Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 3”, ca 1879. The 32” high walnut case has the original finish, but cleaned. Not as dark or black as many we have seen, but there is some faint accumulation of smoke in the crevices. It needs some polish and rubbing to restore an original look. We have the original Texas star pendulum, and a winding key. Everything about the clock appears to be original with the exception of the dials and perhaps the three finials. They have excellent points and some factory marks on the stubs, however anyone can put those marks there. The paper dials have some age on them but to make this clock part of your collection you should send them to the Dial House to be painted. Correct door lock on the side, good “Fashion” glass, four correct hands, large/polished bell, polished nickeled dial rings. The two movements are original and functioning properly. Possibly the biggest flaw would be the dials. Ly-Calendar, pages 284-286; Ly-Seth Thomas, page 118. $1450-$1700.
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 correct 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. $3300-$3600.
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. It needs a good cleaning inside and out, and a new upper dial. Ly-Calendar, pages 132-135. $2800-$3000.
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.
L.F. & W. W. Carter eight day weight timepiece calendar clock, ca 1862. The rosewood veneered case is 31 inches high with a good dark original finish. There is no discernable case damage or veneer chips. Both bezels are hand grained but never did have veneer. On the back of the lower door is the complete B.B.Lewis label. Inside is a partial maker’s label. The 8 day weight driven movement has solid plates, retaining power, and steel-pivoted rolling pinion. The weight cords are good and the pair of weights are period. Both metal painted dials and all the hands are correct. The calendar dial has a few paint chips, time dial is good. They contracted annually with former partner Elias Burwell for the calendar mechanisms patented by B. B. Lewis. The Millers, in their book, Calendar Clocks, say that our clock was made by Burwell & Carter when they were partners. Ly-Calendar, pages 40-41. $750-$950.