Fine French Mantel Clock circa 1840
We were called to London to look at an antique French mantel clock that had fallen to the floor.
The clock was kept at Winfield House on behalf of the American Embassy. We often receive historically important pieces, and this particular clock was bequeathed to the property from President Lincoln's estate.
The clock unfortunately in a distressed state. The dial was broken, the movement had a bent winding shaft and the main shaft arbor was missing completely. The movement also had other broken wheels and shafts. The marble base had cracked.
Below you can see photographs of the clock as we received it, prior to restoration.
In the centre, you can see that the main arbour is missing. You can also see the bent shaft which corresponds with the damage on the dial in the second photograph.
The images below are of the damaged marble base, and the second photograph was taken after our restoration.
Repairing marble is often quite complicated especially when matching old marble because of its aging over time.
In this next enlarged photograph you can see that the right-hand side winding hole, where the damage once was, has been restored completely.
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