Professionally Restored Antique Seth Thomas Black Mantel Clock Shasta model Runs
This is a beautiful Seth Thomas Shasta Mantle Clock. It is a real treasure to find one this old in excellent working condition as it was made ca. These models are pictured in Tran Duy Ly’s Seth Thomas Clocks, and I have not seen too many of these with actual gold stencil in the black adamantine wood front and 4 open columns, making this model decently rare. You can imagine you are in the 1900s, as this clock looks very beautiful and runs like new. Some nicks and black touch-ups are in the finish on this clock, as would be expected from a clock this old. You might see some of the issues up close in the pictures, such as the touch up in picture 4, and they are not that detracting from normal distances, but I wanted to point it out for you. I took 16 pictures with the last 2 being composites. The original finish is carefully preserved. I have not myself re-varnished, re-lacquered, or re-shellacked it (usually many questions on that). My 5 step process is performed entirely by hand, and brings out the most beautiful, luxurious deep shine, just as the original craftsmen intended for this piece many generations ago. For antique pieces, this is preferable to stripping and re-finishing it, as my method preserves as much of the original patina and “beauty marks” the clock has picked up during the generations it has been doing its work. Wood is a black color with Seth Thomas’s own patented Adamantine (an early celluloid veneer) that is all firmly attached, but does have a few black paint touchups as mentioned above. The front piece has a beautiful gold stencil that will not rub off because it is etched deeper than the surrounding wood. All the screws are snug, and even the dial screws are original. It has a signed Seth Thomas #89 movement that is one of the most dependable 8 day time and strike clock movements ever made that runs like new, with a wide pendulum swing, even ticking, strikes the half hours on a crisp clear bell, and the hour count is struck on a deep sounding cathedral gong, one of the best sounds you can get out of a mantel clock. It has a wide pendulum swing and a very even, pleasant ticking sound as it runs, not too loud of ticking. This is a labor intensive service where the entire movement was disassembled, cleaned, each gear was inspected for damage, pivots polished, holes pegged out, bushings added where needed (pressed in from the inside of the plate), mainsprings cleaned and lubricated, and re- assembled. The movement was then timed to 9778 beats per hour using an electronic clock beat tool to ensure it keeps good time. There is a slow/fast adjustment using the small end of the key on the front center of the dial if you need to make further timekeeping adjustments (directions are on the back of the clock). This work was done for you so you can enjoy it right away rather than waiting on a repair shop. Not many of the other two train Sessions Westminster movements you may find elsewhere get this detailed treatment. After cleaning, the entire movement was oiled with synthetic clock oil, adjusted (both strike / chime point with respect to the minute hand being kept to within a minute, and time-keeping accuracy to within +/- 2 or 4 minutes per week typical for an 8-day clock) and then tested for 1 month with weekly windings. They typically will not need cleaning again for about 10 years. An oiling and inspection by a professional clock repairer every 1 to 3 years or so will keep your clock in tip-top shape, and this is relatively inexpensive compared to a full restoration like I have to do when people run their clocks longer than they should without servicing. I have included a couple pictures of a typical movement on the test stand in my shop profile page so you can see its “inner beauty” and cleanliness. The mainsprings on this clock are the original ones, and proper for this type of movement. It’s great fun to watch this movement as it strikes. The Strike gears make some noise but are quieter than most 8-day Kitchen or Gingerbread clocks, since they run at a slower speed needed to play the cathedral gong. The fancy original dial is in near perfect condition for its age – there is fading of some numbers (see close-up pics). The dial has an adjustment for fast and slow on the dial below the center shaft, which can be turned by the small end of the key – that way you don’t have to take the clock off the shelf to adjust it. The brass bezel (solid brass) around the dial is original, stays closed firmly, gently cleaned, and was re-lacquered to prevent tarnish. It retains a clean, perfect flat glass, with no chips or scratches. The hands have a tight, original nut holding them and are a dark steel for strength and great visibility across the room. Has the removable back door in great condition which is cut from period wood to closely resemble an original back cover. The door has the original top latch that holds it securely closed. The bezel door hinges are original and in perfect working condition (they do not sag either). The door stays shut when closed (see pictures). Complete with the pendulum and the double-ended key. The larger end of the double ended key is to wind the clock and the smaller end of the key to make the dial adjustments. This is very rare, usually the key is lost and replaced with narrower keys by now. The extra wide key makes it easier to wind, especially important for the elderly. Has a 100% complete label on the back door with the instructions. The label is clearly readable being that it is a copy of an original. This full sized, large clock measures 17 ½” wide x 11 ½” high x 7 deep. This model is the crown jewel of early 1900’s mantle clocks and a favorite of antique clock collectors everywhere. It is a larger than usual model that boasts a serpentine top, celluloid drum sides, full round celluloid columns and larger than usual paw feet. This clock must have been cherished its entire life, and it is looking for a new home on your shelf or fireplace mantel, and most of all, it runs great! Also check my shop for more clocks I will be adding. These old or antique clocks with brass movements are amazing – can you imagine any other mechanical item made today still working well after 100 or more years? Another amazing fact is with proper maintenance and care they will work easily for another century, as these movements are made to be serviced as easily or easier as other American clocks from long ago! The mainsprings can even be removed for cleaning without disassembling the whole movement. There are no plastic or rubber parts in these, only brass plates and gears with steel pinions, pivots and arbors. The case must have been made by a master craftsman or furniture maker by the quality of the construction and detailed trim. A very well-designed clock! This clock would also make a great present! Clocks are an excellent investment and valuable asset in your estate. Each one is unique in its quality and characteristics, often due to the different manufacturers each having their own patented movements. It is pretty neat how these patents are for minor differences and that the basic design of the movement has been copied and really hasn’t changed much for more than 150 years. These clocks should only appreciate in value and beauty with age as long as they are not abused. Your family will have joy in the choice of this clock you choose today and it will be cherished for years to come. Even vintage clocks can be handed down to the next generation and so on, eventually becoming true antiques. Clocks are one of the few antiques that serve many purposes besides what they were designed to do (telling time): Their beautiful cases and trim decorate your home and they fill your home with pleasant sounds as the movement does its wonderful work. Your children will remember these sounds as they grow up. All my items are from a non- smoking and pet-free home. Thank you in advance for your business! I will include an instruction sheet describing how to unpack, set-up and run this clock. I love these clocks and take great care and pride in any restoration work. The clock and its accessories will be packed well. I pack in a large box with lots of padding. All of my items are currently in our climate controlled, non-smoking and pet-free home, but some items (especially antiques) may have picked up a few odors from their previous caretakers. Thanks in advance for your business! The item “Professionally Restored Antique Seth Thomas Black Mantel Clock Shasta model Runs” is in sale since Monday, March 9, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Shelf, Mantel”. The seller is “clocksavior” and is located in Fenton, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: Seth Thomas
- Clock Type: Neoclassical
- Featured Refinements: Antique Seth Thomas Clock
- chime clock: Cathedral gong