Solomon Crosby Spring made this rare hanging calendar clock that has many famous names attached to it. In 1868 Spring became partners with Elisha Welch and transferred his calendar clocks into the new firm. Springs old shop became the case factory for the firm. This clock has a B. B. Lewis calendar mechanism and a Welch type weight driven movement. The label in the case says, “Manufactured Expressly for L. F. & W. W. Carter, Bristol, Conn.” The label does not give credit to any clockmaker. In Tran Duy Ly’s calendar book he calls the clock, “Welch, Spring & Co. Transitional Hanging Calendar”, and in his Welch book he calls it a L.F. & W. W. Carter Calendar. In any event it is a magnificent two weight, 8 day time only clock. The 48 inch rosewood case is clean and fresh from a collector’s home where it has been proudly displayed for many years. The only fault I find on the clock is a broken spindle on the right side of the calendar. I tried to get it in place for the picture, but did not do a good job. It should be an easy fix for any semi talented person. As you know the calendar dial is enclosed and not exposed to the elements so does not discolor like the time dial. All the wood parts and internal working parts appear to be original and in fine working condition. Ly-Calendar, page 353; Ly-Welch, page 140. $3000-$4000.
Waterbury Clock Co. “Calendar No.25”, ca 1908. Large oak, hanging double dial clock, a tad under 50” tall, case a little dark, no evidence of cleaning. When the clock came in with a collection, the owner-collector told us that he got it from a northern Ohio collector who said he had restored the clock years ago. We are unable to say positively that there are any new wood parts, brass was not polished, but the movements were cleaned and put in operating condition. The dials are original and the top dial has a few chips at the top right, visible in the picture. The bob and wood stick, beat scale, pair of brass weights, hands, and all case hardware, appear to all be original to this clock. I forgot to put the pendulum and weights in the case before taking the picture so pictured them separately. The door is key lock on the side, there is no key. The 8 day, two weight, time only movement, has dead beat escapement, retaining power, solid polished movement plates, and ten inch dials. This fine clock is ready to hang and enjoy. The last one we sold brought $4900. Ly-Waterbury, pages 108-109. $2500-$3000.
Seth Thomas “Office Calendar No.3”, or the Peanut as known to most clock collectors, ca 1863. A very hard to find model in good original condition. The case is 24 inches tall and covered with mahogany veneer. Some minor patchwork on the rounded bezels. The case has its original finish, now dark but it suits me the way it is. The dials have been repainted, the hands are correct, the two glasses are old but have been out of the bezels and put back, probably when they repaired the veneer. There is a key lock on the case side, and there is a key with it. The movements are original to the clock. The 8 day time movement is round, has two springs but is time only, and the original calendar movement was made by the Mix Brothers. The movements are functioning correctly, and the other parts, pendulum, keys, etc. are the type we see with this model. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 92; Ly-Calendar #600. $3500-$3750.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No. 3 ½ Parlor-Black Dial”, ca 1881. The clock has an 8 day spring movement and strikes a nickeled bell each hour. Other nickel accessories include hands, pendulum, and sashes. The clock case is 20.5 inches high with good original carvings on the top, around both dials, and two large carved ornaments on each side. There is some silver paint around the side carvings. The clock certainly is not mint for it is very dirty mostly from being in storage and the upper black dial shows wear. That is an easy fix for they were paper dials originally and you can order replacements. All the carvings are complete and have no breaks or repairs. The top dial is original and the bottom is silver paint on glass and it is original. It has the correct glass pendulum bob with the letters, “ICCCo” engraved on the front. This is the two backboard model but Bubba managed to glue them together in his home workshop. He also did not like the nails holding the backboard on the case so he engineered a better way to hold them on. We have sold several of this model over the years and it has always been a very collectable model bringing $5000 to $6000, if very nice. I won’t call this one very nice yet, for it needs a good cleaning inside and out, and a new upper dial. Ly-Calendar, pages 132-135. $3000-$3500.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No.4”, ca 1879. The 32 inch walnut case has been cleaned and restored back to near original condition, except, it needs more polish. They took the cheap route when restoring in that they bought new paper dials from the old LaRose supply company rather than spend the money for a repaint. The roller papers were also changed. The previous owner also bought Fashion finials from LaRose and stained them to match the case. We bought the LaRose stock of Fashion finials when they went out of business so if you ever need Fashion finials Horton’s has a large stock of them. The Fashion glass is very good; there are two original labels inside, correct pendulum with wood stick, large brass bell, four hands, and two original Seth Thomas movements. The 8 day movement is signed, clean, and running. This could be a very nice clock if you would have the Dial House paint the dials, and put some polish on the wood. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 119; Ly-Calendar, page 286. $1500-$2000.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. Ithaca, NY, “Index” calendar model, ca 1875. In nice condition this model will usually bring $1500 to $2000, however this clock is missing the two top side moldings. The base pieces, although still in place, need to be glued or nailed to make it stronger. The walnut case is 32 inches high, has a good original gilt “Index” glass, old paper dials, and hands. The 8 day running movement and the calendar movement are both in good condition and it strikes on a nickel bell. It comes with a signed original winding key but the pendulum bob is a replacement. With a little case work and some polish the clock would be good again. This clock is not pictured in Ly-Calendar Clocks, but is shown in Millers Calendar book. It was a special order model with a little different top and side columns. We see more of this clock than those pictured in Ly-Calendar. They regularly sell at east coast auctions for up to $2500. $700-$900.