Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock

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  1. Armando Alcaraz

    Armando Alcaraz Registered User

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    Hello again, I recently acquired a Chelsea Ship's Clock that I have been able to get to run and it is keeping good time. I would like to know if I should restore the finish or leave it as is. It has a lot of "Muck" on the surface of the housing. It is set in it's original wooden base and Chelsea Key and has a Ship's Steering Wheel around it.

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  2. Uhralt

    Uhralt Registered User
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    Its a question of personal taste. I personally like these clocks shiny and would polish the brass.

    Uhralt
     
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  3. Levi Hutchins

    Levi Hutchins Registered User

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    Whether it is a question of the clock showing its venerable age, it would be worth checking out the serial number on the back of the movement:

    Serial Numbers

    I would guess circa 1950.

    (It would be advisable to replace the two missing screws on the dial. (^8)
     
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  4. brian fisher

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    if it were mine, I would polish it up.
     
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  5. Bruce Barnes

    Bruce Barnes Registered User

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    Nice clock...first of all warm soapy water on the metal and wood soap on the base and then review.Too many times the case and base are "attacked" with abrasive cleaners with out looking at a semi cleaned surface.
    Regards,
    Bruce
     
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    Look it over carefully before doing an in depth polishing. Some of those Chelsea yacht style clocks, the outer ring is bronzed and not bright brass. You would not want to damage that contrasting finish. If you shine it up will you lacquer or wax it to deter fingerprints and re-oxidation.
     
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  8. the 3rd dwarve

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    Armando,

    I enlarged your pictures as much as I could and it looks to me like your clock has been exposed to salt air for an extended time frame resulting in serious degradation of the case. The green crusty spots and small fuzzy white streaks I see on the surface lead me to believe your case has bronze disease. Left untreated this will only get worse.

    Basically what happens to brass in a salt air environment is some of the copper in the brass reacts with the salt and moisture in the air and forms cuprous chloride (a white salt) and cupric chloride (a green salt). Once this has started any moisture in the air will perpetuate the process.

    Here’s a link to a previous discussion on bronze disease:

    ? Removing green tarnish from an E. Howard bob.

    Please keep us posted on what you do to this case.

    Good luck,

    D~
     
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  9. Armando Alcaraz

    Armando Alcaraz Registered User

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    Thank you to all who have replied. I will make sure to replace what is missing, wash, clean and shine what I can an assure that she get the TLC she needs!!
     
  10. Armando Alcaraz

    Armando Alcaraz Registered User

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    My serial number is between 1970/74-1975/79. It's somewhere in the middle.
     
  11. Armando Alcaraz

    Armando Alcaraz Registered User

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    The bath seems like the better way to assure that everything gets naturalized. Thanks for the link!
     

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