Lux “Good Luck Horseshoe” clock, ca. 1939. A bright chrome, 8-inch tall alarm clock with a silvered paper dial. Running and keeping time, one day backwind. All the knobs and screws are in place, the alarm rings should you need it. Only very slight pitting to the finish, no major flaws. Who doesn’t need one of these? We sold two last year for $45 each. $50-$75 on eBay.
Lux backwind and Seth Thomas “Bengal”. The clock on the left has a signed Lux movement but no label and cannot be found in Lux clock listings. It’s a 0ne-day, and running, but the hands slip. It is 6 inches wide and 3.5 inches high. The clock on the right is the Seth Thomas “Bengal”, ca. 1940, an 8-day backwind lever movement that is running and keeping time. It is 4 inches high and 5 inches wide, in mahogany with holly-wood interleaves (page 527 of Ly,Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements, Vol. 2). Metal dials on both. $25-$50.
Telechron “Electroalarm”, 1929-31. This is one of the most popular Telechrons, put into production after General Electric bought Telechron. The brown plastic bakelite case is in excellent condition, no chips, breaks, or scratches. The gold metal decorative strips in front are present and original, as is the dial and hands. The clock is running – BUT – you can’t set the time. The knob for moving the hands is frozen, so the only way to get it to show the correct time is to start it at the time showing. I think there is also a problem with the power-loss indicator (the red dot) as the handle is loose. We did not test the alarm. The light bulb at the top of the dial lights when turned on. The power cord is an old replacement; the glass over the dial should have a mirror finish around the rim. Since the clock runs, if you are good with these things it seems you ought to be able to free the hand-set shaft and make this clock fully functional. It stands 7.5 inches high. The average sale price for these clocks on eBay over the last few years is $297.
George Mitchell Bronze Looking Glass, ca. 1825-1832. Mitchell was in the clock business from 1821 to 1832, buying movements from Ephraim Downs and others, and employed Chauncey Jerome, the originator of the bronze looking glass clock in 1825. This clock, likely built by Jerome, is 35 inches high and 16.5 inches wide, with what would appear to be the original stenciling and finish, the original dial (with much wear), and the original upper glass. I suspect the mirror is a 1900’s replacement. There is a modest veneer chip on the back right side, otherwise it is all complete, and probably original. The 30-hr “groaner” movement is complete and I see no missing teeth, although I see one small repair on the great wheel. We can get the strike side to run and strike, but the time side only runs for a few minutes. Nonetheless, it does not jam, so probably will run with some attention. Square “groaner” weights are included. The bronze looking glass clock, the clock that introduced interchangeable parts manufacturing. $200-$300.
Wm. Gilbert “No. 3036” store clock, ca. 1910. Not shown in Ly’s book on Gilbert clocks but clearly labeled on the back, and very similar to the Gilbert “University” model (page 153 of Ly’s book). It is 38 inches in height with a very nice refinish on the oak case. Both glasses are old and the stencil and trim paint is in excellent shape. The paper dial shows considerable foxing and the pendulum bob has a rusty spot on the bottom. There is an unsigned 8-day time-only movement inside and it is running and keeping time. $225-$325.
United Clock Co. “Lucky” electric clock, 1949. A chrome horseshoe on a stepped wooden base holding an electric clock, marked “Lucky” at the top of the horseshoe. The stamped manufacture date inside is 1949. The cord and plug are new; the clock is running and keeping time, 9 inches tall and 9.5 inches wide. $25-$50.