Seth Thomas off-center pillar & scroll, Plymouth, Connecticut, ca 1820. This four-wheel train, strap movement uses the backboard of the case as the backplate of the movement. Eli Terry developed the movement and Thomas bought the rights for Terry to make them. During the early 1820’s a lot of experimenting was evident as they were constantly changing and improving the movements. The movement, its configuration in the case, the dial and hands, and the weights, are all identical to those pictured and described in Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 657-659. The mahogany veneered case is 31 inches tall, has brass finials (the early style but they are replacements”, ivory escutcheon and lock, glasses are original (bottom painting redone without removing glass from the door), and the paper label is complete (the name Seth Thomas was scratched off during the time he and Terry were involved in a lawsuit over the clocks). There is a tiny crack in the top glass that you can hardly see. The dial is very nice to be 200 years old, hands, pendulum, pulleys, etc. are all original or period. A rare clock worthy of adding to a collection. $1500-$2500.
Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn. large mantel clock, the empire style that some call a triple deck, but in the ST books it is called simply, “Column”, “Column Large”, or other such names. The large rosewood veneered case is 32” high, has large half columns, sleigh front base, and cornice top, all in near perfect condition and possibly the nicest I have ever seen, and I have seen, collected, and sold scores of them. Other than a couple of veneer chips on the base/sides, not front, it is perfect. This is a keeper. Inside is a complete paper label indicating it was made at Thomaston, Conn. That would date the clock somewhere in the 1870’s or 1880’s. Signed 8-day brass movement, coil gong, excellent painted dial, old hands, brass pendulum bob, and a pair of old 8-day iron weights. They are worth almost as much as the minimum. The three glasses are original and it would appear the rest of the clock is also original. Ly-Seth Thomas #1714. Nice examples of this model have been selling near $1000 for several years but if you have any money left you can probably buy this excellent clock for something less. $300-$500.
Ransom Smith, 8-day wooden movement cornice top, short drop shelf clock, ca 1842. The label reads in part, “R. Smith, 243 Bowery, New York”. The mahogany veneered case is only 25 ¾ inches high, has half columns and carved paw feet. Veneer is good; both glasses are original and have original putty but the bottom glass is cracked behind the paper picture. It has a complete and clean movement that is operational, pair of large iron weights, old pendulum bob, old hands, and an excellent wood dial. Very nice clock other than the cracked glass. Ransom Smith was called a clockmaker but primarily a clock merchant. $200-$350.
“E. Terry & Sons / Plymouth, Connecticut”, stenciled half column and splat case, ca 1823-1831. This company was a partnership between Eli Terry and his sons Eli Terry, Jr. and Henry Terry. The 27” high case is exceptionally clean and nice, stenciling on the half columns is dark, but much better on the splat. The mahogany veneer is very nice, clean and polished. There is no evidence it ever had paw feet. Chimneys and returns are good on the top. There is no lock in the door, never was, only a latch. The top glass is original, bottom is a replaced painted tablet. There is a complete excellent label, very good painted wood dial, old hands, iron bell, pair of old iron weights, and a brass pendulum. The 30-hour wood movement is in very good operating condition. $200-$400.
“Eli Terry & Son, / Plymouth, Connecticut”, 30-hour wood movement, pillar and scroll clock, ca 1823-1831. This was a partnership between Eli Terry, Sr., and son Henry Terry. The mahogany veneered case is 31” tall and the case is very nice, as is the dial and label. As usual the glasses are old but not original to this case. The bottom tablet is a small painting on a cracked glass with a second piece of good glass in front of it. The door lock and escutcheon are missing. Inside is the complete paper label, good wood dial, period hands, old iron bell and old iron weights. The wood movement is clean and complete, but will need to be restrung before hanging the weights. The top is original but both scroll tips have been broken and repaired. Some repairs, new wood, and strengthening on the base. $300-$500.
“Seth Thomas, / At Plymouth Hollow, Conn.”, excellent stenciled column and splat double decker case with a large mahogany plate 8-day wood movement, ca 1823. The movement was patented by Eli Terry and Seth Thomas gave him credit on the near complete paper label. There is more label on the backboard than the pictures depict as the label is very dark. This mahogany veneered case is 36” high. There are veneer chips on the corners and one on the lower door and on the base. The doors have locks but no key or escutcheons. Both glasses are replacements. The half columns and splat have good stenciling. The chimney caps are intact, the hands are period as are the pendulum and iron weights. It has a rare movement and wood dial and iron bell. $350-$450.