Early American Clocks 356-372
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356.     $75

Terhune & Botsford iron-front, 1850’s.  They worked together for about a decade out of New York city, as noted on the interior label.  The 8-day time-and-strike movement is probably by Jerome.  It is running and striking nicely.  I did not note a foundry stamp on the 19-inch iron-front, decorated with MOP around the edges and with the painted flowers in the middle.  The gold and polychrome painting is not as bright as we would like but is pretty good. The dial has been touched up and needs more, both bezels repaired and don’t fit tightly, both glasses replaced; the hands are appropriate. $75-$125.

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357.     $175

Terhune & Edwards “Lattice” ironfront, 1872.  Henry Terhune teamed up with George Edwards in the 1860’s, through 1872.  The label indicates that this clock was made late in their partnership at 18 Courtlandt St in New York.   The name, Lattice, is cast in the back of the ironfront, but there is no foundry name.  The 30-hour time-and-strike movement is also unsigned, but the paper dial is signed.  The case stands 18.5 inches high and 14 inches wide.  I spent some time trying to decide if the paint on the front of the case had been retouched, but decided that it most likely is all original; I suspect there has been some loss of secondary detail that leave the flowers looking rather flat.  There is a lot of gold leaf and red trim around the edges, all likely original.  I see no missing pieces.   The clock is running and striking with authority.  $175-$250.

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364.     $1000

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. 

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365.     $950

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.

Left side     Right side      Interior      Back


371.      $100

Seth Thomas “Round Band”, 1865.  This is an early “Round Band”, how early I can’t tell, but it has a Plymouth Hollow label and stamped movement, so it can’t have been made much after 1865 when the town was renamed Thomaston. It’s a 30-hour clock, 16.5 inches high with good rosewood veneer in front and a lighter veneer on the sides.  There are some chips to the veneer on the sides at the base.  Both glasses are old with the original Masonic tablet in very good shape. There is an alarm that strikes on an iron bell and the movement strikes a wire gong underneath it.  We did not test the alarm; the clock is running strongly.  The metal dial has the original paint, “Patented May 19 1865” with considerable chipping, with “ST” hands.  $100-$150. 

Interior      Left side      Right side


372.     $75

Brewster & Ingrahams miniature OG, 1843-1852.  This 30-hour OG is 17 inches high with a mahogany veneer on the front.  The sides and top are not veneered.  The door frame was gold leaf, or paint, at one time.  Both glasses are old but I can’t guarantee the dial glass is original, as the fit is loose.  The tablet of an American eagle and shield is nice, with considerable wear.  The zinc dial is probably original, with original paint and painted green spandrels, and some loss.  The hands are very old and likely original.  The ribbed movement is signed and holds brass springs on both sides; it is running.  There is a good label inside; old pendulum bob and a replacement key.  $75-$125.

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