the dial underneath. The flaking on the original wood dial is confined mainly to its center area. Remarkably, the bold stylized original Arabic numerals and the beautiful spandrels remain well preserved in superior untouched condition. For this reason, the overlay has been applied with a non-permanent adhesive along the edges and center only, to facilitate its removal should the new owner prefer to have restoration of the original dial performed. Otherwise, leave it as it is an enjoy its beauty. The well preserved label from the clockmaker, Seth Thomas of Plymouth Connecticut, can still be clearly seen pasted to the backboard as it was laid out in the 1820s. The movement is original to the case and the mounting holes of the movement match perfectly with those in the corresponding side rails. Although the movement has been working exceptionally well for the past month its action can not be guaranteed due to the age of this clock. With a very small amount of work this clock may be made to be the masterpiece it once was. Check out all the pictures of the clock and see if you agree. If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to ask them before the sale closes. I think the few extra dollars it will cost you is well worth the peace of mind. The item “Antique Seth Thomas Pillar & Scroll c1820, Runs, Strikes, Original Glasses” is in sale since Friday, October 4, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Shelf, Mantel”. The seller is “1842retired” and is located in Norwell, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Brand: Seth Thomas
- Clock Type: Pillar & Scroll Shelf Clock
- Plymouth Connecticut circa 1820: Runs and Strikes as it should