Seth Thomas 5-Bell Sonora Chimes!! Beautiful Chimes!!

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 29, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House

Antique Clocks, Pocket Watches, Etc. Seth Thomas 5-Bell Sonora Chimes!!
Date: Circa 1905 - Over A Century Old!!
Dial: Beveled Glass; Silvered Dial with Arabic Numerals; "SETH THOMAS - SONORA CHIMES" spelt out just above where the hands come out of the Dial; a Fast/Slow regulator just below where the hands are; and Spade Hands
Movement: 8-Day Running Duration; Five Bells, each with its own Leather Hammer; Sonora "Echoing Chamber" just below the Bells. The Movement Chimes out 4 Chimes for each Quarter Hour segment, then at the Hour, the Movement will Strike all 16 Chimes very delicately and very Sonorously, and then Strikes the Hour. Cleaned in 2009.
Case: Made from solid Mahogany & its in excellent condition except for a small chip missing by the upper right hand side by the back door; has an "On/Off" Switch for the Chimes (the hour will still strike); and the door on the back has a small circle of cloth, which will better enable the sound to be heard. The clock stands 14.25 inches tall, 10.25 inches wide and 7.25 inches deep.
Comments: Sonora Chimes are getting very hard to find now a days. My wife is very upset with me for listing it, but I've got bills to pay! If you should be lucky enough to purchase the clock, you'll be amazed at how much more Sonorous or soothing and resonant that the chimes are!!

Hello, And Thank You For Taking The Time To Look At Our Listing!
Just As A Note, The Clock Is Running Fine, Keeping Good Time,
And Should Provide Many More Years Of Excellent Service!!
The Dial has Beveled Glass, along with being Silvered & has Arabic Numerals. "SETH THOMAS - SONORA CHIMES" is spelt out just under the '12' and there is a Fast/Slow regulator just below where the Spade hands arbor is.
With the Original Beveled Glass cover open, you are better able to see the other details of the dial, e.g. the dots, which signify each minute marker, the arrows over the three large holes in the dial that show you which direction each of the three cranks should be turned. Then at the bottom left hand corner of the clock, you can see the double-ended key. The key is double ended so that you can use the larger end to wind the clock's three cranks & the other end to fit into the crank under the "F/S" to better allow you to regulate the speed of the clock!
A close-up shot of the dial, just showing it in better detail. At the very bottom of the dial, you can see where it says, "Made By Seth Thomas In U.S.A.".
An ultra close-up of "SETH THOMAS SONORA CHIME".
The left hand corner of the clock, showing the beauty of the grain of the wood, and the clock's key.
This shot shows the same beautiful grain on the right hand side of the clock, along with the switch that allows you to silence the chimes, if you should so wish.
A close up of the switch, which would silence the chimes. You can see the patina on its plate, from the age of the clock and also the notches the lever will slide into when you have it where you want it. The switch is currently in the up position, which allows the chimes to play.
The back case, like the rest of the clock, is in excellent shape, except for the small chip of wood missing from the top, left hand side of the door. But all in all, not bad for over a Century of use! You can also see a small circle in the middle of the door, this is to better allow the sound to echo of the wall behind the clock!
With the back door open, you can see the magnificent and recently cleaned movement (cleaned in 2009). You can also see the 5 Bells along the bottom right hand side of the clock and a Hammer with a Leather end on it, ready to either chime the Quarter Hours or to Strike the Hours! The Sonora Chimes delicately chime out each Quarter Hour with 4 strikes for each Quarter hour. So 4 strikes for the 15 minute marker, then 8 strikes for the half hour, 12 strikes for the 45 minute mark and the finally at the hour the clock will chime out the full 16 chimes and then sounds out the Hour!! And if...