Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. reproduction of the “Box Skeleton”, they made in the late 1800’s. If you compare it to the clock pictured in Ly-Calendar, page 148, you will see there is very little difference, if any. We have sold some original Ithaca Box Skeletons in recent years for upwards of $20,000, so this would be a bargain for someone that will not, or cannot, spend that kind of money. For ever more it will be a $20,000 clock in your home until some knowledgeable person says otherwise. This clock is inside a 24” high, medium oak case, hinged door in front, and glasses on all four sides. The clock itself is not attached to the case, but is attached to a wood base that slides out of the case. The movement is like the originals, 8-day, running, and striking on a nickeled bell. Admittedly the case is slightly different from the originals in that they were walnut with ebony trim, otherwise I see little if any difference in the clocks. Ly-Calendar, page 148. $750-$1000.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “Skeleton”, ca 1869. The back of the movement is stamped; “Patent July 1869”. The movement was patented by Henry Bishop Horton who was one of the partners in the Ithaca firm. The clock frame is nickeled, movement is 8-day time and strike, and runs and strikes and the calendar changes properly. It strikes a nickel bell above the movement. The silver cast iron dials have black numerals, still with very good paint. We have sold only three Box Skeletons previously, $23,200 in the July 2003 auction, and $22,100 in the July 2006 auction, but this is the first original skeleton under glass dome to come my way. Those in the know tell us this clock is much rarer than the box skeletons for years ago when the original domes were broken, they built or bought from Ithaca the walnut boxes and put their skeletons in them, therefore there are many more box skeletons. I want to keep this clock so bad I can hardly stand it. It was invented by a “Horton”, appears to be 100% original including the glass dome, and is the only original one under dome I have ever had. Ly-Calendar, page 148; Millers “Calendar Clocks”, page 53. $15,000-$20,000.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “Small Iron Case”, ca 1866. Some of the earliest clocks made by this company were installed in iron front cases cast by a local foundry. Henry B. Horton held the patent to both the calendar movements and the iron cases. The factory, with all their wood cases, was destroyed by fire, and while rebuilding they had these iron cases cast locally. This “small” iron case is 19” high and the “large” iron cases are 21” high. The case apparently has the original black paint. The dials, hands, bezels, and movements, are correct, but remember the paper dials are easy to get and easy to install and are usually changed every few years. The large calendar dial is signed all over by Ithaca and Horton. The painted metal cover between the two dials has good paint and appears also to be original. The movement is an 8-day, single spring, and Hubbell lever movement. Those movements were not signed but are original to the iron cases. There are no labels on the wood back and no evidence there ever were. The original wood back has seen better days. It needs some TLC and new screws to reattach to the back of the iron case. This model is the rarest of all the Ithaca iron cases and it is not pictured in Ly-Calendar. The iron cased Ithaca’s have always had high book values, around $4500 for the small and $3500 for the large. The last iron case we sold brought just under $5000. Ly-Calendar Clocks, pages 150-152. $2000-$3000.
Ithaca Large Iron Case, ca. 1860. Iron case clocks were some of the first clocks made by the Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. They made two models, a large (21 inches long) and a small (19 inches); this is the larger and more common model. Several movements were used, including a 30-day double-spring Hubbell pendulum movement, as found here; a Pomeroy 8-day time-and-strike; and a 30-day Hubbell lever movement. The clock is running and keeping time, and the calendar is advancing. The case has probably been repainted, as has the center piece. Both glasses are old, and both paper dials could be original. The minute hand has been repaired, and the calendar hand has been repainted if not replaced. There are only two sales of large iron case clocks in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, both over a decade ago for $2250 and $3865. These just don’t come up for sale very often. $2000-$4000.