The Sucile's ornate gilt/copper metal feet, full column capitals and bases along with its antique gold colored incised stenciling create a strikingly beautiful appearance. This clock is powered by its original eight-day 89, 4-1/2 Seth Thomas hour, half-hour strike movement.
The half-hour is struck on a brass cup bell, and the hour on a deeply resonant cathedral bell (or gong). It has a 5-inch dial and measures 11 inches in height by 17 1/2 inches in width and 7 inches in depth.The Sucile appears on page 473 of noted authority Tran Duy Ly's "Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements" Third Edition, Volume 1. There are some minor dents , dings and flaws to the finish. These are mostly on the top, and corners which is typical of Adamantine finishes. Please keep in mind that this is an antique, not a reproduction.
The Adamantine finish is completely original. The movement was fully disassembled, cleaned and overhauled. Some questionable previous repairs were reversed and redone in the process.
Both plates have been re-bushed where needed and the remaining pivot holes were thoroughly cleaned. All pivots have been lathe polished.
The movement and mainsprings were reassembled and lubricated with high-quality synthetic lubricants. It was adjusted and regulated with an electronic timer to a very high degree of beat and rate accuracy, which it held on the bench and in the case for over two weeks (with one full winding per week). The movement is now in excellent health!
It is running a full eight days with a pendulum swing of 3 1/2 inches. It keeps excellent time and announces the hours and half hours without fail. Please note: We believe that this clock has been over-exposed to sunlight at some time in its past. Its Adamantine Finish and Celluloid Columns are basically made of an early plastic material. As such they can be degraded by over exposure to bright light.On the other hand, if they are protected from prolonged exposure to sunlight, they can age very well. The red mahogany color of the original Adamantine finish has faded to more of a light brown color. It still looks good against the green onyx colored columns in our opinion. After thorough cleaning and polishing, several coats of high-quality Carnuba paste wax were applied. The Celluloid Columns also exhibited some damage from sun exposure.
They had become a little brittle and susceptible to cracking. The four full columns were repaired and reinforced with properly sized hard wood dowel rods in order to help strengthen and protect them from accidental damage. The large half columns were also fragile with several cracks.The damage was repaired and the inner surfaces were coated with a layer of white casting resin to help strengthen them against inadvertent damage in the future. A flash was used on close up exposures so that you can clearly see the cracks.
These areas are rear-facing and the clock looks much better in person. If requested, set-up instructions can be included with the clock along with full contact information. An appropriate new Seth Thomas double-ended brass winding key will be supplied with the clock.To view more photos and a brief video of this clock striking the hour see this YouTube Video. Thank you for stopping by. The item "Beautifully restored Seth Thomas Adamantine Sucile mantel clock. Circa 1904" is in sale since Wednesday, June 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Shelf, Mantel". The seller is "quietstorm78" and is located in Hanover, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, Ecuador, Iceland, Sri lanka, Peru, Pakistan, Viet nam, Uruguay.