Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. one of their rarer wall clocks, “Hanging Library”, ca 1880. This is an excellent walnut case that has been well cared for and kept clean and polished, and it is 25” high. There are no breaks or repairs and the top looks like it is carved but is not, just good cabinet work by the Ithaca factory. They put scores of etched designs over the top. There are applied ornaments and moldings around the dials. It has nickeled dial rings, original glasses, old dial pans and hands. Both dials have some age but one must assume with Ithaca clocks that the dial paper was changed many years ago. Movements are original and in good operating condition. Included in the case is the correct pendulum, old key, and old calendar rollers. The movement is 8-day, time and strike. It is pictured in Ly-Calendar Clocks, page 141, and Millers Calendar Book, page 51. $1000-$1500.
Welch, Spring & Co. shelf calendar clock, “Arditi”, ca 1885. One of the last calendar clocks this company made using the Gale patented calendar movement. Inside is a nice Gale label with operating instructions. The Welch Spring running movement is signed by Welch and is running nicely. There are no extra holes around the movements or dial pans. Walnut case is 27” high, polished/cleaned bringing it close to its original condition. There is no case damage or repairs evident. The case design is very nice but void of any applied or carved pieces, just some good jigsaw work and grooved designs over the top and side ornaments. The glass is original and everything else is old and original. Both paper dials are very nice but I suspect they may have been replaced at some time. The hands and pendulum bob are all original. Ly-Welch, page 62. $500-$750.
“Smith & Taylor / 105 St. John St. / New York, N. Y.”, 30-hour fusee shelf clock, ca 1840. The 17 ½ inch mahogany veneered case is sound with minor chips and repairs. There is a door latch on the front. What makes this clock desirable and rare is not only the fusee movement but the ripple around the door glass and around the top and the unusual cut glass heart tablet. Inside is a new painted dial, proper hands and pendulum. The clock is running and striking a coil gong. Inside is a paper label that among other things says, “cheap for cash”. I like that. $400-$750.
E. Howard & Co., Boston, “Presentation Model-Reissue” banjo, ca 1989. The 40” high case is cross banded mahogany, has strips of lighter wood around both painted glasses, with a wood finial, brass bezel, brass side rails, and round balls on the base. The painted metal dial is signed, “E. Howard & Co. / Boston”, and the movement is signed the same. The movement and several places on the case are marked. The clock is perfect and has all the accessories you would see on the original, early 1900 banjo, such as brass pendulum rod and bob, pendulum tie down, winding key, iron weight, door latches, hands, and glasses. The clock is not only “like new” it is “new” and probably never hung on the wall. It came to me in the original shipping box. This model is shown and discussed in several of Tran Duy Ly’s clock books. In particular see his book, “American Clocks”. $1000-$1500.
Seth Thomas wall clock, “Marcy”, ca 1891, and so stamped on the back of the case. Oak case is 46 inches, has been rubbed out and cleaned with a mild polish leaving a nice finish, slightly dark, more resembling walnut than oak, to me a beautiful antique look, worthy of a favorite hanging spot in an office. I always kept one in my office until I got the goofy idea to sell clocks. Now I barely get acquainted with them and they are gone. There is a small veneer patch on the bottom of the door, center panel, and a couple of minuscule chips. There are carvings top and bottom as well as some turned finials, all original. This is a clean nice clock with original glasses, dial, hands, beat scale, and pendulum. The movement and striking system are what sets this clock apart from others. It is eight day of course, spring driven, but striking quarter hours on two cup bells and hours on a bright and shining Cathedral gong. The dial is original and has held its paint surprisingly well for a ST, it only has a few small chips that have been touched up. This is a straight clock, no extra holes, new wood, or repairs other than the insignificant veneer patch. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 321. Books for $5000. I sold this clock in the Oct 2007 auction for $5200. $2500-$3500.
Diamond head banjo timepiece by Wayne R. Cline, Bowling Green, Ky., ca 2000. Like new version of the style made by Daniel Monroe of Concord, Mass. Glasses were painted by Tom Moberg, dial is signed by Cline and is in perfect condition. After inspecting the clock inside and out it apparently has never been run. The case is stamped “31” and has the serial number 03141700 stamped on the back meaning Cline finished the clock April 17, 2000. The case is 42 inches tall, has brass rails, eagle on the top, and brass pendulum bob with tie down. $1000-$1500.