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Posted 7 years ago

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I am looking for more info about this clock. I think it is made of bronze, has beautiful details and it is in good condition.
Thank you

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  1. Bruce, 7 years ago
    Hi, you have a New Haven "Roman" Figure Mantel Clock circa 1900. The castings for these clocks were made of finished Spelter which should be treated as a very fragile material when it is cast into long, thin shapes. This brings us to some significant issues with your clock. The clock tower is missing side ornaments and the Roman statue is missing part of his helmet, his sword and his shield. In addition, he's been refinished which normally will reduce the value of this clock to most collectors. To see a complete example of this clock with an age appropriate finish see: http://p2.la-img.com/289/20238/6957101_1_l.jpg
    Enjoy your clock. it's a nice piece of art that someone has rescued. Regards

  2. monicanic, 7 years ago
    Hi Bruce,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write all the information. Do you think it is worth to restore it? Or do you have an idea of the value in this condition.
  3. Bruce, 7 years ago
    Hi Monica,

    You're welcome. People who repair and refinish Spelter statues and ornaments on clocks are hard to find and they usually charge accordingly. It's just not easy to work with. Also, unless you have the missing pieces, restoration would be VERY expensive. Most dealers and collectors that I've dealt with would probably "part out" this clock in order to try and put a "Roman" together that was representative of one in original condition. In original, mint condition these clocks have been most recently appraised by Tran Duy Ly (2000) at $750. That's why I suggested that someone rescued your clock with their artwork.

    If someone liked the artwork, they might value the clock. If a collector needed parts from the clock tower, or the base he or she might value the clock but I don't think that most collectors would be interested. I could be mistaken. Whatever it is worth to you, that's what it is worth. In an auction, or in the marketplace, who knows? Enjoy it. It's unique and very nicely done.

    Best regards
  4. Monica, 7 years ago
    Hi Bruce,
    I guess we'll just have to hold on to it. Maybe in a 1000 years more "Romans" will lose their swords and shields and decide to "dress up" like mine:)
    Thanks again for your insight,

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