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.

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BEFORE:



To see previous posts about this clock, visit these links:
Original Purchase: https://jcclocks.blogspot.ca/2014/06/clock-haul-4-new-acquisitions.html
Part 1: https://jcclocks.blogspot.ca/2016/02/rosewood-seth-thomas-thomaston-ogee.html
Part 2: https://jcclocks.blogspot.ca/2017/04/rosewood-seth-thomas-thomaston-ogee.html
Part 3: https://jcclocks.blogspot.ca/2017/06/rosewood-seth-thomas-thomaston-ogee.html

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.

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The rosewood veneer on this clock is especially nice.

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

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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.

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Freshly cleaned and restored movement.

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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.

2 comments:

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

    Ron

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    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).

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