Seth Thomas turn of the century mantle clock

 In for repair is a Seth Thomas mantle clock.  As you can see it has not run in a very long time.  The arrows pointing to A & B shows the veneer coming loose.  The circled area shows a rough area on the rim of the case.  There was no glass.  The case was very dry and the movement was just as dusty.


This next image shows a closer look at the damaged brim.

An added example of the length of time this clock was in storage is were a spider has made it's home inside the case right at the left top.  Note how dry and dusty the inside of the case is and how dry and dusty the clock movement is.

and on the right another web.  Looks like it is too different spiders co-habitated.

This is an image of the bottom of the case.  The label is still readable.  I was hoping that the model of this clock was shown.  Unfortunately, this label is just a general description of how to operate the clock.

This image shows the movement out of the case.  It is obvious how dry and dusty this mechanism was

A closeup of the escapement

The movement was so dirty that a preliminary cleaning was performed on the movement to remove dirt and old grease.  This was done to see what pivot holes needed rebuilding.  I've created two videos displaying the wear of the clock.  The first video shows the front plate and how significant the wear is.  The second video shows the backside.

It should be noted that the time side showed significant wear.  The strike side had very little wear.  It can be assumed by this wear pattern that the owner only ran the clock for timekeeping but did not like it to strike on the hour and half hour.

This image shows that the mainsprings are original.  Note the Seth Thomas stamp of the mainspring.

Unfortunately, an image was not taken with the complete clock apart.

While the clock was apart, the mainsprings were removed from the clamp above and steel wool was used to clean off any debris and rust.  The springs were stretched to give them additional life.  All the pivots were inspected for damage.  A couple were found to be rough.  These were polished and made smooth.  The clock plates where the worn holes shown above were rebuilt.  The clock wheels are positioned and should run just like it left the Seth Thomas factory.

After all work completed on the clock.  The mechanism was ultrasonically cleaned before it was put back together.  The clock mechanism is then tested  for proper striking.  Here is a short video of the mechanism being tested.

While the mechanism is being tested.  The case underwent repair.  The missing glass (5 1/2") was replaced.  The bezel was very tarnished and  was polished with steel wool and brass polish.  The feet and side figurines were also tarnished.  These were cleaned.  The case was cleaned with linseed oil then a nice coating of wood oil.

Clock feet were cleaned.  The image below shows all the parts ready for installation to the case.  Refer to the images above to the original condition of these parts. 

The strike arm was badly damaged and because loose.  This had to be reattached.  A hole was drilled in the hammer arbor and the hammer arm slid thru the hole and riveted.

The clock is back to gether.  These two images show the front and back of the clock

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