Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Chime Clock No. 72”, ca 1921. It has the No. 113, three-train movement chiming each quarter hour on tuned rods. The movement is signed, running, has the original pendulum bob, and a key for winding. Mahogany cabinet case is 10” wide and 15” high. Case is excellent, like new and clean. Two tone mahogany contrasting panels on the front. The silver dial with black numerals is very nice for the type dial. Normally the silver dials would show considerable wear. The dial is signed, nice fancy hands are correct, flat glass, and good fancy pierced dial surround that is hand cut and hand engraved, and is also signed. This clock is excellent. Ly-Seth Thomas #406. $350-$500.
Seth Thomas “Carson”, a City Series clock, ca 1884. The back door has the factory stamp indicating the clock was made August 1884. The company description of the case was, “sheet brass case, nickeled body, gold gilt ornaments at head and base, and bronze alligator panel”. There is some wear on the brass, but the nickel and gold ornaments are good except for some minor grunge. The case is 14. 5” high, free of any damage or repairs and has the original wood back door with a key lock. French sash with beveled glass over the one-piece porcelain dial and original hands. The dial is signed, is clean and free of any problems. The 8-day brass movement is signed, running, and striking half hours on a cup bell and hours on a cathedral bell (gong). A pendulum bob and key are inside. We have been a collector of City Series clocks for over 40 years and have owned hundreds but have had hardly any of this model. The Carson, Dallas, and Austin, are considered by collectors to be rarer than most City Series clocks because of the metal and/or metal ornaments that adorn them. Ly-Seth Thomas #517. $400-$600.
Seth Thomas one of their City Series clocks, “Dallas”, ca 1885. Not an easy model to find in good condition because it is one of a handful in the series that has some metal on the case, in this example the base has metal ornaments. Other parts of the case are walnut and the flat section around the dial is burl walnut. Incised lines on the front are gold filled, and the buttons, finials, and the four feet are all turned. Beveled glass in the sash, signed porcelain dial, and correct hands. Full back door has a key lock and a knob. Signed 8-day brass movement, outside count wheel, strikes half hours on a brass cup bell and hours on a standing gong and it is running. Factory stamp on the back door, “5881K”, is their code for November 1885, the date the clock was made. Ly-Seth Thomas #536. $300-$500.
Seth Thomas mantel clock, “Sterling”, ca 1905. Adamantine covered case is 17 inches wide and 10 inches tall, complete and original. The black adamantine is dull, metal not polished, perforated gilt dial over the paper numerals, good hands, metal back cover, and correct pendulum bob. The 8-day movement is running and striking half hours on a cup bell and hours on a Cathedral gong. This identical clock is not pictured in Ly-Seth Thomas but I have seen a great many Seth Thomas clocks not pictured in any books. $150-$300.
Seth Thomas mantel clock with adamantine finish, ca 1904. The columns are adamantine onyx with adamantine blocks above and below the columns and on the top, otherwise the case is black with incised designs over the front. There are gilt metal ornaments, bowed glass, signed dial, correct hands and back cover. Incised dial with paper dial on the back. The movement is 8-day, striking a cathedral gong on the hours and a cup bell on half hours. The case is 18” wide, complete and original, and there is a complete label on the back. There are a couple of adamantine cases in Ly-Seth Thomas that look a lot like this one. $100-$200.
Ansonia “Angelo”, ca. 1880. This 12.5-inch high enameled cast iron clock has been repainted, both the black and the gold incising. The trim molding on either side has been feather-painted in red, and may be artistic license. It holds a signed 8-day movement that strikes a bell on the hour. It is running and striking. No sales records for this clock that we can find. $125-$175.
F. Kroeber “Cabinet No. 51”, ca. 1888. One of many cabinet clocks marketed by Kroeber in New York in the late 1800’s. This one can be found on page 138 of Ly’s book on Kroeber clocks. It stands 14 inches high and has a 4-inch chapter ring on a new paper dial. The bezel is shiny brass with an old flat glass. The case is walnut with a mahogany color and looks to be the original finish, cleaned and waxed. You can even see the gold paint in the incising on the front. The signed 8-day movement is dirty but is running and keeping time. It strikes a Kroeber wire gong on the hour and half-hour. No sales records that we can find; we estimate $125-$225.