Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 5”, 1875-1889. The No. 5 has the long-drop pendulum and recessed seconds bit dial. The case is walnut, nicely refinished, and the dials have been repainted and calendar rollers repapered. The finials are replacements. The glass is new and the Fashion lettering are decals. The hands are correct as is the signed Seth Thomas movement, the calendar movement, and the cathedral gong. The pendulum bob is normally nickel with a damascened pattern but this one is brass. Not sure that matters, as it is not visible. The clock is running and the calendar is advancing. Fashion No. 5’s are pretty uncommon; Schmitt’s sold one in 2014 for $1600 and Harris sold one in the same year for $2500. We sold this clock in 2015 for $2075.
L.F. & W.W. Carter “Calendar”, 1862-1868. The rosewood case is 32 inches long in outstanding shape, and all but the very bottom piece of the base is original. The calendar glass is old, the dial glass is newer, both have old paper replacement dials. The upper paper dial has been lacquered, giving it the yellow color. The time and calendar hands are correct, the weekday calendar hand is a replacement. The two-weight, 8-day time-only movement is correct, with solid plates, retaining power, and a steel-pivoted rolling pinion. This clock came to us without weights, but we hung two 3.5 lb OG weights to test, and the movement runs and the calendar hands advance. However, the clock stops frequently and it will need heavier weights, I believe it calls for two cylindrical weights of about 6 lb (the OG weights will not be included). A pendulum bob is included. There is a pretty good black label inside behind clear plastic, and a good green label on the back of the calendar door. $500-$800.
L.F. & W.W. Carter “Round Drop Wall Clock”, 1863-1868. This is the smallest version of this model, at 26 inches in length with a 9-inch time dial (see Miller and Miller, page 62, or Ly, Calendar Clocks, page 40); it is sometimes referred to as the “miniature” model. The rosewood veneer is complete but you can see the sun bleaching that has occurred by looking at the interior photo. The case is very clean and you can see the rosewood graining on the bezels quite clearly. Upper dial is painted, with some chipping, the lower dial recently repainted. Both glasses are old but the upper glass has new putty. Old hands on top, bottom calendar hands look new. The label is suffering badly; we will include some pieces salvaged from the bottom of the case, and your assignment will be to place plastic shielding over the label to protect it from further losses. The 8-day spring-driven clock is running strongly and the calendar hands are advancing. We have not sold a 26-inch model in some time and they appear to be the least common of the Carter calendar wall clocks. Two recent sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide: $850 in 2011 at Harris and $1000 in 2010 at Schmitt’s. $750-$1000.
L.F. & W.W. Carter “Extra Eight Day Lever Timepiece”, 1863-1868. Also known as the “Lewis Calendar No. 6”, this rare double-dial wall calendar from Luther and William is in excellent shape for its 150 years. The bezels are thick with polish and what-have-you and show some scuff marks and dings, but some rosewood graining still shows through. The very dark trim pieces top, bottom, and sides certainly look original. The case sides are rosewood veneer. It’s not a large clock, only 29 inches from tip to tip. The 6-inch time dial must be original, the calendar dial presumably repainted. Both glasses appear to be original. The calendar hands are correct, the time hands replaced I think. Inside is a Hubbell-signed 8-day lever movement that is running and keeping time, a Lewis calendar with an excellent green label “Manufactured by the Inventor”, and a brilliant blue label stating that the clock was made for “Vessels or Private Houses” by the Carters, “Patent Applied for”. The calendar hands are advancing. Some pencil notations on the back, one as early as 1877. Only one example in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, from 2006, sold for $1600 at Schmitt’s; it had replaced trim. $1250-$2500.
L.F. & W.W. Carter “Round Drop Wall Clock”, 1863-1868. The Carters appear to have made this clock in various sizes; Miller and Miller (Survey of American Clocks, Calendar Clocks, 1972) show three sizes, from 43 inches to 57 inches in length. This clock measures 48 inches in length, with a 12.5-inch time dial and a 10-inch calendar dial. Welch, Spring & Co. marketed a similar clock 53 inches in length. The case is rosewood and is in excellent condition, with only slight wear to the wood bezel on the time dial. All three glasses are old, the lower glass looks original, despite being in outstanding shape; note the small Union shield at the bottom. I’m guessing the time dial was repainted, the calendar dial may be original, with some chipping. The hands are period and appropriate but hard to know if original; the pendulum bob and stick look original. All three door locks work and there is a key. Good labels inside. The 8-day, weight-driven, time-only upside-down movement was made by Welch, has rolling pinions and retaining power, and shows the day of the week on the time dial; the Lewis Y calendar mechanism was made by Elias Burwell and shows the date and month. The movement is running nicely and the calendar is advancing. I’m not sure the weights are correct, as they would appear to be from a triple decker clock. This is one of three clocks that came from a collector of quality Carter calendar clocks. I can find no recent sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide for a similar model; we estimate $2000-$3000.
Welch, Spring & Co. “Wagner, Hanging, B.W.”, 1877-1884. We had the mantel version of this double-dial calendar in our January auction; here is the equally uncommon wall version. It’s about 31 inches tip-to-tip, with 7-inch dials. Both dials are painted, the upper showing some chipping and soiling; both glasses appear to be original. The hands are either original or close matches to those shown in the catalog illustrations (pages 194-195 of Ly’s second edition ofWelch Clocks). The finials also match the illustrations, but I wouldn’t guarantee that all are original. The case appears to be mahogany and has a very old and possibly original finish. The temptation to clean it probably should be resisted. There is black flocking inside but no label; the back has padding on it and I could not see behind well enough to see if there was a label. The 8-day time-and-strike movement is unsigned but clearly of Welch origin; the clock is running, keeping time, and the weekday hand is advancing, but the lift bar for the lower dial is not triggering a date change and will need to be adjusted. Few sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, none recent. $1200-$1500.