Early American Clocks 244-271
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244.            $300

“Chauncey Ives / Bristol, Connecticut”, pillar and scroll clock, ca 1824.  30-hour time and strike weight driven wood movement strikes on an iron bell each hour.  The clock has been serviced and is in running condition.  It has old iron weights, old pendulum bob and hands.  The wood dial is excellent. Inside the case is practically a complete and very large paper label.  The door has had some work done on the wood frame and both glasses are new.  The mahogany case is 30. 5 to the top of the modern brass finials.  The scrolls and base are new.  On top there are period metal covers over the wood rollers.  $300-$500.

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248.            $300

Label reads, “Time Is Money / Franklin Clocks / With The Improvement of Bushing The Pivots With Ivory / Arranged And Manufactured By / Silas Hoadley, / Plymouth, Conn.”, ca 1830.  Complete paper label covers over half of the backboard.  Bottom painted glass is original, some paint loss.  The upper glass is original but has a break, the mirror is a very nice replacement.  It has a good wood dial, correct hands, pair of iron weights, brass bob, and iron bell on top of the 30-hour upside down movement.  I did not hang the weights to the wood movement but the previous owner had it running.  35. 5 inch high mahogany veneered case is not a cream puff, some veneer chips, but it is complete.  Columns and splat have no stenciling but are nice clean polished mahogany.  The door has an ivory escutcheon with key lock, but no key. $500-$700.

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260.            $300

American weight banjo, ca 1859.  8-day weight driven movement is not signed but the painted dial is signed, “D.  L.  Jenkins 1859”.  There was a D.  Jenkins clock dealer in Vermont during that period.  Mahogany case is 31 inches tall, and has had a lot of joints glued and more need to be. Most all early banjos have been restored or need to be.  This one is no exception.  The painted dial appears to be correct but there are several extra holes around the edge so who knows if original to this case, hands are correct, pendulum parts and the weight are correct.   We did not hang the weight to test for running.  If you like to restore old clocks this is a challenge.  One good thing, the mahogany case is exceptionally nice looking and the clock is complete.  $400-$600.

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270.            $150

“Invented by Eli Terry / Made and Sold / At Plymouth, Connecticut / By / Seth Thomas”, stenciled column and splat case with a 30-hour wood movement, ca 1823.  Thomas was selling clocks with Eli Terry’s patented 5 train movements in them, and gave him credit on the near complete paper label.  This mahogany veneered case is 34” high.  There as paint residue along the very edge of the base and along the sides where it sat against the wall.  I guess in the old days it didn’t occur to them when they painted that someday we nuts would want the clock to be nice.  The door has a brass escutcheon and lock but no key.  Both glasses are replacements.  The half columns and splat have excellent stenciling.   There is an excellent wood dial, brass pendulum bob, iron bell, pair of iron weights and a mint, complete label. $200-$300.

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271.            $150

“Jonathan Burr / Lexington, Mass. / 1836”, mantel clock, column and splat, ca 1836.  He was in a partnership with Austin Crittenden from 1831-1837, yet Crittenden in not on the label of this clock.  The mahogany veneered case is 35 inches high and the veneer is near perfect, only darkened.  The half columns and splat are very dark and you can barely see the stenciling.  The one big door latches on the right side.  I cannot say the mirror is original however whoever installed it made it look like a factory job.  I believe the top glass is original.  The label is also near mint and so is the dial.  Hard to believe how those things could be so nice after nearly two centuries.  This movement has an alarm function in addition to being time and bell strike, therefore there are 3 weights for this clock.  The suspension is broken.  Even I can put on a new suspension.  I am sure you cog counters have already figured out who made the movement.  $200-$350.

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269.            $300

“Case, Willard & Co. / Bristol, Conn.”, a very rare triple decker clock, ca 1835.  Rare because Erastus and Harvey Case and Sylvester Willard were only in business for 5 months. I cannot find a sale of one of their clocks anywhere.  The mahogany veneered case stands 36 inches high, has half columns top and bottom and full columns in the middle.  Glasses are old, mirror probably original, bottom glass should have a painted tablet, if any replaced the putty is so old I cannot tell.  Both doors have ivory escutcheons, locks, and keys.  Excellent label, pair of 8-day weights with added weight on top of them?, old pendulum bob and key, original dial with stretch marks and flaking, and the mirror that is part of the dial and removed by pulling wire on top of the case.  The 8-day strap brass movement with side arm is unsigned, clean and operational, and has pewter drums.  The clock came to me with weights hanging on the cords.  It chimes hours on a large iron bell.  The case gives a very good impression with the eagle on top, capitals and returns intact. The only demerits I can give the clock are the flaking dial and bottom glass, otherwise in tip top shape.  $500-$750

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