Ithaca “Shelf Steeple”, ca. 1870. We knew this was an uncommon Ithaca, but were surprised to find that there are no sales records in the Antique Clocks Price Guide over the last 15 years – for either the shelf or the hanging version. It stands 25 inches tall with the finial (which is correct and no doubt original) in a dark walnut case. I would guess everything is original including the glass, with the possible exception of the upper paper dial. The fretwork shows a couple of breaks that have been repaired acceptably, and all the parts are there. Note that there is an alarm at the bottom of the case, with the winding port at the lower left. The hands are correct, there is a key (not signed), and it is running, keeping time, and the calendar is advancing. That’s it; this is about as good as it gets. We’d estimate $1200-$2500, based on prices of other uncommon Ithacas.
Seth Thomas “Parlor Calendar No. 8”, 1887. This is a beautiful example of one of Seth Thomas’ double-dial calendar clocks from the late 1800’s. The finish on the 27.5-inch walnut case is old, possibly original, but very clean. No nicks or scratches, all the finials look original. Both dials have been repainted by The Dial House (signed on back). The hands and calendar rollers are probably original. The 8-day spring-driven movement is signed, striking the hours on a cathedral gong, and keeping time. The calendar day and date is advancing; we didn’t run it long enough to check the month advancement. Three sales on the Antique Clocks Price Guide in the last decade, averaging just over $2000.
National Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion”, ca. 1890. It has been at least a decade since we have had a National Calendar Fashion clock for sale. This one is as original as they come, and has 120 years of soot and grime covering the walnut case. We cleaned the enameled black dials and polished the hands but did not clean the signed New Haven 8-day movement or hook up the wire that extends from the upper movement to the simple calendar mechanism on the lower dial. Hooking up the calendar is not complicated but does require some dexterity and probably the removal of the center segment of the dial board (held in by screws) to provide access. The clock is running, not efficiently as the movement is dirty, and striking the cathedral gong on the hour and half-hour. The calendar advances easily when tripped by hand. The dial board has several glued cracks top and bottom there are some glue repairs evident on the case. It is, as we say, covered in grime but has no major losses or damage other than a few nicks and bumps. It would clean up nicely if you want to put in the effort (you should, this guy appears to have never been cleaned). The glass is original with a good Fashion stencil. The pendulum bob and hanger are not original, the only real flaw we can find. It stands 32 inches tall with the finial (all finials are original). You can find this clock on page 73 of Ly’s book on New Haven clocks. Only one recent sale in the Antique Clocks Price Guide: $1300 at Schmitt’s last May (2016). $1000-$1500.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 2”, 1878. The label on the door says this clock was set to run on June 1, 1878. The walnut-veneered case has been refinished and is in excellent shape, with just a few chips along the top edge and a bump or two on the base. Both glasses are old, both painted metal dials are new; the finials are new and the calendar rollers are old, probably original, stained with oil. There are two nice labels inside. The clean Seth Thomas-signed 8-day movement is running and the calendar is advancing. This model sells on eBay for from $700 to $1100.
Seth Thomas “Parlor Calendar No.4”, ca 1870’s. Another fine clock from a large collection we have been selling for several auctions. This early calendar clock is 25” high and one of their first they made that did not have the box look. The case is polished walnut, all original, clean and polished yet retaining its rich original walnut shade. It has nice case designs, door lock on the side, and two original glasses. It has both labels inside, the one on the door indicates it was sold in the 1870’s. The white label is behind the calendar movement. Both dials have the original paint, the bottom is very good with very little fading but does have a couple of paint chips. The top has no paint chips. The hands, calendar rollers, brass bell, and pendulum, all look to be original to the clock except the calendar hand is a replacement. 8 day time and striking upper movement is signed and running, calendar movement was operating when we took it from his home. This model has historically had a high book value and was $1500 over ten years ago. Ly-Calendar #629. $500-$750.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. shelf calendar clock, “No.10 Farmer’s”, ca 1880. Walnut case is 25” high, has been cleaned and polished, but some smoke is still hanging on, in places. It looks good, has all its original parts and pieces except the ornate top that has been replaced. Even the old dials are original. The two movements are original and functional, running, striking a coil gong, and calendar changing. The pendulum is satisfactory and runs the clock. Ly-Calendar #346. $$400-$600.