Outstandingty tall case or Grandfather clock, movement by JJ Elliott London, retailed by Charles Jaques Clock Co, New York, Ca. 1890.
The movement is Elliott's rare top of the line model, with both the 8 bell chimes, or 4 gongs sounding at the quarter hour, striking the hour on a fifth larger, very deep sounding gong.
No expense or option was spared in the making of this tall clock as to either the case or the movement!
High quality features start with the inlays in the top front of the bonnet, string inlays in the bonnet door, the gorgeous scallop shell, string inlay, quarter fans and floral urn in the waist door, and the center cartouche and quarter fans in the base section of the case.
Both the full columns on the bonnet, and the quarter columns in the waist section have cast brass Corinthian capitals. The flutes in the columns are inlaid with brass. The original brass finials are spun.
The finish of the case is original, and is in excellent condition, with only a few areas of MINOR alligatoring, and one must look closely to see it. This finish of this clock is also unusual as it is two tone. The front top of the bonnet, the waist door, and the front panel of the base are a lighter color, giving the clock an interesting, contrasting appearance.
The base ending with a scalloped skirt, and all four feet in a French splayed style... another high quality feature. The feet are original with no repairs.
As for repairs... all I found was an old repair to the lower base section of the case, where it had split.
The repair runs thru the inlay, and was very well done... unnoticeable unless you get on your hands and knees. This is an old repair. On the inside of the case, there was work to stop the case from splitting again.
Professional caliber restoration work...... top to bottom.
Every brass item on the case was painstakingly removed, polished and clear coated. This delays future tarnishing of the brass.
The case itself was first polished (to remove black film), then moisturized, and finally waxed with Johnsons amber paste wax.
The original silk fabric covering the bonnet sound vents was rotten, and replaced with gold colored silk fabric.
The movement was completely disassembled and meticulously overhauled. Details such as every screw head de-burred and polished.
The leather tips of hammers replaced, weight cables replaced, weight pulleys disassembled, cleaned, polished, clear coated and lubricated. Weights and pendulum polished and clear coated.
The dial was completely disassembled. Gold plated parts chemically cleaned, as you cannot rub them. Brass parts polished and clear coated. Screw heads de-burred and polished. (see photos of movement to see back of dial)
Silver plated parts were stripped down to the brass, engravings filled, then re-silver plated and clear coated to prevent future tarnishing. The moon disc was restored by The Dial House in 1978.
The dial, the hands, the pendulum, the movement, saddle board and other misc parts are all original, and have matching serial numbers. "1814" or "14".
This clock is 93 inches tall.... 3 inches under 8 feet, and will fit in any home. $14,950.00