Samuel Abbott Coffin clock, ca. 1830. This very simple pine case with a dark and likely original finish is 30 inches long and 10 inches wide. A similar clock is shown in Distin & Bishop, The American Clock (1983) on page 78 and is attributed to the Shakers of Maine around 1830. There is no label, inside or out. The banjo-type movement is signed “Abbott” and runs 8-days, time only, and is keeping excellent time if the hands aren’t pinned too tightly. Both glasses are old, as are the hands; the heavy iron dial has been repainted. The clock is driven by a lead weight. There are 14 Sam Abbott clocks listed in the Antique Clocks Price Guide but none match this clock, and there are no coffin clocks that match either, so pricing is hard to estimate. $2500-$4000.
Silas Parsons Massachusetts Shelf Clock, ca. 1820. Parsons made tall case and shelf clocks out of Swanzey NH. This cherry-cased clock stands 30.5 inches high. The case has been refinished, there are repairs to the feet and skirt. The glass in the front door is old, repainted, and there are two old side glasses. The iron dial appears to have the original paint; the hands look original and the minute hand tip has been restored. The large pinned brass movement is running and keeping time, driven by a large zinc-cased weight. The brass pendulum bob hangs from the back on a wooden stick. No Parsons sales records that I could find.
George Marsh & Co. hollow column shelf clock, ca. 1834-1835. This clock was made for George Marsh, probably by Birge, Case & Co, using a Joseph Ives-type strap brass 8-day movement. It stands 37.5 inches high and 18 inches wide. It is a large and impressive clock, to say the least; the movement itself is 8 inches wide. The mahogany case is in excellent shape; the dial appears to have been professionally restored, and the tablet is an outstanding repaint by Hunter Kurtz. The upper glass is original as is the mirror behind the dial, the hands, and the gilded eagle splat. There are two thin square weights (not original) that run up through the columns and have cutouts in the base so that they can fall through to the shelf on which the clock sits. The clock is running effortlessly, striking the hours on a large iron bell. This very clock last sold in 2013 for $8400 at Schmitt’s; there are no other recent sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide. A very rare clock. $5000-$8000.
Riley Whiting Carved Column and Crest, 1828-1835. Mr. Whiting died in 1835 but he was quite prolific in the early 1830’s, with numerous examples of similar clocks. This 30-hour wooden works shelf clock is 35 inches high and 18 inches wide. The mahogany veneer is in excellent shape, with one small missing segment on the side and a repair to the door crosspiece. The carved crest appears to me to be a replacement; the carved columns are original. The very nice tablet “St. Brides Avenue, London” is repainted on old glass, unsigned; the dial glass is original. There is an ivory escutcheon and lock. The dial board is in nice shape and the movement will run for 5-10 minutes with the 30-hour weights. A good and typical label inside. $275-$450.
Jeromes’ & Darrow Empire Shelf Clock, 1828-1833. Chauncey made the cases, Noble made the movements, and Elijah Darrow painted the tablets and dials. In this instance Darrow’s contribution is probably gone, as the tablet has been nicely repainted by Tom Moberg and the dial board (or the movement) is not original to the case – note the filled and redrilled winding holes. The clock stands 33 inches high on paw feet. The dial glass is original; the two decorated horizontal glasses are probably replacements for mirrors. The lower hinge for the upper door is broken and the door is not secure when opened. The lower door may be a substitution, as there is no locking mechanism but there is a slot in case for a turn-latch. There are a lot of veneer chips along the cornice edge but otherwise the case is in reasonable shape. We hung the weights and got it to strike, but we couldn’t get it to tick. We didn’t try too hard. There are only two other examples of this style of clock by this group in the Antique Clocks Price Guide. $150-$275.
Waterbury “Sts. Peter & Paul”, ca. 1867. A sculptured iron-front by N. Muller, 20 inches high, in an old bronze finish. No missing pieces, a bright brass bezel with a new glass and a new paper dial. Proper hands. The wood case looks to be a replacement and so there is no label, but the 8-day time-and-strike movement is signed, running, and striking. One of several religiously-themed iron-front clocks. $225-$300.