Penwood Numechron Co. “24 HR”, 1952. From back in the days when digital wasn’t commonplace. This is a 24-hour clock, or military time. Dark brown Bakelite case, 8 inches wide, 4 inches high, and 4 inches deep. Clear plastic window with plastic rollers with the hours, minutes, and a continuously rolling seconds display with each 15 second segment in a different color. You set the time by moving the rollers with your finger from underneath. Clock is running and keeping time. Original power cord. $25-$50.
Seth Thomas “Column No. 3”, ca. 1863. This 30-hour weight-driven clock is 25.5 inches tall with a nice refinish of the mahogany or walnut case. There is a good label inside from Plymouth Hollow and two old glasses, not necessarily original to this clock, but the lower period eglomise glass is very nice. The painted metal dial, with wear around the winding holes probably is original. The signed movement is running without issue, striking on the hour on the wire gong, with old weights, pendulum bob, and winder. I know these clocks are a dime a dozen, but this one is very nice. Give it a second look. $75-$150.
ATO battery-operated desk clock, ca. 1925. The case is rosewood with a burl pattern in front and blonde inlay strips surrounding a metal art deco dial and glass with “ATO” on the dial. It is 5.75 inches high and 4.75 inches wide. The brass electromechanical movement is signed “Leon Hatot | Fabricants | Paris, France”. It looks like it ran on a ‘D’ size battery or equivalent but we did not test it, and there is some corrosion at the battery terminals. Hatot’s ATO clocks were like the Bulle electromechanical clocks with a swinging magnetic pendulum, which can be seen behind the back plate; there is a lever to the right to secure it when moving the clock. A couple of sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide at Schmitt’s, typically about $200. $100-$200.
Jefferson Electric Co. “Suspense”, ca. 1958. This is the third Suspense we have had in as many auctions, a normally difficult mystery clock to find. The clock stands 13 inches high with a glass back, dial numerals on the back of the glass, and a plexiglass dial suspended on a beaded chain. The minute hand is tightened down against the plexiglass while the hour hand is free to rotate. The motor at the top turns the chain which turns the clear dial and the hands move with it, the hour hand geared down by 12. The finish on this clock is in excellent shape, with no scratches or loss of the 24K gold finish. There is some noticeable corrosion on the base at the back, but it is not visible from the front. The power cord is original, and the motor is running with minimal noise, but a bit fast. Sale prices in the last two auctions were $240 and $256.
Terhune & Botsford iron-front, 1850’s. They worked together for about a decade out of New York city, as noted on the interior label. The 8-day time-and-strike movement is probably by Jerome. It is running and striking nicely. I did not note a foundry stamp on the 19-inch iron-front, decorated with MOP around the edges and with the painted flowers in the middle. The gold and polychrome painting is not as bright as we would like but is pretty good. The dial has been touched up and needs more, both bezels repaired and don’t fit tightly, both glasses replaced; the hands are appropriate. $75-$125.
Terhune & Edwards “Lattice” ironfront, 1872. Henry Terhune teamed up with George Edwards in the 1860’s, through 1872. The label indicates that this clock was made late in their partnership at 18 Courtlandt St in New York. The name, Lattice, is cast in the back of the ironfront, but there is no foundry name. The 30-hour time-and-strike movement is also unsigned, but the paper dial is signed. The case stands 18.5 inches high and 14 inches wide. I spent some time trying to decide if the paint on the front of the case had been retouched, but decided that it most likely is all original; I suspect there has been some loss of secondary detail that leave the flowers looking rather flat. There is a lot of gold leaf and red trim around the edges, all likely original. I see no missing pieces. The clock is running and striking with authority. $175-$250.