Friday, February 9, 2018

Rosewood Seth Thomas (Thomaston) Ogee Clock - Part 4 - The Completed Restoration

This post is long overdue, but here are some "after" photos of the Seth Thomas Rosewood ogee clock that I restored a while back. This was a garage sale basket case with a rather poor label, a horrible repainted dial, veneer chips, and a broken (likely original) mirror in the base.


To see previous posts about this clock, visit these links:
Original Purchase:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

Most Seth Thomas clocks have painted glasses, even though this one had a mirror originally. I chose to go with a Fenn style stenciled glass. It's a bit earlier in style than the clock, but it looks rather nice.

The rosewood veneer on this clock is especially nice.

Pendulum bob is new, dial was repainted, hands are new.

I'm still not entirely happy with the floral dial corners, but they are not too bad. The dial was painted with an off-white (on the grey/beige side), and then antiqued. Some of the line work was rubbed away. I had wanted to fit the clock with the standard Seth Thomas style hands, but the replica hands I received had a centre hole in the minute hand that was much too large, so I couldn't use them.

Freshly cleaned and restored movement.

I hope you all enjoyed this restoration effort. It's not 100% accurate, but considering the condition it was in, and the limitations of stock parts, it turned out looking quite lovely.


  1. I am getting hooked on these 30 hour Ogee clocks. Now have five. Nice work.


    1. Yes, I have at least a dozen (which includes 4 miniatures). I will very likely try to sell a few of them, simply because they take up a lot of space. In general they are extremely good clocks for the low prices they bring. Their main drawbacks are the single-day winding, and their ubiquitousness. Generally I try to find intact/untouched examples (like the E N Welch one - see march 16,2016), or ratty inexpensive ones to save/restore (like this one: bad dial, bad label, no tablet).