“Waltham Clock Co.”, signed on the movement of this ca 1930 banjo clock. This clock uses Waltham’s famous 8-day timepiece weight driven movement that is signed and numbered. The internal parts are all original including the movement, pendulum, pendulum stick, weight, and weight chute metal cover. Both painted glasses are like new and have no paint loss. The dial is original, in excellent condition and signed, “Bigelow, Kennard & Co. Inc.”. They were a Boston retailer that marketed only high grade expensive clocks. The signature is good, hands are original, and the two door latches are in good working order. The walnut case has the excellent original finish, and has satinwood inlay around the panels. It stands near 41” high, and retains an original brass top ornament and brass side rails. This style Waltham banjo clock regularly sells everywhere, in the $2000-$3000 range. Ly-American, page 247. $1000-$1500.
Ansonia Clock Company, Royal Bonn cased, “La Vera”, ca 1901. This is one of the many spectacular clocks that Ansonia had made in the Bonn, German pottery owned by Franz Anton Mehlem. A larger case than the average Royal Bonn’s, it is 14” wide and 12” high. The colors are very unusual shades of red with yellow flowers. There is gold touched over the reds and some painted flowers are showing on the front and sides. The Royal Bonn trademark and the name La Vera are on the back of the case painted in red. The movement is 8-day, half hour gong strike, correct brass back cover, and the correct pendulum. Beveled glass in the American sash, two piece signed porcelain dial, correct hands and the open escapement which sets the dial apart from the other companies’ common clocks. We have seen this model sell for over $1500 in years gone by and some were in a very undesirable color and had case problems. Ly-Ansonia, page 599. $400-$600.
Foster Campos, Pembroke, Mass. Mr. Campos was a well-known and respected maker of of early American shelf clocks. His reproductions were some of the finest Mass. shelf clocks made since the early 1800’s. This clock is sometimes called a Brides clock, no doubt because of the off white painted wood case with gold decorations around the signed Tom Moberg painted glasses. The top finial and the four round feet are also gold painted. The wood case is 35 inches high and 13 inches wide. The 8-day movement and the case are signed. Painted on the upper glass is, “Foster S. Campos / Pembroke, Mass.”. The painted dial is dished and has handmade hands. The original pendulum, weight, and crank are included. The 8-day weight driven movement with passing strike on the hour is in fine running condition. The clock is in outstanding original condition. These reproduction Aaron Willard type shelf clocks regularly sell at the east coast live auctions from $3000 to $4000.
B. B. Lewis is the name usually given to identify this “Calendar No. 6” clock but he was only the developer of the calendar movement. He reportedly made a fortune on his calendar clock royalties. This clock was made by Elias Burwell for, “L. F. & W. W. Carter, Bristol, Conn.”, ca 1862-1868. The names of Lewis, Burwell, and Carter are printed in various places on the two complete labels inside the case. The complete green label over the lower calendar movement reads, “Perpetual Calendar, Lewis Patent, Manufactured by E. Burwell, Bristol, Conn.”. Over the years we have sold only one of this very rare hanging model. This clock is original, correct, and extremely nice. The rosewood case is 29” high. An identical clock is pictured and described in Millers book, page 64. Hands appear to be original. 8-day time and striking Hubbell movement runs and strikes properly. Bezels lock in place with an old key. Ly-Calendar, page 172. $1500-$2000.
Black Forest hand carved wood dog whip holder/coat hook, with music, made in the Brienz area of Switzerland, ca 1860. This rare piece is 16 ˝ inches tall, has no breaks or repairs, has glass eyes, key wind music box that is operating perfectly. Wood is clean, not smoky or stained as we usually see the early wood carvings. $1250-$1750.
“Seth Thomas Clock Company. Thomaston, Conn.”, wall clock, “Suez” model, ca 1883. In an ebonized case 44 inches high with unusual features on top and bottom. Apparently you could sit a flower pot on top and empty your pockets at night and put them on a shelf on the bottom. The clock is entirely original with no repairs or new parts evident. The original dial is slightly faded but has no paint flakes as do most Seth Thomas dials this age. It has an 8-day spring driven movement that is running and it strikes a Cathedral gong on the hours. The dial ring, gong, and damascened pendulum ball are brass and the beat scale is nickel. Below the beat scale is a complete black label from which the first line above was copied. I could not believe when checked back thru tens of thousands of clock sales and saw that I had only sold one Suez in 45 years. You will never find a nice Suez, or any Seth Thomas for that matter. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 328. $1500-$2000.