Waterbury Clock Company hanging clock, Calendar No. 33”, ca 1908. Nice 39” high oak case that apparently has the original finish but undoubtedly has been cleaned and polished at some time. This large collection of clocks from a California collector was always in a better climate than most clocks found east of the Rockies for they were not exposed to coal smoke. This case is complete and all original with the possible exception of the glass. Both dials have the original paint, with no flaking, showing a little wear, and both are signed. Original pendulum bob, signed porcelain beat scale, and three correct hands. The calendar rolls are so dark but certainly acceptable. You will never again find a clock this old with two perfect paper labels. Ly-Waterbury #277. This clock has booked for over $2000 for several years. $750-$1000.
Bundy Time Recording Co., Binghampton, NY, ca 1903. This is another great clock and case. The case is 45 inches tall and is a really nice looking clock. The oak has aged gracefully, now darker resembling walnut more than oak. Note the carvings on the top and bottom and on the dial board. The original, now dark, dial is complete and signed, “Made By Bundy Manufacturing Co. Binghampton, N. Y.”. The silver pendulum is signed, “BMCo”. Everything is original including the pendulum, beat scale, dial and hands, silver tag label on the dial board, glass, and door lock with key. The silver tag label says among other things, “Patented in Great Britain 1890”. The movement takes a special very large key and I would imagine it runs 15 or 30 days for it is also very large. $750-$1000.
Ansonia Clock Co. hanging, “Reflector”, ca 1883. This is the earlier example of this model, there were slight changes in later editions. Cherry case is 35” tall, gold stenciled designs around the top and base, and grooves filled with gold to highlight. There are four beveled glass mirrors on the sides and a wonderful glass in the door showing a young maiden picking fruit from a tree. Spindles top and bottom, small turned finials top and bottom, and a drawer in the base to keep your valuables. The movement is 8-day and strikes a Cathedral gong on the hours. Brass dial rings, correct hands, old dial, brass gong base, brass pendulum bob, wood stick, and a winding key. The 8-day movement is clean, signed, and original to the clock. Case is clean inside and out, a very attractive clock. We have sold these for $4000 when they were in excellent condition, especially the cherry cases. This one is very close. Ly-Ansonia, page 177. $1200-$1500.
New Haven Clock Co. hanging clock, “Standard Time No. 2”, ca 1883. This is an extremely rare clock that I have never seen or heard of. I did find evidence where a spring driven No. 2 sold many years ago, but none weight driven like this one. The company listed many uses for this clock and they can be read in Ly-New Haven, page 151. The first group listed is, “Commercial and public service, including the dropping of time balls, the operation of flash signals, the firing of time guns, and the control of time clocks”. Do I understand any of that? No. The 45-inch-high walnut case is so nice and clean it looks new. Again, no coal stoves in California. It uses a single round weight resembling those used in a Seth Thomas No. 2. It has a brass pendulum bob on a wood stick, original glass with gold leaf painted “Standard Time”, repainted dial signed, “Standard Clock Co. / New Haven”, correct hands, and a fancy metal beat scale. The 8-day movement is clean and running. For more information see Ly-New Haven, page 151. $1050-$1250.
Large French brass figural clock featuring a pair of peacocks. It is 25 inches wide and 17. 5 inches high, and very heavy. The metal castings are resting on a large slab of multi colored marble. There are four brass feet underneath. The 8-day round movement is signed, “Made In France”, and has a bras bell and French pendulum. It has been running consistently since it came to us. The brass dial is slightly bowed and unsigned, while the brass sash is holding a convex glass. One peacock is missing its crest, otherwise there are no missing parts. All of the metal is dark and tarnished, apparently has never been cleaned or polished. The consignor said he purchased the clock that was part of a huge collection of French clocks. $600-$800.
Howard & Davis, Boston, No. 2 Banjo, ca 1855, one of the earliest of all Howard Banjo clocks and one of the rarest. It appears to be original with the possible exception of the painted glasses. The 8-day movement is time only and has maintaining power and dead beat escapement. The painted dial is original and has miniscule paint loss at the screw heads. The putty around the upper glass is original and the bottom glasses were held with wood strips. The brass pendulum bob and gold painted wood stick, pendulum tie down, and baffle board, are all correct and original. It even has a winding crank that I believe is original. The stained rosewood or fruitwood case is 44” tall, has the original finish, dark, but never cleaned, just polished. There is good graining on the case body, none on the upper bezel, and probably never was. Both push button door latches are intact and operating correctly although a little worn. The old iron weight is correct for the No. 2 and was cast with the number 2 indented. I would bet it was original for the very early models and were a little different than later ones. Some history of the clock was provided by one of the more recent owners. We can find very few recorded sales of this model but estimates put its value at $15,000 if all original. Ly-American Clocks, Volume 2, page 132. $5000-$7500.