English Skeleton clock, 2 fusee, striking on a large gong on the back and a nickel bell on top and attributed to Wm. F. Evans of Handsworth, England, ca 1860. Similar clocks can be found in Derek Robert’s book, “British Skeleton Clocks”, page 148. The large clock is mounted to a wood base with turned brass feet underneath. The double fusee 8-day movement is running but sluggish. As I mentioned with another skeleton clock in this collection they have been in the basement of a Catholic church for years after they were left to the church by a parishioner. I have been surprised that any of them attempted to run for they have not been serviced in decades. The clocks were shipped to us from west of the Rockies and during that ride the original dome to this clock shattered in a million pieces. The large gong strikes the hours and the nickel bell sounds the half hours. The clock mentioned in Robert’s book has an identical bell/gong strike system. A plaque attached to the wood case reads, “Time is, Time was, Times past”. The clock, as pictured, stands 25 inches tall. The unusual pendulum with the wood stick, round cylinder, and brass top and bottom, is 15 inches. Note the ivory skull attached to the strike advance cord. I laid it on top of the wood base for the picture. The wheels have 6 spoke crossings and other rods and levers I cannot explain. $3000-$5000.
Miniature brass skeleton timepiece, probably English made, not signed anywhere. It is running but no doubt needs oiling. Mounted to a wood base with turned wood feet. The original glass dome has a crack on the back side. I doubt this cracked dome is original to this clock, fit not so good. It is 9 inches tall, with dome 9 ½ inches tall. Very thin wire on the fusee. $300-$500.
English brass skeleton timepiece by “Simcock Warrington”, ca 1890. A plate below the dial has the makers name, Sincock, and his town, Warrington, engraved. This is a very nice subminiature skeleton with nicely turned pillars and six spoke wheels. The chain fusee 8-day cylinder movement is running. This group of skeleton clocks has been stored in the basement of a Catholic church for many years. This one was hesitant to run until I put a spot of oil on the cylinder movement, then it took off running. No. 181 above started running without any hesitance. It is 11 inches tall without the dome and 13 ½ inches with the original dome in place. The frame is mounted to a wood base with turned wood feet underneath. $500-$750.
French fire gilded bronze Empire style clock, ca 1810. The female figure is the personification of astronomy. She is working with typical astronomy instruments. The dial has a star in the center and the zodiac calendar around the outside of the chapter ring. There are many clocks similar to this one, pictured in the book, “French Bronze Clocks”, by Elke Niehuser. This clock has an 8-day movement with silk thread suspension and is running and striking a bell. The movement is signed, “Medaile Dargent / Paris”. Signed behind the wheel winding the silk thread are other words, but I cannot read them without removing the wheel from the movement. The clock is 26.5 inches high and 20 inches wide. The clock has been appraised for three times our minimum, but probably for a New York or overseas market. $4500-$6,000.
“Tiffany & Co. New York”, signed on the dial of this exceptional 19th century marble and bronze 15-day clock from the Egyptian Revival period, ca 1880. The clock came from the estate of the late Prussian/German General, Moritz Ferdinand Freiherr von Bissing. Born into a wealthy family he enjoyed the good life of wealth, military and political titles while adding to the family’s wealth. The clock has no doubt been in several fine collections since his death in 1917. The last sale of this clock was for $6750. The marble and bronze clock weighs 94 pounds. The base weighs 73 pounds and the statue of Shakespeare alone weighs 21 pounds. That is more than most tall clocks. The clock is 23 inches high and 22 inches wide. The statue is signed “T. Hebert”, a famous French sculptor. The case is decorated with rows of female figures each side of the dial. The statue and clock top are pegged for fitting, so that guarantees the statue and base came together. The sash holds a beveled glass, it has correct French hands and pendulum, good beveled glass on the back, and a typical round 15 day French movement with nickel bell attached. The movement is running properly. $1750-$2000.
French carriage clock that I have owned since I started collecting clocks in 1970. It has sat in our living room desk, behind glass doors for some 45 years without running. The brass case is like new, clean and polished. It stands 7 inches high and has five perfect beveled glasses. The porcelain dial has three original hands, a time ring and an alarm ring. The dial is signed by the selling dealer, “Bigelow Kennard & Co., Boston”. The movement is signed only, “Made In Paris”. The serial number on the movement and on the original winding key is, “15001”. The movement strikes quarters and hours, or quarters, or silent. The controls for the sequence is underneath the case. The original carrying case is also signed, “Bigelow Kennard & Co. Boston”. The movement is running and striking. I sure hate to sell it but a lot of “stuff” has to go away. $750-$1000.