“Union Manufacturing Co. Bristol, Conn.”, brass movement shelf clock, ca 1843. On the case back is an ink stamp that reads in part, “Gilbert & Parks”. Maybe a selling dealer, an address is also listed but I cannot read it all. The case appears to be maple or some other light colored wood, OR it was once veneered and all has been stripped off. The brass movement is unsigned, has two wafer weights, coil gong, wood dial, and brass pendulum. The dial has stretch marks. The movement is running and striking. Several other companies sold identical clocks with their labels. No one knows for sure if all were made by one company or several companies made them. $100-$200.
“C & N Jerome, Bristol. Conn.”, ca 1828. Gilded column, Empire style case, 30-hour wood movement clock, with long pendulum. Chauncey Jerome provided the cases, brother Nobel the movements. It has large turned wood feet, nice original gilt on the columns, carvings each side of the mirror, and a nice cornice top. The mahogany veneered case is 32” high. The two glasses are replacements, not sure if the mirrors are original. Door lock and escutcheon on the top door, neither on the bottom door. The inside of the case is very nice and clean and the label is complete. There is an excellent wood dial, old hands, pendulum bob, key, and pair of iron weights. The movement is complete and functioning properly. The veneer has two small chips, one lower back corner nick, otherwise the veneer looks very nice. All in all, a very nice early clock. $200-$350.
New Haven “Crown”, ca. 1890. This model is not found in Ly’s book on New Haven clocks, but the label on the back of the clock clearly identifies it. The case is walnut, refinished nicely, 27 inches in length. There are a few small issues – a repair of some sort on the lower left, and the bottom edge of the round decoration at the bottom right is missing. The leveling tube is missing from its holder at the bottom and there should be a thermometer tacked to the center top piece. The glossy paper dial is a signed replacement, the front glass is undecorated but is old. A decorated glass can be purchased from TimeSavers for about $15, should you desire to get fancy. The signed 8-day movement is running and striking on the hour. $200-$250.
Seth Thomas “Globe”, ca. 1907. The mahogany case is 31 inches long with a painted metal dial and the designation “No. 48”, suggesting it may have come from a school. There are also remnants of an ST signature on the dial, and a label inside, very yellowed. The dial has been touched up at the upper right, and the lettering at the bottom has been touched up. Both glasses are old. The movement is correct, No. 41 as shown on page 979 of Ly’s second volume on Seth Thomas clocks. It is running effortlessly, keeping time. A very original example of this reliable clock. Two sales on eBay in 2015 for $276 and $285. $225-$300.
Ansonia “Angelo”, ca. 1880. This 12.5-inch high enameled cast iron clock has been repainted, both the black and the gold incising. The trim molding on either side has been feather-painted in red, and may be artistic license. It holds a signed 8-day movement that strikes a bell on the hour. It is running and striking. No sales records for this clock that we can find. $125-$175.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 4”, 1875-1889. Solid walnut, refinished of late, 32 inches high with center finial. Finials likely replacements, well matched. The dials are no doubt original paint, with some flaking, and some stains of indeterminate nature on the calendar dial. Hands are correct; the day and month rollers are yellowed but readable, and no doubt original. Old glass, good Fashion gold label, short drop pendulum with Seth Thomas-style damascene pattern. The 8 day time-and-strike movement is clean and signed “Manuf’d by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. Thomaston CT solely for the Southern Calendar Clock Co. St. Louis MO.” along with some patent dates. The time and calendar movements are correct and shown on pages 276 and 278 of Ly’s book “Calendar Clocks”. The clock is running, keeping time, striking on the brass bell, and the calendar is advancing. A long-necked key is included. Don Hellstern tells me this is a late version of the No. 4 movement. Average sale price on eBay for Fashion No. 4 clocks over the last several years is $1422. $1400-$1800.