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.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Office Calendar No. 13”, ca 1902. Factory stamp on the back of the case, not sure of the date, may be 1902, a little blurred. Cleaned/polished 48” high walnut case with all moldings and attached and applied ornaments that belong on the case. Nothing repaired or added and everything is all original. If there is anything keeping the clock from being excellent it would be that the case is dark, but looks great, and the calendar dial is slightly faded. Weight driven time only movement is signed and running. There are no extra holes around the movement or dial indicating the clock is all original and has not been messed with. It has the correct pendulum, beat scale, weight, old key, two dials and all four hands appear to all be original to the clock. The dials are original, both are signed, and they look very nice. We sold clocks 20 years before we had a No. 13, and lately we have had a half dozen. We have noticed that this model may sell for up to $16,000 at east coast auctions. Ly-Calendar, pages 256-257; Ly-Seth Thomas, page 101. $4000-$6000.
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.
“The E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, Conn.”, wall calendar named, “Ionic Calendar”, ca 1886. This model has a 12” time dial and a 10” calendar dial, and 5 hands. I assume both paper dials are replacements. The rosewood case is 29. 5” high, clean and polished making the rosewood very beautiful. Excellent label inside, in fact near perfect, also there is one over the calendar movement in the door. This may be the only clock that has heavy oversized hinges on the doors. I am sure it is because the doors are so heavy, particularly the lower which has the calendar movement in it. The upper movement is signed, 8-day, and time only. Inside is a period brass pendulum bob and an old winding key. Overall the clock is in very good condition, has two great movements, and is performing properly. Ly-Ingraham, page 112; Ly-Calendar, page 106. $600-$750.
E. Howard & Co. Boston, Mass. “No. 59-8 Regulator”, ca 1970’s. This model is sometimes called “Viennese style”, or just “Howard Vienna”. They made this model in several case sizes and many size dials. The movement is 8-day, weight driven, time only and recently serviced to guarantee running. The 46-inch-high walnut case has black highlighting in several places and the six finials are original to the case and are correct. The pendulum stick is painted gold and the special damascened pendulum bob is brass to match. The iron weight is correct, there is a correct beat scale, door latch, wood dial surround, painted dial with the correct Howard signature. The walnut weight chute was missing the 4 brass screws that hold in place so I used silver screws. You will want to install correct screws. If the case was not so nice you would swear it was a Howard original. $1500-$2000.
Waterbury Clock Company “Calendar No. 32”, ca 1891. Unusual oak case is 38” high, spindles top and bottom, etched designs, and applied wood ornaments all over. I have not seen this model before and I researched auctions all over the country and could not fine one sale. It is a very rare model. The finish is very nice, perhaps rubbed a little or polished occasionally for there is very little buildup of smoke, etc. This clock hung in a jeweler’s shop for many years and his advertising is still there, “C. L. Birchard, Jeweler, Cambridgeboro, PA.” The glass and dials appear to be original. The top ornament was replaced. They did a very good job of making the copy. In the case bottom is a signed porcelain beat scale, and it has the correct pendulum bob and dial rings. All hands are right, and there are labels everywhere on the back of the case. The movement is 8-day, time and strike, and all parts are functioning properly. Ly-Waterbury, page 111. The clock has always had a high book value, $2500 and more, probably because it is so rare. $1250-$1500.