Baird Advertiser clock, 1890-1896. Edward Baird started out as an apprentice for Seth Thomas and formed his own clock company in Montreal in 1887. In 1890 Baird moved his manufacturing to Plattsburgh NY, where this clock was made (as evidenced by the label in the lower window). The time-only movement was made by Seth Thomas and is signed Baird Clock Co., Plattsburgh, NY. The doors are made of papier mâché and the advertising lettering is molded into the papier mâché, but these doors lack the original advertising. Although Baird made a few clocks without advertising, Jerry Maltz, who wrote the book on Baird clocks, says it is likely that someone stripped the paint with a solvent that dissolved the raised lettering in the process. As a result, the advertising around the upper and lower doors was lost. Perhaps they just didn’t like the advertisement. Anyway, the lettering here is made of plaster of Paris, painted, and glued onto the repainted doors. The case is burgundy-stained pine, as is typical. The signed paper dial is a later replacement on a painted gray dial pan which may be original; the upper glass is old, the lower glass a newer replacement. The hands are correct but the minute hand is a replacement; the pendulum bob is typical of Baird clocks. The clock is running and keeping time. This is an impressive looking clock that will be a conversation piece among your friends, but is probably not for the Baird purist. Incidentally, Five Brothers Tobacco was a legitimate company started in 1866 by the Finzer brothers in Louisville, KY. They were taken over by the American Tobacco Company in 1911. $500-$1000.Movement Label Prepaid shipping: $100
Ansonia Pepsi Cola Advertiser calendar clock, ca. 1900’s. This 30-inch round top appears to be the somewhat uncommon “Regulator C” model. It has an Ansonia label on the back and an Ansonia 8-day time-and-strike movement that is running and striking on the half-hour and hour on an Ansonia wire gong. The hands bind and stop the clock if the holding pin is too tight. The finish is too dark to reveal the wood type, but this model came in oak or rosewood. The upper glass is a replacement; the lower glass is wavy and has advertising slogans from about 1900 stenciled in gold. The stenciling shows too little wear to be original. The paper advertiser dial on the zinc dial pan is old but also not likely to be original, as the slogan “Pepsi, the nickel drink worth a dime” wasn’t introduced until 1934 and at that time Ansonia clocks were no longer being manufactured in the US. The hands are certainly old, as is the large and heavy brass bob; there is a penciled service record on the backboard behind the movement from 1932. I can find no sales examples for this particular model, but Pepsi advertisers typically retail for $400-$800.Prepaid shipping: $100
Lone Trail Cigar advertiser clock, ca. 1910. This is likely a Japanese box clock made for Schmidt & Company cigar manufacturers out of New York City. Schmidt & Co. were in business from 1875 to 1915 and marketed a number of cigar lines, each with a unique brand and label. This Lone Trail brand label was copyrighted in 1901. The label continues to be a popular image, and if you have an original cigar box label for this brand it is currently worth well over $1000. This clock is not that valuable. The movement is unsigned, 8-day time and strike and is running efficiently. Everything appears original except the hands, including the lower cut glass and the paper dial, unfortunately stained with oil on the right side. The original finish is very dark but there is a nice routed pattern on the door frame, with rope twists above and below. The clock is 18.25 inches high. Why are Native Americans associated with cigar sales? Presumably because they introduced tobacco to Europeans in the 1500’s. Indeed, the first profitable crop from the Jamestown colony was tobacco for export to England. No comparable sales for this clock, but original advertisers like this retail for $500-$1000.Prepaid shipping: $40
Waterbury “Cigar Cutter” advertiser clock, ca. 1910. Waterbury made several models of cigar cutters for various retailers; this is the most common model, made for King Alfred Cigars. This is a 13.5-inch cast iron cutter that has been painted in colors appropriate to the period and the colors of King Alfred cigar boxes. The working cutter is in the arm that protrudes from the front of the clock. By placing the tip of the cigar in the hole in the arm and lightly pressing down, the arm moves downward and a blade slides across the hole and clips the cigar tip. The 30-hour Waterbury backwind clock with a seconds bit is running and keeping pretty good time. The signed paper dial appears to be original, but shows considerable staining; the glass may be new, the hands are probably original. The patent date on the back of the clock is from 1901, and the clock is signed below the patent. Schmitt’s sold a badly worn model with a non-working clock in May 2011 for $900. Incidentally, King Alfred is considered to be the first King of England; Winston Churchill called him the greatest Englishman who ever lived. Unlike Mr. Churchill, King Alfred never smoked a cigar; he ruled Wessex (England) in the late 9th century, before tobacco made it to the Old World. $600-$3000.