J. C. Brown, Bristol, Conn / Forestville Manufacturing Co.”, ca 1842. This clock is mahogany veneered, plain steeple case with ripple molding on the door. It is standing 20” high, is all original and exceptionally clean and nice. The finials are near perfect and have no broken tips. The veneer is in excellent condition. Original tablet has some small chips on the white paint at the top. The top glass is old. On the door is their typical door latch. There is a good painted original zinc dial that has faded some, and a couple of paint chips around the screws. It has a good pair of early hands and old pendulum bob. The blue label is complete, the coil gong and brass bob are polished, and the 8-day brass movement is signed with the Forestville name. It is a good example of a J. C. Brown early clock with rare ripple. $650-$800.
Hamilton Watch Co., Lancaster, PA “Model 22” U. S. Navy, 8-day, 21 jewel, adjusted chronometer watch in a mahogany gimbaled box, ca 1943. Numeral dial signed, “Hamilton / Lancaster, PA, U. S. A.”. There is also a silver plate on the front of the box that is also signed. The inner box has a color crystal over the watch white dial. The watch and boxes are in excellent condition. The 35-size watch is in excellent running order. $1250-$1750.
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.
Seth Thomas / Plymouth Hollow, Conn., “8-day Parlor Calendar”, ca 1863. One of three early perpetual calendar models produced by Seth Thomas. They purchased the patent rights to this movement in 1862 and used the calendar movement in a shelf clock they were selling the same year, named simply, “Parlor”. You could buy the clock with or without a calendar. The 30. 5” rosewood cases were designed with two large columns on the side, one door, and three glasses. This case has two very good labels and a key locking door. The door is beveled all around and the trim around all three glasses is beveled. Every part of the case is slanted and angled making a very attractive design. The running movement is 8-day, lyre shaped, signed, and running with two large iron weights that appear to also go with their earlier shelf clocks. Original dials, the top has some flaking. The calendar movement, roller papers, pendulum, coil gong, and hands, all are original or period. The center painted glass is excellent and original. Overall in good condition and a good example of their earliest calendar clocks. Ly-Calendar, page 258. $900-$1200.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Regulator No. 4”, ca 1881. Here is another of Gilbert’s very fine clocks. Present are the top with its great carvings, a large bust of some character, and a lot of other fine wood work. There are three good glasses, original signed dial with seconds dial, three hands, nickel dial rings, nickel weight, nickel pendulum, nickel pulley, and nickel beat scale. The pendulum ball and wood stick are original. A former repairman, Bubba, polished the nickeled weight but in doing so he removed much of the nickel, leaving the weight with some copper showing. The walnut case is about 51” high. Gilbert’s original, unsigned movement runs fine. There are no surprises, i. e. extra holes anywhere; it is a good nearly original clock. The only repairs are the two pieces attached to the case sides opposite the dial. I found that I have sold only one No. 4 previously and it was missing the entire bottom. The picture of the #4 in Ly-Gilbert shows this clock with a finial on the base. We know of three other Regulator #4’s and they all had the same base as this clock. Ly-Gilbert #340. $1000-$1500.
Waterbury Clock Co. hanging, “Calendar No. 36”, ca 1891. As far as I can tell I have never sold a No. 36 wall model. Except for the bases it is identical to the shelf model No. 40. This original oak case is 28” high, has barley twist columns each side of the door, mushroom finials on top, and other nice etched, grooved, and sawn parts attached. The calendar dial has some paint loss but is original, and the top dial is original with very little paint loss. The dial pans, dial board, hands, pendulum, door latch, and gong, all appear to be original Waterbury stock. On the back are most of two paper labels. The 8-day movement is running, striking and changing the calendar. Ly-Waterbury, page 104; Ly-Calendar, page 104. $750-$1000.