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Vintage Centurion 35 Day Chiming Mantel Clock - Bracket, Cabinet, Mantle, Shelf - Chimes on Two Rods, Professionally Restored, Mvmt Serviced

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This is a Vintage Centurion 35 Day Chiming Mantel Clock that Chimes on Two Rods. Also known as a Bracket, Cabinet, Mantle or Shelf clock. Professionally Restored, Movement fully serviced. This is in beautiful condition, a mantel clock made in Korea around just before 1980. It is designed to resemble an older clock, with some tiny amount of simulated aging to the case finish, plus it has picked up a few dings and scrapes along the way, nothing detracts that much. The largest mark is on the back door, lower corner, which of course won't be seen when it is sitting on your mantle. This one has a very nice design, very artistic. Has a sturdy wood case finished walnut color with a nice bracket handle on the top that can be used to lift the clock to carry it around. The finish is carefully preserved in its original smooth, factory shine - not too glossy, not refinished (see reflections in picture). There are no extra screw holes, indicating this is the correct original movement. All the screws are original and snug.

It is in perfect working condition. It has a signed 35-day time and strike movement that runs like new. The clock chimes once on the half-hour, and counts the hours on a two chime bars simultaneously with a very nice sound. It resonates for many seconds after chiming. You only have to wind this clock once a month! The chimes are self adjusting, rack and snail type found in early high-quality English or French repeater clocks. This means it will never get out of sync with the hands if you forget to wind it!.
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It has a wide pendulum swing and a very even, pleasant ticking sound as it runs, not too loud of ticking, quieter than most of these kind of clocks. The brass movement was recently cleaned, adjusted and oiled, saving you $75-$150 over other "as found" clocks. This is a labor intensive service where the entire movement was disassembled, cleaned, each gear was inspected for damage, pivot polished and bushings inspected for wear, new bushings where needed, mainsprings cleaned and lubricated, and re-assembled. This was done for you so you can enjoy it right away rather than waiting on a repair shop. Not many of the other 30 or 31 day movements you may find elsewhere get this detailed treatment. After cleaning, the entire movement was oiled with synthetic clock oil, and then tested for several months with monthly windings. It will not need cleaning again for about 10 years. I have included a couple pictures of the movement up close so you can see its "inner beauty" and cleanliness. Everything remains original to this movement to preserve its value, including the longer mainsprings used on this movement to ensure very accurate time keeping between windings.

The large, aluminum dial is in wonderful, near perfect condition - with sharp looking, raised, gold colored decorations in each of the four corners, and black numbers and minute marks. Small scratch near the upper part of the dial, hard to see from normal distances - see pictures. The pendulum has an adjustment nut for fast and slow on the bottom. The hands are original as well as the nut holding them, and are black for great visibility across the room.

Has the original back door in nice condition, and a latch that holds it securely closed. All hinges are in perfect working condition (they do not sag either). Complete with the original pendulum and a large key. This is very rare, usually they are lost and replaced with narrower keys by now. The extra wide key makes it easier to wind, especially important for the elderly.

The clock is quite large and heavy, it measures about 12 1/2 inches high, 6 1/2 inches deep and 10 1/2 inches wide. Thus it is not as deep as a Seth Thomas bracket clock, so it can fit on a narrower shelf or mantel. The minute hand is 3 " long. This clock must have been cherished its entire life, and it is looking for a new home on your shelf or fireplace mantel, and most of all, it runs great! Check my feedback and buy with confidence! Also check my shop for more clocks and metronomes I have or will be listing.

From an NAWCC bulletin, this movement was manufactured by several companies in S. Korea. The companies generally went out of business in 1984. This makes these clocks harder to find. These old or antique clocks with brass movements are amazing - can you imagine any other mechanical item made today still working well after 35 or more years? Another amazing fact is with proper maintenance and care they will work easily for another century, as these movements are made to be serviced as easily or easier as other American clocks from long ago! There are no plastic or rubber parts in these, only brass plates and gears with steel pinions, pivots and arbors. The case must have been made by a master craftsman or furniture maker by the quality of the construction and detailed trim. A very well-designed clock! This clock would also make a great present!

Clocks are an excellent investment and valuable asset in your estate. Each one is unique in its quality and characteristics, often due to the different manufacturers each having their own patented movements. These clocks should only appreciate in value and beauty with age as long as they are not abused. Your family will have joy in the choice of this clock you choose today and it will be cherished for years to come. Even vintage clocks can be handed down to the next generation and so on, eventually becoming true antiques. Clocks are one of the few antiques that serve many purposes besides what they were designed to do (telling time): Their beautiful cases and trim decorate your home and they fill your home with pleasant sounds as the movement does its wonderful work. Your children will remember these sounds as they grow up.

I will include an instruction sheet describing how to unpack, set-up and run this clock.

Vintage Centurion 35 Day Chiming Mantel Clock - Bracket, Cabinet, Mantle, Shelf - Chimes on Two Rods, Professionally Restored, Mvmt Serviced


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: wood, brass, steel, dark oak, gears, spring, weight, movement, key wind, glass, mahogany, chimes, walnut
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 54 reviews
  • Favorited by: 34 people