New Haven Clock Co. novelty clock, ca 1904. As their novelties go, this one is tall at 13 inches. Bronze finish over copper, case is dirty but will wash off easily. It is complete but one foot is a little off kilter. It can be bent back. Bowed glass in the sash, nice signed porcelain dial and very elaborate pair of hands. One day backwind movement is running. $125-$250.
Chelsea Clock Co. desk clock with a mahogany base. It has a beveled glass in the removable brass sash, silver dial signed “Chelsea”, and original hands. Time only 8 day movement winds and sets on the back. The movement was serviced 3 years ago and running continuously on the attorneys desk. Chelsea probably made a hundred or more desk clock models with varying bases and dials. This model is 6.5 inches tall, has a 4 inch dial, and is all brass except for the base. $200-$300.
French miniature grandfather clock, ca 1895. The large oak case is 19 ½” tall, decorated with applied brass ornaments and feet. Eagle on top, four large brass feet underneath, beaded brass moldings in three places, an imitation door in the center with hinges and a latch. French 8 day cylinder movement, time only, and it is running. The movement is not signed, at least on the back plate. Tin can type cover over the back opening to the movement. Beveled glass in the brass sash, porcelain dial ring, brass inner dial, and it has original hands. The dial is not signed either. Excellent case has no damage or repairs, and is clean. $400-$600.
Chelsea “Presidential Clock” Ship’s Bell, 1980-present. Look carefully, this is not the clock you might think – it holds an AA battery-powered German quartz movement – by design. It’s the standard Chelsea brass housing, glass and 4.5-inch dial, and weighs over 6 lb. It sits in a mahogany base, on the back of which there is a small metal plaque that says “Thank you for 25 years of service.” You can buy this same clock from the Chelsea Clock Company today for $495. It is running and keeping time, as you might expect. $250-$400.
New Haven novelty, ca. 1910. Can’t find this one in Ly’s book on New Haven clocks. The porcelain dial is signed, the movement is not. The 6-inch metal case has been repainted nicely. It is running, one-day, time only.
French carriage for Wanamaker, ca. 1900. John Wanamaker opened the first department store in Philadelphia in 1875 and later expanded to New York, London, and Paris. This 5.75-inch corniche carriage clock has a platform escapement, five beveled glasses, a clean porcelain dial with Arabic numerals signed “FRANCE”, and is signed on the back of the movement “JOHN WANAMAKER PHILADEPHIA – NEW YORK – PARIS” with “MADE IN FRANCE” at the bottom. It winds in back with a carriage key (not included, buy at TimeSavers). It is running and keeping good time. Case could use some polish; there is a bit of oxidation at the top right edge which would polish off I think. Wanamaker must have imported these clocks by the boatload as they are fairly common, currently selling for $50-$150.
Briggs Rotary Unknown No. 3, ca. 1875. Most of these cute little clocks were manufactured by E. N. Welch in the 1870’s; they are easily identified by the machine screws that hold the plates to the base, as opposed to pins on earlier models. They stand 6.25 inches tall without the dome; 2oth century reproductions are 7 inches tall. This is a Welch model with a painted base, very worn and chipped, and a worn original paper dial. It is missing the winding wheel from the bottom but can be wound with a standard clock key. It has an appropriate glass dome. The clock is running but very dirty, not having been run for many years. Watch/download the short video here. We sold one in May 2015 for $394. $200-$400.