This was the smallest Seth Thomas Sonora Case and is highly sought after for its compact design yet powerful movement, sound, and build. This clock is unrestored and is in the exact condition in which it was found when obtained from a very old estate in Historic Shaker Heights, Ohio. THE ORIGINAL DUAL WINDING KEY IS PRESENT. THE CLOCK EVEN HAS THE "CALLING CARD" OF THE REPAIR SHOP THIS PIECE WOULD VISIT WHEN IN NEED OF REPAIR. THE SHOP, "THE CLOCK HOSPITAL, " ESTABLISHED IN 1905, WAS LOCATED IN PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA ON PENN AVE, AND THE DATES OF MAINTENANCE ARE CLEARLY DISPLAYED.The clock measurements are approximately 10 3/4" Wide, 6 3/4" Deep, and 9 1/2 High. A side lever is for Chime Silent or the opposite in which it plays Westminster Chimes. An amazing clock made circa 1914. Convex bevel edge Glglass, with original Silvered Metal Dial.
THE CHIMES ARE RESONANT, WITH TIMBRE AND DECAY AFTER EACH NOTE. THE NEW OWNER WILL NEED TO SET THE BELL CHAMBER PROPERLY TO OBTAIN FULL SOUND EFFECT DURING RESTORATION. THIS SETH THOMAS SONORA CHIME CLOCK NUMBER 55 1914 IS LISTED IN NOTED AUTHORITY TRAN DUY LYS SETH THOMAS CLOCKS AND MOVEMENTS THIRD EDITION, VOLUME 1, PAGE 151. THE SONORA 55 IS DELIGHTFUL, WITH A HIGH GRADE SATIN DULL RUBBED RIBBON MAHOGANY PATINA AND A CLEAN AND STYLISH YET COMPACT CASE DESIGN THAT WAS UNMATCHED AT THAT TIME.
THE DORIC TOP STYLING AND DUAL SIDE PANELS AS WELL AS FULL BONNET ARE HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE. THE 5 ½ INCH DIAL AND COMPLEMENTING BRASS BEZEL WITH HEAVY CONVEX AND BEVELED DIAL GLASS PRESENT A DIAL FACE OF EAST READING AND BEAUTY. THE FEET ARE ORIGINAL BRASS BUTTON AND THE BEVELED VERTICAL FRONT CABINET EDGES GIVE THE SONORA 55 ADDED ELEGANCE.
WITH THE SONORA 55 DESIGN, SETH THOMAS ACHIEVED THE SONORA SOUND IN A SMALLER CABINET. THIS GAVE CUSTOMERS LOOKING FOR A SONORA WITH SMALLER FLEXIBLE PLACEMENT AN OPTION THEY WERE LOOKING FOR - THE SONORA 55, A RARE TIMEPIECE OF WHICH VERY FEW SURVIVE TO DATE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER SONORAS BECAUSE IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST OF ITS KIND AND WAS TREMENDOUSLY RELIABLE, AND ATTRACTIVE.
THE WINDING HOLE NEAR THE "8" IS FOR THE HOUR COUNT CHIME; THE ONE NEAR THE "4" IS FOR THE TIME TRAIN. BOTH THE HOUR COUNT AND TIME TRAIN ARE HANDLED BY THE NO. ANOTHER HOLE AT THE "3" IS FOR WINDING THE QUARTER-HOUR WESTMINSTER CHIMES, HANDLED BY THE NO. A SMALLER HOLE BELOW THE HAND SHAFT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DIAL IS FOR ACCESSING THE SLOW-FAST TIME ADJUSTMENT.
THE WESTMINSTER SEQUENCE WOULD BE SOUNDED ON THE NEST OF FOUR BELLS. THE HOUR COUNT WOULD BE SOUNDED AS A FULL BODIED NOTE ON SONORA BELL 4. THIS IS CONSIDERED A MID TO COMPACT SIZE DORIC CABINET SONORA CHIME CLOCK.THE PRICE TAG WOULD HAVE BEEN PROHIBITIVE AND THIS CLOCK WOULD HAVE GRACED THE HOME OR COTTAGE OF AN ELITE FAMILY. BEGIN YOUR RESTORATION ON THIS RARE AND SOUGHT AFTER MODEL. The item "Rare Antique SETH THOMAS 4 BELL WESTMINSTER SONORA CHIME CLOCK #55 Circa 1914" is in sale since Saturday, April 3, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Shelf, Mantel". The seller is "justify55" and is located in Huntsburg, Ohio.
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