Posted 6 months ago
Hello! Its been a little while, but I have a lot of things to post so hopefully I’ll be more active on here. This is the (what i thought to be 1800’s era) gustav becker converted grandfather clock that I am restoring for my grandmother. I have put a lot of hours in and so far I have the entire case back to bare wood. The case is almost ready for finish, but i still have a few pieces of trim to sand first. The head trim piece you can see in the fourth photo took very long time to get to this point, and unfortunately i couldn't do it without taking it apart. I had to remove all three of those wooden pennials in order to get them sanded properly. All of the extras, including the lower door, the glass door, the feet, the trim for the bottom, the doorknob for the lower door and the hardware have all been either stripped or restored back to their former glory. And if you couldn't tell from the photos, the westminster chime movement is working once again! After a spring shortening and a bit of oil it is running better than ever. I got it all set up, and i think now it is pretty obvious what format case the movement had been in originally. Thats right, a wall clock. Not sure exactly what model or what year exactly, but after looking at the symbol on the movement, and doing a few google searches, I was able to determine that it was made sometime between 1915 and 1935. So it is not as old as I thought I was, but in the end, i suppose this is good news because there appears to be much less wear on the movement than their would be had it have been an older movement. Also, I wanted to ask if any of you had some advice for the finish? I think I asked this in my previous post, but I’m still undecided as to if I want to use just boiled linseed oil, or perhaps stain it and do something else entirely. Regardless, whatever the idea, feel free to drop it in the comments. And, as usual, thanks for looking!