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OLDEST SETH THOMAS BOTTOM BELL SHIP CLOCK DATED 1878

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To view our antique and vintage, collector quality, Seth Thomas "Top and Bottom Outside" Ship's Clock's click here!

This Fine Clock Has Been Sold. Thank You!

FIRST Seth Thomas "Outside Bell"
Ships Clock, Dated April 10, 1878

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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.

 

Presented is a superb and extremely rare example of the famous Seth Thomas Outside Bottom Bell Ships clock from when it may have been FIRST INTRODUCED on April 10, 1878. We have never seen one like it before except in books and catalogs and we were the company that sold the one that had a patent dated Nov 4, 1879 three years ago. The inside is formed by a wooden frame in which the movement is mounted which makes this different from all the others we have sold over the years. The placement of the seconds bit in a recessed dial is also a most distinctive feature which was discontinued with this model, never to reappear. The Arabic numerals on a white background make reading the time easy. The clock has been recently serviced by a master clock maker and is in fine mechanical condition keeping good time and striking the bells with a sharp tone.

The Seth Thomas - Outside Bottom Bell is considered the 'Classic' American ship's clock. Few of these true working ship's clocks have survived in the fine original condition of this example or are anywhere near this age.

These very handsome clocks strike 'Ship's Bells' through a double strike system which is unique to Seth Thomas and makes a most distinctive sound. They were intended to be hung on the bulkheads of a ship's pilot houses, captain's cabins,etc., and could be found in vessels ranging from the most luxurious yachts to battleships! One of these clocks was recovered from the wreck of the USS MAINE and presented to Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was Secretary of the Navy.

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 "wire pull" that makes it easier to coordinate the chime sequence with the time with out moving the hands. The clock runs for two days. For best accuracy it should be wound daily.

While one of the most decorative ship's clocks ever designed, the Seth Thomas 'Outside Bell' was intended for real work. Consequently, relatively few have survived the effects of rough usage, years at sea, and salt water corrosion to come down to today's collector in the fine condition of this example.

        Very clean face
 Striking bell movement wood frame

  Maker's name upper right 
 
                     Old catalog sheet

The clock came from the factory with a polished nickel plated cartridge brass case. This clock has acquired an especially attractive age patina and retains 95% of its original plating. The dial is in excellent condition with original blued steel hands. The case has the especially pleasing untouched patina that knowledgeable collectors search for. It is mounted on an old wooden backboard ready for display in the home or use at sea.....a great looking collector's clock with exceptional charm .

Dimensions: Height 12", Width 7 1/2", Depth 4", Dial Diameter 6"
Weight 3.3 pounds

International buyers welcome, but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, 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 five 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 unless we are at fault. 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.

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If you can afford the finest and rarest, then buy this rare Seth Thomas Bottom Bell clock Now! It is a worthy investment or a fine addition for your collection or as important gift.