Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 1”, ca 1865. The rosewood veneer case stands 34” high, and is like some of the examples pictured in the catalogs except for the gold gilt painted tablet As usual on the painted glasses the gold sticks but the black backing comes off, and that is the case here. You will no doubt see a nick or chip on the veneered case for it has the original finish, now very dark and has never been cleaned. The old dial pan has original paint, and some of it has been touched up. There is an excellent black and gold label on the sliding partitions over the weight chute. The brass pendulum bob, wood stick, hands, and iron weight are all original. Three are latching door hooks on both the bezel and lower door. The clock is in operating but I would definitely service the movement, install new weight cords, and clean the case. There is money to be made on this rare clock or it will make a fine addition to any collection. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 269-271. $750-$1000.
Monarch Organ Co. a subsidiary of Hamilton Organ Co. ca late 1800’s. This organ was built by Dwight Hamilton Baldwin who also made Baldwin Grand Pianos. This oak organ has been restored and is in working condition. After transporting from Central Ohio to my home I cannot guarantee that every note will now sound melodious. I am sorry I was not able to take a beautiful picture to show it off but it is heavy, now in my clock store room and will probably not be moved again. I understand there is a serial number but I don’t know where to look. It is about 80 inches high and 43 inches wide. Has lifting/moving handles on the sides, key lock/no key, and a very nice beveled mirror. The wood case has been restored as well as the internal music parts. The petals are cloth covered. The stool may be original to the organ but I would doubt it is. It is complete and functioning properly. I tested the ivory keys and played my early piano lesson songs. If you are restoring an old home you need this organ. There are many near identical Monarch organs pictured and described if you will check the internet. Google Monarch Organ Co. There are some similar restored organs priced far over $5000. $500-$1000.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 4”, ca 1880. If you have always wanted a Fashion clock as a family keepsake or family hand-me-down, you should consider this one. I have been selling clocks for 44 years and have sold scores of Fashion clocks, and this one is original and nice as any we have sold. It is exactly like it left the St. Louis factory, original finish but some darker, crusty in places, but has a nice polish sheen on the walnut case. Around the back edge is a speck or two of white paint. Before clocks became so collectable folks did not worry about moving a clock off the mantel when they painted a room. If paint got on the clock, they did not worry about it. It has the original damascened pendulum bob, original winding key, brass bell, nickeled dial rings, original hands, and finials. The glass has not been out of the door. Normally Fashion dials would have had considerable paint loss after 130 years and most have been repainted. Not this one, but they are slightly rough in places, but completely acceptable just as they are. The only flaw to the clock is some tiny paint chips on the dials. I hung the pendulum and it started running without me giving it a nudge. Surely it has been looked after and at least oiled at times, but to look at the movements you would swear they have never been cleaned or taken out of the case. If this clock had come to me ten or twenty years ago I would have never offered it for sale. Now consider this; it does not look new, but it is like new. If you want it spit shined then go for it, but to most collectors it is worth a whole lot more in this outstanding original condition, than it would be cleaned. Ly-Calendar, page 286. $1300-$1500.
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.
Mason & Sullivan Company floor clock, made from this kit, dated 1973. Oak case is 84 inches tall, complete, and original with the makers brass plaque. In the Ohio antique mall where it was before it came to us it was priced at $1200, then marked down to $800. The bonnet has side glasses. The movement is 8-day, 5 brass tubes playing Cathedral chimes on quarters and a moon phase on top. The brass dial ring is 9 ˝ inches and the square dial plate is 11 inches. The best thing about the clock is that it is running and striking properly and is very clean. The German movement is signed but I cannot read the name. I do see a trademark, “AKC” or “ACK”. $300-$500.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 3”, ca 1879. Eight-day wall timepiece in burled walnut, standing 44” high, overall in beautiful condition but not without a wart or two. The wood has been cleaned and polished, any black remaining is in the cracks. There are a few small chips around the inner part of the round next to the glass. There is no flaking of veneer around the lower glass and the gold around the lower glass is still bright. The original dial shows no flaking and the dial pan is original to the case as the holes match up. The 8-day trapezoid movement is signed and running. The brass pendulum bob, wood stick, brass beat scale, brass weight with knurled caps, brass pulley, side door lock, and the black label inside are all original stock. The label has been chipped by the weight and pendulum probably when moving the clock, but there is about 75% of the label present. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 279-281. $2500-$3000.