Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “Index”, ca 1875. Walnut case is 32 inches high, all original, clean and polished. Good gold “Index” lettering on the glass and it has the original back. Many times the backs are lost because they come off so easily. The original dials are good, it has the correct hands, and a correct nickel pendulum bob. “Manufactured for Lynch Brothers”, printed on the calendar dial. Paper rollers have darkened. The 8-day movement is time and strike, clean, and running and striking the nickel bell. If you want a nice Index for your collection this is a good one. This clock came from a good collection. A fair Index model sold on the east coast two weeks ago for close to $1800. Ly-Calendar, page 147. $1250-$1500.
Ansonia Clock Co. metal case clock, “Regent with Candelabras”, ca 1904. I have had this clock for a while, never displayed where folks would admire it, but tucked away in the dark because I did not want to sell it. It was refinished years ago in the original gold color, by the late Bruce Baziluk. Every smidgen of the case and candelabras was redone, so if you don’t like gold don’t buy this one. The clock is 22 ½” high and the candelabras are 20 inches high. It has cast metal pieces of all descriptions assembled into a very attractive clock. If it has a fault it would be that it is heavy. I have not seen but a couple of this model before so I cannot judge the value or collectability, however, if I have not seen many they must be rare. The ones I have seen did not have the candelabras. The glass is beveled, hands are correct and there is an open escapement mechanism. The movement is 8-day, and is signed. The movement is running and striking a rack and snail strike on a standing Cathedral gong, clock strikes hours and half hours, and there is a correct pendulum and key. This is a keeper. Ly-Ansonia #1548. $1250-$1750.
“Munger & Benedict / Auburn, N. Y.”, Ironing Board top shelf clock, ca 1833. Munger made high grade 8-day brass movement clocks using prison labor at the Auburn State Prison. Clocks were numbered probably for accounting reasons for they had a 3-year contract with the New York Prison System. Numbers from 203 up to 2877 have been reported. This triple decker case is 39” tall, has differing shades and grains of veneer, ironing board top and carved half columns. It has been cleaned and polished, patched and repaired as needed and presently needs a couple of small veneer repairs. There are the usual nicks and bruises on the corners and edges but hardly noticeable. There is a mirror in the bottom door that is no doubt a replacement. We have seen doors with two glasses and some with one glass. Upper glass has reverse painted designs and it is a replacement glass. The entire backboard is covered with wallpaper. Two sets of wood pulleys, compounded at the top to hold the large and heavy iron weights. There is a nice complete paper label inside. The painted dial is in good condition and holding the paint. Brass movement runs 8-days and strikes a bell mounted above the movement. The hands and the flying eagle pendulum are original. Munger was only active in the business from May thru November 1833 when this clock was made. He turned over the business to Hotchkiss & Benedict who made clocks in Munger’s name until 1937. This style clock used to sell between $3000 and $4000 at auction. $1250-$1750.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion 4T”, ca 1878. The “4T” model is a transition between the models 4 and 5 and has some attributes of each. As you know the Fashion clocks were made in St. Louis by the Culver Brothers who made their own cases and bought the finest movements Seth Thomas ever made. The clocks left St. Louis in covered wagons and were sold in several southern states, primarily to farmers. This clock was one of a load of clocks sold in west Mississippi and since a great many of the “4T” models are found in west Mississippi, it is generally believed that that wagon load was all “4T” models. It has a Cathedral gong, where the No. 4 had a brass bell. These dials are ones found on the No. 5 models. The movement has an outside fly, unlike the No. 4’s. I have sold scores or Fashion clocks, all the different models in all kinds of conditions. This is one of the best ones I have sold. This clock is pretty much all original including the dials, glass, finials, winding key, hands, movements, pendulum, and all wood parts. The two small finials are replacements and the old dials have been repainted. Ly-Calendar, page 286, and Ly-Seth Thomas, page 120. $2000-$3000.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. St. Louis, Mo., “Fashion No. 4”, ca 1880. Walnut case is 32” high, dark but retains the original finish. It has been restored, in that the dials have been repainted black, paper calendar rolls replaced to black, and the finials are glued in so I cannot evaluate them. The walnut finials are exactly like the originals. The running and calendar movements are operating properly, and inside is the original black and gold label of instructions and the white label telling you not to oil the calendar movement. The brass pendulum and wood stick look like what you would see on a No. 4 but it is a little too large. It looks fine, runs as it should, and no one buy you will know the difference. You should have a brass pendulum that is 2 5/8 inches in diameter. Large brass bell is clean and bright, correct hands, and it has nice nickeled dial rings. The etched designs on the dial board retains all of the original gilt, the tablet is excellent, and as usual I was disappointed when I looked in the secret compartment. Overall a very good example of this model. The previous collector had the clock restored to look like the No. 6 black dial models. Like him, if you have always wanted a black dial Fashion but did not want to pay $4000, this is an ideal substitute. I have had it in my office for some time and no one knows the difference. Ly-Calendar, page 286; also in the Ly-Seth Thomas book. $1250-$1500.
Three Weight, Grand Sonnerie, Vienna Regulator, ca 1875. The 8-day brass movement is not signed by the maker, nor is the dial. Double coil gongs on the back of the movement that sound the quarters and hours. Called a “Blind Man’s Clock”, because when it strikes quarter hours and hours during the night you know what time it is. It strikes one time 15 minutes after the hour, then strikes the number of the last hour. At 30 minutes past the hour it strikes two times on one gong, and the number of the last hour on the other gong, etc. Near perfect two-piece porcelain dial and a great pair of Vienna hands. The movement slides down into wood brackets. Polished brass pendulum bob, porcelain beat scale, three matching brass weights, three matching brass pulleys, and a winding crank. The 50” light to medium walnut case is near perfect, columns on the top and bottom of the door, it has an excellent original top, base, and finials, and it all appears to be original. The walnut finish has been cleaned to look almost new, then rubbed and polished, now with slick furniture like finish. The picture frame on the backboard has a darker walnut wood insert. There are three good glasses, wall levelers, and a door latch. $750-$1000.