French 4-column Empire clock, ca 1890. “F.A.E. que / E. Chatelain / Horlogeries”, stamped on the 8-day movement plate, which would date the clock around 1890. Brown (walnut color) wood case is 16. 5” tall, has inlaid designs on the front and on the base below the pendulum. The inlays are perfect. There are ripple like moldings around the top and base. The case is clean and should need no case work. There is a very nice cast bronze sash around the one piece porcelain dial. The dial is good with very faint hairlines. The dial is signed but I cannot make it out. Original French hands and a replaced, proper type pendulum. Four turned columns with bronze capitals and bases. A very attractive clock that runs and strikes a bell on the hours and half hours. $300-$500.
French Boulle, ca 1950’s. The large case is 23 inches tall, made of wood and painted with gold. After the case was painted gold it was then hand painted all over to resemble real inlaid Boulle and brass. They even painted the inside of the back door to resemble Boulle and brass, just like the originals. On top is a cast ornament and over the case are other castings. The 8-day movement is signed, “FHS / Germany”. It is running and strikes bim-bam on a bell, half hours and hours. This is a very nice clock, looks just like the expensive ones. It was made in West Germany. Note the large porcelain cartouche numerals on the brass dial plate. The front and back doors are glass inside cast brass frames. We have had this clock for many years and everyone who sees it thinks it is the real thing. I have never seen another one. $600-$750.
Lenzkirsch porcelain clock, ca 1891. The round 8-day movement is signed Lenzkirsch and the serial number is “945363”, and according to the company’s records it dates the clock 1891. The elaborate porcelain case is signed with the “crossed swords” trademark of the Meissen pottery company that started business in 1713, and continues today. They used many variations of the crossed swords trademark over the 300 years. This case is made of white paste, and then kiln fired. The cupids are all perfect, so are the tips of the various delicate parts of the case. I see no breaks, chips, hairlines, etc. on the case. There is a bowed and beveled glass in the brass sash, a bowed porcelain dial with blue Roman numeral hours, and Arabic minutes. There are very nice and correct French hands. The back is the same, has a bowed and beveled glass in the sash. The movement has a French type pendulum and it strikes on a bell. $300-$500.
Label reads, “Time Is Money / Franklin Clocks / With The Improvement of Bushing The Pivots With Ivory / Arranged And Manufactured By / Silas Hoadley, / Plymouth, Conn.”, ca 1830. Complete paper label covers over half of the backboard. Bottom painted glass is original, some paint loss. The upper glass is original but has a break, the mirror is a very nice replacement. It has a good wood dial, correct hands, pair of iron weights, brass bob, and iron bell on top of the 30-hour upside down movement. I did not hang the weights to the wood movement but the previous owner had it running. 35. 5 inch high mahogany veneered case is not a cream puff, some veneer chips, but it is complete. Columns and splat have no stenciling but are nice clean polished mahogany. The door has an ivory escutcheon with key lock, but no key. $500-$700.
“Chauncey Ives / Bristol, Connecticut”, pillar and scroll clock, ca 1824. 30-hour time and strike weight driven wood movement strikes on an iron bell each hour. The clock has been serviced and is in running condition. It has old iron weights, old pendulum bob and hands. The wood dial is excellent. Inside the case is practically a complete and very large paper label. The door has had some work done on the wood frame and both glasses are new. The mahogany case is 30. 5 to the top of the modern brass finials. The scrolls and base are new. On top there are period metal covers over the wood rollers. $300-$500.
Automatic Harp by “The Ward-Stilson Co. New London, Ohio”, ca 1880. There are six strings on a stained wood case with tri-chromate transfer decoration. This is their model #9582. They made other harps with different string arrangements. The on/off music box lever is near the base of the harp and it is playing one song. Underneath the base is a paper label stating the name of the tune being played. The label inside is complete as are other parts of the music box and case, except there are two missing guitar type strings on the outside that are just for looks. You can buy those strings at any music store. The music box in the bottom of the case winds on the back of the case. This may be a well know company in middle America but their Harps were very rare. $400-$550.