Birge & Fuller Candlestick Double-steeple, ca. 1844-1848. John Birge and Thomas Fuller worked together in Bristol from 1844 until Fuller’s death in 1848. This 26-inch mahogany-veneered double-steeple holds a wagonspring-driven signed movement. It is running and striking on the hour, but we have not gotten it to run for a full 8 days. One arm of the wagonspring has been repaired. There are a couple of veneer chips and repairs on the upper door, barely noticeable. The candlesticks look like they might be replacements but they conform exactly to the original design; the bun feet are likely replacements. The dial is an old repaint, the hands correct. The dial glass is newer, the painted glasses are old, but both are likely repaints. I like that they match. The only real shortcoming here is the lack of label inside. The minimum is attractive; we sold a nearly identical candlestick in September of 2015 for $2675. $1800-$2500.
Birge & Fuller four-candlestick double steeple fusee, 1844-1848. These two had a successful business until Thomas Fuller died. Candlestick double-steeple fusees from these two are relatively uncommon: In the Antique Clocks Price Guide I count 16 candlestick double-steeples that used wagon-springs for power and only two that used a remote fusee, as found here. This clock is as original as the day is long – All three glasses, the painted metal dial, both hands, and the signed 8-day, time-and-strike movement. The glasses are in good condition considering their age; the dial shows some soiling and some chipping. There is a good label. There is some missing veneer along the sides of the base, and the left candlestick plinth is split at the seam, but these are not serious detriments to the clock. The candlesticks look original, but possibly -possibly- one is a replacement. The clock is running and keeping time. If you want original and rare, here it is. The two comparable sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide were for $2400 and $2500 at R.O. Schmitt’s in 2008 and 2014.
Forestville Manufacturing Co. ripple-front “Round Gothic”, 1842-1849. The torn label shows J.C. Brown on the label under the Forestville name, indicating the period of manufacture. The 8-day time-and-strike movement is signed “J. C. Brown Forestville CT, USA” and is running, keeping time, and striking. There’s good and bad here: both glasses are replacements; the dial is original, signed, and very dirty with chipping paint. The hands are correct but new. The ivory door handle is original, the ripple molding is in excellent shape. The finials are probably not original; one may be. The veneer is intact on the sides and top. I only found three Forestville/JC Brown ripple-front “onion-tops” in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, with the most recent sale at Schmitt’s in 2015 for $1600. $1200-$1600.
Chauncey Jerome “Union”, ca. 1850. This classic cottage clock is 14 inches tall with beautiful mahogany veneer all around. It holds an 8-day time and strike unsigned (but clearly Jerome) movement that strikes on an iron bell with a great sound. It is running and striking. There is old glass in the brass bezel in the door but it may be a replacement, as the putty is newer. The biggest disappointment here is the replacement dial with the smeared Jerome signature. Notably, both hands are original, heavy iron, with the mainstem square cutout slightly off center. You don’t see hands like this often. There is a very dark blue-green label inside that is unreadable, but clearly a Jerome label typical of this period. The push-button latch on the door is working. $100-$200.
Chauncey Jerome “David Crockett” cottage, ca. 1850. A 30-hour, time-only cottage clock, 12.75 inches high. The softwood case appears to have been stripped of its black paint, revealing the softwood sides and rosewood-veneered front. It would have also had a gold stencil on the front (see #370). The glass is nice, but a lot of loss to the pink background. Note that it is signed bottom center “FROM C. JEROME | NEW HAVEN CONN”. The dial board is wood with paint loss around the winding port and some smearing of the numbering. Hands look original. The 30-hour movement is unremarkable, unsigned, and running vigorously. $50-$100.
Chauncey Jerome “David Crockett” cottage, ca. 1850. This cottage is slightly smaller than #369, at 11.75 inches tall. It retains its black paint over softwood sides and rosewood veneer on the front, and the veneer can be seen faintly on the door frame. There is also a gold stencil design and border barely visible on the bottom front of the case. The original glass and stencil is in nice shape here, and the Chauncey Jerome signature is clear under the dial. The dial board is wood, with some touch-up. The hands are original. The 30-hour time-only, upside-down movement is an attraction here, with a brass spring and the pendulum suspended from the top of the case. The movement is signed and running. $100-$200.