Early American Clocks 320-353
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320.     $550

Jeromes’ and Darrow 8-Day wooden works clock.  The mahogany veneer case is just under 38 inches high with carved half-columns.  There is a wooden dial in nice shape (although it has been secured to the support rails by screws for a long time) and two old and correct hands.  The dial glass is old but may have been replaced, based on the newer (but still old) putty holding it in place.  The lower glass is also old and may never have been out of the door, based on the unusual rippled wood strips holding it in place.  It has been repainted, some time ago, and is not signed.  The center mirror is a twentieth century replacement.  There are numerous veneer repairs, some good, some not so good, and some chips still waiting for repair. The carved columns are in excellent shape.  The large wood movement will run for a few minutes when the 7.5-lb weights are hung; I see no repairs or damage to the gears.  The weights are compounded on brass pulleys, hung on gut, and there is an old pressed pendulum bob.  There is even an old key to open the door latches.  The tablet, and the overall look of this clock are very nice, don’t you think?  $550-$800.

Interior      Movement-left      Movement-right     Movement-top

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333.     $150

Chauncey Jerome “Column & Cornice”, 1845-1855.  A 26.5-inch case with good mahogany veneer, a few chips along the base and the center section of the segment between the upper and lower door having been replaced.  No doubt the entire case has been refinished, and the columns originally may have been gold leaf or black, or a combination of both. The upper and lower tablets are the main attractions here – original and in outstanding condition; the dial glass is old as well. The metal dial has been touched up but looks good and there is about half of a label inside, clearly indicating a Jerome case manufactured in New Haven with a label printed by Benham in New Haven.  The 30-hour weight-driven brass movement is also signed by Jerome and was made in Bristol, dating it to before the fire that destroyed his Bristol factory in 1845.  The clock is running and striking as required.  $200-$325.

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341.      $2250

Samuel Abbott Coffin clock, ca. 1830.  This very simple pine case with a dark and likely original finish is 30 inches long and 10 inches wide.  A similar clock is shown in Distin & Bishop, The American Clock (1983) on page 78 and is attributed to the Shakers of Maine around 1830.  There is no label, inside or out.  The banjo-type movement is signed “Abbott” and runs 8-days, time only, and is keeping excellent time if the hands aren’t pinned too tightly.  Both glasses are old, as are the hands; the heavy iron dial has been repainted.  The clock is driven by a lead weight.  There are 14 Sam Abbott clocks listed in the Antique Clocks Price Guide but none match this clock, and there are no coffin clocks that match either, so pricing is hard to estimate.  $2500-$4000.

Interior      Movement      Side view

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343.     $1300

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.

Interior      Left side     Back

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350.     $175

Ansonia Iron Front, 1850-1854.  The label inside, behind a plastic cover, says Ansonia Clock Co. and the 8-day brass lyre movement is signed Terry & Andrews; Terry & Andrews turned into Ansonia under Anson Phelps in 1850.  The heavy case is 14 inches high, decorated extensively with mother-of-pearl (MOP), hand-painted flowers and gold flourishes. I see only one missing piece of MOP, below the dial on the left.  MOP can be purchased at art supply stores.  The dial pan is probably original, repainted I suspect, but the dial bezel and glass have been replaced.  There is a button lock on the left. The lower bezel is original, the glass old but replaced.  The clock is running strongly and looking good.  $175-$250.

Angled view      Interior

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353.     $75

Seth Thomas “Column No. 3”, ca. 1863.  This 30-hour weight-driven clock is 25.5 inches tall with a nice refinish of the mahogany or walnut case.  There is a good label inside from Plymouth Hollow and two old glasses, not necessarily original to this clock, but the lower period eglomise glass is very nice.  The painted metal dial, with wear around the winding holes probably is original. The signed movement is running without issue, striking on the hour on the wire gong, with old weights, pendulum bob, and winder.  I know these clocks are a dime a dozen, but this one is very nice.  Give it a second look. $75-$150.

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