How do you identify your Revere Westminster or General Electric Westminster Clock? One thing that has changed over the past few years is the price, notably on eBay. Bid prices have increased as popularity has grown. One thing that hasn’t seemed to change is the sellers’ descriptions. It still appears that many are still providing misleading information as to the history, working condition, and especially, the age of the clock.
Whether you currently own a Revere or GE Westminster Clock, you may be interested in the costs of repairing or maintaining. This holds especially true if you are looking at one on eBay. Almost all of the clocks you are going to see have some sort of issues. Click onto our Guide WE’LL REPAIR YOUR REVERE, TELECHRON OR GENERAL ELECTRIC CLOCK for more details. On that particular guide, you’ll be able to get a better understanding of what the seller is trying to say, and about how much it will cost to fix.
We also need to point out that eBay limits us to what we can put in this guide. Not only are we limited to 10 small photos, but we are also not allowed to post links to outside sites. Our website at Silverdollarproductions.net is a treasure trove of information. Not only can you get information on determining the age of your Revere or GE Westminster, but we have an entire section devoted to Telechron Clocks and Telechron Clock Repair.
The list of 7 clocks you see below is not a comprehensive list of all the clocks in our database. Nor is it a comprehensive list of all the Reveres and General Electric Clocks you will find on eBay. The 7-clocks shown below are the most common models made after 1934 that you will find on eBay. Chances are you cannot browse eBay on any given week and find at least 2 of these clocks listed. If you wish to see other or more exotic models, you can visit our website. You can click onto our ME PAGE for additional links to our sites, and continue your journey there.
Revere Model R-913
The R-913 appears to have been one of Reveres most successful models. The simplistic styling and inexpensive retail price made this quite popular. Generally, you can find 2 or 3 examples of this clock for sale on eBay on any given week. This clock was made with both the Revere and Herschede nameplates. We’ve seen examples of this clock date as early as 1940 but seemed to hit a strong production between 1947 and 1955. We can confirm this clock was made up to at least 1960, but with a different movement. The clocks made prior to 1960 used the B-rotor movement shown at the bottom part of this guide. Later clocks used the smaller, less expensive H-rotor movements. The R-913 was made of diagonally grained Mahogany veneers, had solid brass hands, silvered dial, and brass bezels.
Revere Models R-935 and R-955
The stylish design and bold Birds-Eye Maple overlays on the front make this a popular clock found on eBay. This clock was produced under both the Revere and Herschede nameplates. One distinctive feature this clock had over others the same size was the sound quality. The acoustic shape of this case gives this clock a richer sound. This model was introduced right around 1941, and sales remained strong through 1947. We know for a fact production continued up to at least 1955 with the B-Rotor movement, and later clocks up to about 1960 used the smaller H-rotor Movement (mainly under the Herschede nameplate). The wood on this clock was all mahogany veneer. The bezel was brass and featured black metal hands over a fully silvered dial.
General Electric Model 414- The Rhapsody
We have been able to date production of the Rhapsody as far back as 1947. Production of this clock seemed to peak between 1951 and 1956. Apparently, the appeal of the clock overtook the high $72 retail price back then, as sales of this clock were very strong. Therefore, you can generally find one or two on eBay in a very short time. This clock had some very distinctive features. In addition to the beautifully grained Mahogany Veneers, the dial was a step up from others. It was a silvered dial, but the numbers were raised and made of solid brass. Unfortunately, most of the Rhapsody clocks you find on eBay are not as beautiful as our restored model shown above. The veneers seemed to wear and age considerably, most notably on the top. However, if you find a complete clock, it is worthy of professional attention.
General Electric Model 416- The Maestro
The Maestro was another Mid-1950 design made at the same time as the Rhapsody above. Though not as elegant as the Rhapsody, the $59 price tag and slightly larger case made it more appealing to the budget-minded. Like the Rhapsody, the 416 used a high-grade Mahogany Veneer giving it a very distinctive look. The clock also featured solid brass hands and a brass bezel.
Revere Model R-442
This particular model (and its kissing cousin R-458) doesn’t appear on eBay that often, but often enough to warrant posting in this guide. If you are lucky enough to come across one, don’t count on getting it cheap! However, you might get lucky enough to find one in fair condition. Since the four corner finials come out, make sure none of them are lost. Also, you’ll notice the clock has a wide array of small overlays around the corners and bottom edges. Watch for missing pieces there. Generally, if you can find one with an intact case, then the clock is worth restoring. Both the R-442 and R-458 were made during the early years of 1940. Both had very ornate dials and very high-grade Mahogany Veneers.
Revere R-935 (above) and R-939 (Below)
You can pretty much imagine that this half-moon design remains as a top-pick to eBay bidders! We are not sure exactly what the differences are between the 935 and 939, and we don’t believe it was the color. We do know the dark Mahogany version was introduced right around 1945, and the blonde version appeared right around 1949. Both models were made into the 1950s, but as you can figure, the blonde color became more popular as the decade progressed. Despite this, sales must not have been all that great as we have not seen one newer than 1955. Both of these clocks were made of Mahogany Veneer and had solid mahogany feet. The dials were more elaborate than others of the period, as they both used raised numbers (or dots) made of solid brass.
General Electric Model 420- The Overture
The Overture is a very stylish clock distinguished by the rope overlay along the bottom. This clock is featured in many 1951 and 1952 advertisements at $65, but we have seen examples dating back to 1946. The round, 5-inch dial used on this clock strongly contrasts the bold horizontal Mahogany veneer front. In the condition shown above, it is a very beautiful clock with rich, mellow sound. In addition to the stunning veneers used on this clock, it also had metal hands, a painted silvered-dial, and brass bezel.
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All of the clocks you see pictured on this guide are from our database of restored clocks. Odds are, any clock you find on eBay will not be as attractive, and the descriptions littered with different things wrong. The movement shown above is typical of all Revere and General Electric movements made between 1934 and 1959. They were generally all brass except during the war years when brass was in short supply. (Some parts in clocks during the War were steel). The design of this movement was very successful from the start, and was not changed until financial woes began to hit the electric clockmakers right around 1960. The movement above was run on the famous B-rotor. After 1960, Telechron designed a cheaper, smaller movement, which used the smaller H-rotor. Still a good movement compared to others of that time, the quality could not compare to the movement you see pictured.
If you open the back door on any Revere or General Electric Westminster and see a movement that looks like this, then you have a pre-1960 clock. Although, we would be willing to bet it will be greasy, dirty, gummed-up, and not look as new as the one shown above. That is because chances are the clock you have (or are considering) has not seen any professional service for at least 20-years. We have worked on many, many clocks upwards of 80-years old that had absolutely no indication of any service at all. Many eBay sellers advertise their Westminster clocks as WORKING, leading you to believe that it is ready to go. It’s not. Compare this to buying a 50-year old car off of eBay described as RUNNING. You would be silly to assume that just because the car is advertised as running, that it needs nothing. You can count on an old engine like that needing some sort of work, even possibly an expensive rebuild.
We specialize in the restoration of almost all Revere, General Electric, and Herschede clocks running the Telechron movement. Our process includes a full dismantling of the movement, cleaning, oiling and rebuilding piece-by-piece. We carry a large variety of parts including chime rods, glass, bezels, cords, gears, levers and alternate solutions for a dying or dead clock. All of our work is covered by our Iron-Clad Piece-of-Mind Warranties, and we offer one-on-one support during the process.
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