Seth Thomas off-center pillar & scroll, Plymouth, Connecticut, ca 1820. This four-wheel train, strap movement uses the backboard of the case as the backplate of the movement. Eli Terry developed the movement and Thomas bought the rights for Terry to make them. During the early 1820’s a lot of experimenting was evident as they were constantly changing and improving the movements. The movement, its configuration in the case, the dial and hands, and the weights, are all identical to those pictured and described in Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 657-659. The mahogany veneered case is 31 inches tall, has brass finials (the early style but they are replacements”, ivory escutcheon and lock, glasses are original (bottom painting redone without removing glass from the door), and the paper label is complete (the name Seth Thomas was scratched off during the time he and Terry were involved in a lawsuit over the clocks). There is a tiny crack in the top glass that you can hardly see. The dial is very nice to be 200 years old, hands, pendulum, pulleys, etc. are all original or period. A rare clock worthy of adding to a collection. $1500-$2500.
Welch, Spring & Co. “Patti No. 1”, ca 1880. The complete black and gold label on the back identifies this clock as the “Patti V. P.” The polished rosewood case is 18. 5” high, complete with all the correct finials and the ornate turned columns on all four corners, it has the original finish that looks very nice but it does have some accumulation of smoke in places. Great glass in the door with the gold designs around the edge, correct pendulum bob, black flocking on the backboard, replaced paper dial and has the correct hands. Three good glasses, nickel bell, and the famous “Patti” 8-day movement that strikes hours on the bell. I would not call it a cream puff, but it is very nice but does have the usual tiny edge nicks. Ly-Welch, page 352-353. $750-$1000.
“Mark Leavenworth & Son, / Waterbury, Connecticut”, a pillar and scroll clock with 30-hour wood movement, ca 1825-1829. Excellent restored mahogany veneered case is 31” tall to top of the brass finials. Case appears to be perfect meaning whoever restored, if in fact it was restored, did an outstanding job. There is an ivory escutcheon and lock in the door and a key. Both glasses are old and probably original but some putty was made to look good. It has an excellent label, wood dial, period hands, iron bell, and pair of old iron weights. The wood movement is nice and complete with weight cords, rollers and metal covers on top. One scroll has a break repaired otherwise top is original. $750-$1000.
“Riley Whiting / Winchester, Conn.”, carved column and splat, short case, 30-hour time and strike wood movement, ca 1827. Excellent carved case 30 inches tall, mahogany veneer is near perfect, top glass is original with original putty, bottom glass is a replacement painted by Lee Davis. Complete paper label on the backboard, old pendulum bob, iron bell, old hands, nice wood dial and complete door lock but no key. It is unusual or different than any I have seen. From the gold chapter ring inwards it is raised from the outer part of the board. I must assume they ground down the board outside the chapter ring. Original finish has been cleaned and waxed. It is an exceptional clock in outstanding condition except for some stretch marks on the old dial. There are pineapple finials and claw feet underneath. $600-$1000.
Munger & Benedict, Auburn, NY, 8-day, time and strike, ironing board top, carved column shelf clock, ca 1833. The mahogany veneered case is 38 inches tall, the case is clean and polished, no veneer repairs stand out, only some scuff marks from hauling but polish will cover those. The mirror looks to be old but the painted top glass is probably a replacement. The dial is too nice to have not been repainted and the hands are probably replacements. The ironing board top has some painted trim around the front edge and the carved half columns are very nice. This clock is not as nice as #96, hence the lower minimum but it is as nice looking but the replaced parts brings it down a notch. The wall paper backing that covers the case inside is still very nice, the eagle pendulum, complete label, and the 8-day movement are all correct. It is running and striking on a bell. $1000-$1500.
American banjo of the Boston type, ca 1826. The 8-day time only movement is not signed, neither is the original painted metal dial. Previous collectors who owned this clock said it was made by Lemuel Curtis or Elnathan Taber, both with ties to Aaron Willard. Brass eagle, side rails and heavy sash holding the bowed glass. The brass eagle may well be a replacement. No way to know for sure. Excellent painted glasses that resemble so many we see on early banjo’s, “Aurora” the goddess of sunlight. Old iron weight is the type usually found in this type early banjo, it is not marked in any way. There is part of the pendulum tie down but the part holding the pendulum is missing. It has the original metal baffle covering the weight chute. The metal dial has good paint and the V slots around the edge that so many early dials have. The hands, pendulum bob, rod, pulley, iron weight, and winding crank, are all original or period to the clock. The movement runs fine. $1000-$1500.