Old clock. Is it authentic?

lamikam

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I have had this clock sitting in my garage for 25 years. See lot of pics here - . It was my great-aunt's. I got it when she passed away. She had A LOT of really nice artwork, china,. I know it is at least 60 years old and remember playing with it as a child. It is pretty beat-up. I have posted to some forums on reddit (r/clocks) and several people are thinking it a a 19th century from France. I cannot see any manufacturer's name/marking on it. I would like to know if it is authentic from the period, and not some replica, and if so, is it worth getting restored? Thank you!
 

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It does indeed look to be 19th century French - and would make quite a decorative item in good order. If it were earlier than 19thC, the detail on the figures would be better, but it is still a nice decorative piece. Restoration to the mechanism will be much more expensive, as roughbarked says, due to the extensive rust, and you might want to have a go at cleaning up the outside of the case before that suffers the same fate. But a nice clock
 
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lamikam

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It does indeed look to be 19th century French - and would make quite a decorative item in good order. If it were earlier than 19thC, the detail on the figures would be better, but it is still a nice decorative piece. Restoration to the mechanism will be much more expensive, as roughbarked says, due to the extensive rust, and you might want to have a go at cleaning up the outside of the case before that suffers the same fate. But a nice clock
thanks
 

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A bit of surface rust never hurt anyone...but time to clean it up now rather than later.
 
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It really is quite a shame that somehow the clock seems to have endured a flood at one time and that the subsequent rusting will add to the restoration costs.
 

Mr. Time

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What a waste.

The total restoration cost will more than likely far exceed what the clock is actually worth, maybe?

Though it's current condition would definitely be a challenge for someone to attempt a total restoration, IMHO.

By the way....what is the name of that style of clock and movement?
 
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JimmyOz

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The rust is not that bad, the click springs should be replaced, however the pivots look okay.
 
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Ralph B

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Nothing very complicated here.
I'd happily buy it with a view to restoration if I saw it come up on Ebay.
The killer would probably be the postage cost.....
Ralph.
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