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This Fine Clock Has Been Sold. But, we have another one which is OLDER!
 
SETH THOMAS
BOTTOM BELL, SHIP'S BELL
 
Seth Thomas, America's oldest clock maker started operations in 1813. Their Nautical clocks first appeared in the 1860's and were the official US Navy Ships' clock for almost 100 years.
 

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PRESENTED is a Seth Thomas - bottom bell "Ships Bell" (the clocks proper name) which is considered by many to be the 'Classic' American ship's clock. This may be one of the best of the famous "Ships Bell" bottom bell clocks, first introduced in 1879, that are on the market. It is running like a charm and strikes the ship's bells with a distinctive ring.

 

These clocks were used in vessels ranging from yachts to battleships! As the U.S. Navy's official timekeeper, a Seth Thomas clock exactly like this one was on board the USS Maine when she was sunk. The clock was recovered was recovered from the wreck and presented to Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was Secretary of the Navy.

 

For an exact match, check the example on display at the National Watch and Clock Museum. GO: http://www.nawcc.org/museum/nwcm/galleries/marine/stephens.htm 

DIMENSIONS: 
 
Dial 6"
Overall 12" H x 7.5" W x 4" D      Weight 3.3 lbs
 
Few of the early examples have survived in the fine original condition with the original nickel plating and the silvered face in excellent condition except for some scratching around the winding arbors.

The clock strikes Ship's Bells through a double strike system marking off the series of four hour watches that make up the sailor's day. Each four hour watch is divided into half hour periods tolled from one through eight bells. When the chiming gets out of sequence the clock has a lever that makes it easier to coordinate the chime sequence with the time with out moving the hands.
 
The lever escapement balance wheel used in this clock was developed in the late 1870s and continued in production through the 1920s. During its production this model was modified a number of times which results in there being several variations on the market. The clock runs for two days. For best accuracy it should be wound daily.
 
The design came from the factory mostly with a polished brass case and fewer were offered with a nickel finish. This example is in outstanding condition and is all original. The dial shows some evidence of minor corrosion, but retains 98% of its silver and original blued steel hands. The Roman numerals have been silk-screened in place rather than being etched as in later clocks. The clock's movement is in fine mechanical condition with a fine sharp bell tone.
 
This clock is for a discerning collector who can appreciate it being one of the older and perhaps the finest running examples of this design in the world. 
 
International buyers welcome, but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
 
WARRANTY: We guarantee that this clock will be working on arrival and that our description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained within three days, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for its full value. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable. This does not affect our policy on shipping damage which is discussed below.
 
PACKAGING: We take great care in packaging our clocks for shipment which includes bubble wrap, placing in a box, and then placing in a larger box surrounded by impact absorbent material. However, we are not responsible, once it is turned over to the carrier. Full Value insurance is required. In the event of damage due to shipping we will assist you in all respects even to filing a claim in your behalf.

Buy this rare ships bell clock Now! It is a perfect item to add to complete your collection of unusual seagoing time pieces. 

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