Seeking opinions on how far to restore my tower clock

Discussion in 'Tower, Monumental & Street Clocks' started by Stotman, Nov 25, 2014.

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  1. Stotman

    Stotman Registered User

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    Hello all, I am welcoming all opinions on how far I should restore my Seth Thomas #2 tower clock.

    I spoke to the guy I purchased it from and he informed me it came from a Jewelry Store in Gloversville, NY.

    I looked up the record and discovered this clock was used to replace the old movement in a Brown Street Clock. This would explain the light corrosion and oxidation on the movement.

    I am definitely going to dismantle and clean the clock. A lot of the old gold paint is gone from the pendulum and suspension bar. Of course the brass is oxidized.

    My question is, do I polish and paint the appropriate parts, so it looks new again, or clean it up and keep it pretty much the same.

    Thanks in advance for your input.
     

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  2. Burkhard Rasch

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    #2 Burkhard Rasch, Nov 25, 2014
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    IMHO it's a matter of personal taste.Even if You polished all brass parts and removed all rust from the steel parts Your clock would not look like new.What I do is:I polish brass because I like it shiny,then apply wax to prevent tarnishing.I don't laquer.Same with steel parts,the originaly laquered/painted parts I´d leave alone as long as the original paint is stable.But as said that's a personal opinion.
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  3. Stotman

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  4. jakematic

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    Great news Stotman.

    Post an update now and again here please to remind us.
    I know my memory isn't what it used to be :whistle:
     
  5. Stotman

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    You got it.
     
  6. Burkhard Rasch

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    #6 Burkhard Rasch, Dec 3, 2014
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    saw Your two clocks:gorgeous!Congrats to both! BTW do You know that E.Korfhage is still in business ,actual owner is E.Korfhage 5th generation.I've had contact with him several times and have found him a verry handsome and helpfull guy,just in case You needed infos or parts.He has a huge collection of towerclocks both by his ancestors and other firms.
    Burkhard
     

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