Foster Campos, Pembroke, Mass. Mr. Campos was a well-known and respected maker of of early American shelf clocks. His reproductions were some of the finest Mass. shelf clocks made since the early 1800’s. This clock is sometimes called a Brides clock, no doubt because of the off white painted wood case with gold decorations around the signed Tom Moberg painted glasses. The top finial and the four round feet are also gold painted. The wood case is 35 inches high and 13 inches wide. The 8-day movement and the case are signed. Painted on the upper glass is, “Foster S. Campos / Pembroke, Mass.”. The painted dial is dished and has handmade hands. The original pendulum, weight, and crank are included. The 8-day weight driven movement with passing strike on the hour is in fine running condition. The clock is in outstanding original condition. These reproduction Aaron Willard type shelf clocks regularly sell at the east coast live auctions from $3000 to $4000.
“Smith & Taylor / 105 St. John St. / New York, N. Y.”, 30-hour fusee shelf clock, ca 1840. The 17 ˝ inch mahogany veneered case is sound with minor chips and repairs. There is a door latch on the front. What makes this clock desirable and rare is not only the fusee movement but the ripple around the door glass and around the top and the unusual cut glass heart tablet. Inside is a new painted dial, proper hands and pendulum. The clock is running and striking a coil gong. Inside is a paper label that among other things says, “cheap for cash”. I like that. $400-$750.
“Munger & Benedict / Auburn, N. Y.”, Ironing Board top shelf clock, ca 1833. Munger made high grade 8-day brass movement clocks using prison labor at the Auburn State Prison. Clocks were numbered probably for accounting reasons for they had a 3-year contract with the New York Prison System. Numbers from 203 up to 2877 have been reported. This triple decker case is 39” tall, has differing shades and grains of veneer, ironing board top and carved half columns. It has been cleaned and polished, patched and repaired as needed and presently needs a couple of small veneer repairs. There are the usual nicks and bruises on the corners and edges but hardly noticeable. There is a mirror in the bottom door that is no doubt a replacement. We have seen doors with two glasses and some with one glass. Upper glass has reverse painted designs and it is a replacement glass. The entire backboard is covered with wallpaper. Two sets of wood pulleys, compounded at the top to hold the large and heavy iron weights. There is a nice complete paper label inside. The painted dial is in good condition and holding the paint. Brass movement runs 8-days and strikes a bell mounted above the movement. The hands and the flying eagle pendulum are original. Munger was only active in the business from May thru November 1833 when this clock was made. He turned over the business to Hotchkiss & Benedict who made clocks in Munger’s name until 1937. This style clock used to sell between $3000 and $4000 at auction. $1250-$1750.
“Mark Leavenworth & Son, / Waterbury, Connecticut”, a pillar and scroll clock with 30-hour wood movement, ca 1825-1829. Excellent restored mahogany veneered case is 31” tall to top of the brass finials. Case appears to be perfect meaning whoever restored, if in fact it was restored, did an outstanding job. There is an ivory escutcheon and lock in the door and a key. Both glasses are old and probably original but some putty was made to look good. It has an excellent label, wood dial, period hands, iron bell, and pair of old iron weights. The wood movement is nice and complete with weight cords, rollers and metal covers on top. One scroll has a break repaired otherwise top is original. $750-$1000.
“Riley Whiting / Winchester, Conn.”, carved column and splat, short case, 30-hour time and strike wood movement, ca 1827. Excellent carved case 30 inches tall, mahogany veneer is near perfect, top glass is original with original putty, bottom glass is a replacement painted by Lee Davis. Complete paper label on the backboard, old pendulum bob, iron bell, old hands, nice wood dial and complete door lock but no key. It is unusual or different than any I have seen. From the gold chapter ring inwards it is raised from the outer part of the board. I must assume they ground down the board outside the chapter ring. Original finish has been cleaned and waxed. It is an exceptional clock in outstanding condition except for some stretch marks on the old dial. There are pineapple finials and claw feet underneath. $600-$1000.
Munger & Benedict, Auburn, NY, 8-day, time and strike, ironing board top, carved column shelf clock, ca 1833. The mahogany veneered case is 38 inches tall, the case is clean and polished, no veneer repairs stand out, only some scuff marks from hauling but polish will cover those. The mirror looks to be old but the painted top glass is probably a replacement. The dial is too nice to have not been repainted and the hands are probably replacements. The ironing board top has some painted trim around the front edge and the carved half columns are very nice. This clock is not as nice as #96, hence the lower minimum but it is as nice looking but the replaced parts brings it down a notch. The wall paper backing that covers the case inside is still very nice, the eagle pendulum, complete label, and the 8-day movement are all correct. It is running and striking on a bell. $1000-$1500.