Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Office Calendar No. 8, ca 1883. The unusual walnut case is 66 inches tall. The cupola on top is what sets this clock apart from any clock Seth made. I thought it sounded strange and looked strange (in the pictures) but in person it really looks great, so good I had to have one, well in fact, this one plus a reproduction I saw on EBay a while back. Downsize, well I sure plan to someday. I have never heard of a No. 8 being in near perfect condition. Well this one is as close as you will get. It looks to be all original. The time glass is original and looks like it has never been out of the door, however it has a hole in it so the clock can be wound without opening the door. One must assume it was done at the factory because the clock spent most of its life in a Timekeepers office. Other than that anomaly I would rate the clock near perfect. The finish has fine crazing and there have been no repairs except the interior dust cover was replaced correctly, with walnut. You would not have noticed it if I had not told you. Typical of Seth Thomas dials they were repainted by the Dial House. Some have told me they thought they were original. It is running and the calendar has worked without a flaw for the last 4 years. There were two that sold at east coast live auctions in 2016. One brought nearly $60,000 and it was missing the top. The other one brought $32,000 and it had been refinished. It was bleached out and did not present itself well. It is hard to figure the difference in the two. Probably internet bidding. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 97. Ly-Calendar, page 252-253. $35,000-$40,000.
The label on the back of this miniature New Haven double dial calendar clock reads in part, “No. 6 / Limited Edition of 22 Pieces / Miniature Double Dial Calendar / Michael Paul”. The running movement and calendar is functioning properly. I have had it running and watched as the calendar changed. The like new oak case is 12 inches tall, with applied ornaments over the front, full door glass, door latch, brass beat scale, brass dial rings, and proper dials and hands. $400-$600.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Office Calendar No. 2”, ca 1875. This is a very large rosewood veneered case standing 42. 5” tall, in very nice condition. It came from a collector of a house full of awfully nice and valuable clocks. One day last week we had over 600 rare clocks come in from 2 collectors. The case has some veneer damage, mainly the top, base, and rounded rings around the dials. This is a complete clock and a good restoration project for someone who can repair a few veneer chips. The movements, dials, weight, and pendulum bob, are correct or original for this model clock. The painted dials are 14. 5” in diameter, has good hands, and inside on the back of the door is a large black and gold label, all intact. It is signed, “Seth Thomas Clock Company, Plymouth Hollow, Conn.”. The time movement is 8-day, powered by one wafer weight that descends a weight chute on the right side of the case. The calendar movement is perpetual. The door lock on the case side requires a male ended key to operate the lock. One will be with the clock. A beautiful and large clock. I cannot believe how few of this model we have sold in 45 years. Ly-Calendar, page 247. $1250-$1500.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 6”, ca 1885. The walnut case is 32” high, has been cleaned and polished, not perfect but nice. The finials are glued in place, no way to know their age but they look to be original. The Fashion glass, the damascened pendulum, the four nickeled hands, nickel dial rings, door lock, knobs, two perfect labels, a beat scale, and everything else about the clock is original. The case was evidently smoky dark at one time but has since been cleaned and polished, and will have the normal wear and tear and chigger bites. The Seth Thomas movements are clean and some of the finest ST ever made. They are both running and changing the calendar properly. This clock, the No. 6, is the most scarce and the most collectable of all the Fashion clocks. Ly-Calendar, page 288. $3000-$4000.
Welch, Spring & Co. “Gerster V. P.”, ca 1880. The V. P. refers to the visible pendulum. 8-day, time and strike shelf clock with the “Patti” style movement. The 18 ˝ inch high rosewood and rosewood veneered case is near perfect, has the original finish, complete original gold designs on the door, and is completely originally in all ways. It has a black dial, original hands and pendulum. There is a good label on the back of the case. The clock has three original glasses, nickel bell, and brass dial rings. The door has a knob latch in front. Ly-Welch, pages 352-353. $600-$900.
Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn. large mantel clock, the empire style that some call a triple deck, but in the ST books it is called simply, “Column”, “Column Large”, or other such names. The large rosewood veneered case is 32” high, has large half columns, sleigh front base, and cornice top, all in near perfect condition and possibly the nicest I have ever seen, and I have seen, collected, and sold scores of them. Other than a couple of veneer chips on the base/sides, not front, it is perfect. This is a keeper. Inside is a complete paper label indicating it was made at Thomaston, Conn. That would date the clock somewhere in the 1870’s or 1880’s. Signed 8-day brass movement, coil gong, excellent painted dial, old hands, brass pendulum bob, and a pair of old 8-day iron weights. They are worth almost as much as the minimum. The three glasses are original and it would appear the rest of the clock is also original. Ly-Seth Thomas #1714. Nice examples of this model have been selling near $1000 for several years but if you have any money left you can probably buy this excellent clock for something less. $300-$500.