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Antique SETH THOMAS Double Wind dated 1878

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Important Seth Thomas
Antique Ships Clock, Dated April 16, 1878

           

Stand Included. A $75.00 Value! 

 

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 very rare example of an Eight Day "Double Wind" Seth Thomas Ships clock from when it may have been FIRST INTRODUCED on April 16, 1878. It has the very early style slip on outer bezel, and an eight day, time only, movement likely the predecessor to the reliable No. 10. For best results, it should be wound every four days using the period key which is included.

We have never seen one exactly like it, nor can it be found in Tran Duy Ly's epic, Third Edition - Volume 2, SETH THOMAS CLOCKS & MOVEMENTS .  However, we are the company that sold one of this generation with a bell in 2004. That one had a patent date of Nov 4, 1879. This clock is running so well after 134 years that we decided not to take it out of its case, but you can see from the front that it is mounted on a circular wood frame, rather than the brass frame that is in most Seth Thomas Ships Clocks, other than these very early ones.

The placement of the seconds bit in a recessed dial with a separate bezel is a unique feature which was discontinued with this model and others similar to it, never to reappear. The Fast-Slow lever is above this in an elongated slot. The over size Roman numerals on a porcelain face makes reading the dial easy.

ACCURACY: The movement appears to be in very good mechanical condition, and was recently adjusted by our clock shop on August 30, 2012. It keeps good time for three days and then begins to run slightly fast. Therefore, it is best to wind it every two or three days to maintain its accuracy using the period key which is included. It will run for seven days. on a single winding.

Partial side and front view
 Back showing remnant of old label

They were intended to be hung on the bulkheads of a ship's pilot house, captain's cabin,etc., and could be found in vessels ranging from the most luxurious yachts to battleships! A Seth Thomas clock was recovered from the wreck of the USS MAINE and presented to Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was Secretary of the Navy.

This version Seth Thomas - Double Wind clock may be considered a 'Classic' American ship's clock. Relatively few have survived the effects of rough usage, years at sea, and salt water corrosion to come down to today in the fine condition of this example. It is ready for display in the home or use at sea.....a great looking collector's clock with exceptional appeal that will make a great gift, perfect for use on vintage yacht or as an important addition in a collection.

Recessed seconds dial with bezel and patent date
 The original Seth Thomas Maker's Mark

  Full face showing elongated lever slot and touch-up 

CONDITION: The porcelain dial is heavily crackled and slightly yellowed with age. There is a 1 mm trapezoid loss of finish at the XII position that has been touched-up with paint which scarcely shows from a few feet away. The darkened steel Spade hands are original, but the glass has been replaced . The case has the especially pleasing untouched patina that knowledgeable collectors search for. The stand is a bit small. There is a remnant of a small old label on the back which is illegible. The Eight Day, Double Wind movement runs for four days, and The timing mechanism was set with an electronic timer on August 30, 2012 by our clocksmith...

Dimensions: Cartridge Brass Case 6 1/2" x 3 1/8", Dial Diameter 6"
Weight 3.3 pounds

International buyers welcome, but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, 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. Shipping charges, within the continental United States are refundable if 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.

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards or PayPal accepted on this item.

If you can afford the rarest, don't miss out on this Seth Thomas antique ships clock It is a worthy investment or a fine addition to a collection or as an important gift.

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