Congreve Rolling Ball Clock a working copy of the original fusee clock invented by William Congreve in 1808. It uses a ball rolling instead of a pendulum to regulate the time. The ball rolls down a zig zag track where it trips the escapement which in turn reverses the tilt of the tray. Information I was able to glean from the internet said the Congreve clocks are unreliable timekeepers. I keep it on my desk, not as a time keeper but the rolling ball noise to keep me awake. All of this clock has a bright 24K gold plating, even the winding key. The glass display case has a hinged front door to open for easy winding. The wood base with drawer is a beauty in itself. The picture showing the glass case I plagiarized from the internet. My glass case is safely stored in its shipping carton and I did not wish to remove all the packing. The clock is on my desk with the ball rolling constantly. I have never checked the porcelain dials to see if it is keeping time, for frankly I don’t care as there are many other timekeeping clocks hanging and ticking everywhere. $1000-$1250.
French bronze cased crystal regulator, ca 1885. The case is 16 ˝” high, clean, polished, and it has four beveled glasses, one with insignificant minute tiny corner chip. The two door knobs are correct, great live mercury pendulum, and excellent two-piece porcelain dial with Brocot escapement. It has a great pair of French hands. Movement is 8-day, signed “Marti & Cie”, and “Made in France”. It is running and striking a Cathedral gong. We rarely have a bronze cased crystal regulator, most all are bronze. $400-$600.
Winterhalder & Hoffmeyer German Grandmother clock. The mahogany case is 68 inches high and 10 inches wide. It is very clean, but not refinished, no case damage or new parts, overall near mint. It has glass in sash over the silver and brass dial, and has the original hands. Dial is not signed, 8-day movement is signed The movement is time only. There is a long hinged, latching front door, giving access to nothing but storage space. There are applied decorations, wood finials, and other trim moldings. There is a factory number on the back, “1404”. This is an always popular clock because of its size. It will fit in any space and they are good timekeepers. I tried to find a place for it in my home because it is a keeper. You won’t get rich buying and reselling it but you will certainly be proud to own it. $350-$500.
German carved very rare double Whistler, ca 1930’s. Identical movement to all the previous Whistlers I have sold. Over the years a long-time collector of Whistlers has gradually downsized his large collection, this one is probably his most valuable. The movement, bellows, and other internal parts are all working properly. When the whistle is activated the head of the figure on the right turns and he whistles. When he stops whistling the head of the figure on the left starts turning and whistling. There are removable wood covers over the movement. Whistle activation switch is on the back as is the winding arbors for the movements. The figures on the wood base stand 15” tall. When placed inside the glass dome it is 14 inches tall. $1500-$2500.
English tall clock, 8-day movement is time, strike and calendar, ca 1830. The clock is reported to have been made by “R. Clayton”. Clocks with near identical cases and with identical dials and movements have been seen in other auctions. The 8-day movement is weight driven, has a painted iron square dial with moon phase and decorated with two birds. The 88-inch-high oak and mahogany case is a little bedraggled, needing cleaning and light repairs on the parts below the bonnet. It has a key locking door, reeded full columns on the bonnet, old finish on the case, wood splits on the back, and much needed repairs on the arch. The small finials are probably not original but everything else appears to be. The movement is running and striking the bell on the hours. The movement, dial, pendulum and weights should be worth more than our minimum. $500-$1000.
German Black Forest shelf cuckoo, ca 1880. This cuckoo is unusual in several ways, it has wooden plates instead of brass, which dates it to be early. Additionally, the carved front is profusely decorated with roses and leaves. Notice also that the bone hands are designed differently than any we have seen. Also the pendulum hangs inside the case when most cuckoo pendulums hang below the case. As with any cuckoo of this age you can surely find a leaf broken and expertly repaired. The clock is running, striking the typical coil gong on the backboard and the bellows are performing properly. The bellows are not alike. Not sure if one is original and one replaced. The cuckoo is 19 inches tall. $1000-$1500.