Waterbury “Rambler” carriage clock, ca. 1906. This 5-inch carriage clock has been replated in a rich gold finish, looking much like a factory-new clock would. There are three beveled glasses, a signed porcelain dial, and a bell on the bottom to strike the hours and half-hour. The handle is not correct but looks fine. The clock is running, fast, and the strike spring is broken or not attached so it doesn’t sound the hours. There is a repeater button that restrikes the hours, useful if you keep this clock on your nightstand (and you fix the strike spring). There is a list of patent dates on the rear door, the most recent being 1891. You rarely find these clocks in replated (or good original) condition.
French Chinese champlevé repeater carriage clock, ca. 1970. This multicolored enamel
champlevé carriage is 8 inches tall with the handle up. The case is silver- or nickel-plated and most of the plating is still
present, although it shows areas of tarnish that would no doubt clean up with Nevr Dull wadding polish or Simichrome. It has
a white enamel dial signed “Marrella & Co.” with trefoil hands, a seconds hand, and an alarm dial. There are four beveled,
arched glasses and a beveled glass on top over the silver platform lever escapement with jeweled pallets. The clock is running,
fast, but the strike is out of sequence and I don’t know how to adjust that. There are way too many armatures and gears in the
back to sort out. I assume it is an eight-day movement. The handle is also lost from the back door and so it’s best not
to close tightly. It’s not signed anywhere, and the country of origin is not indicated, but Bob Crowder tells us it is Chinese. It’s really quite nice and only needs a bit of polish to really make it sparkle. Two keys are included. A similar clock
in gold can be seen on page 180 of Derek Roberts’ book “Carriage and other traveling clocks”. $200-$300.
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Brass carriage clock with filigree trim, ca. 1900. This standard size carriage clock stands 6 inches high with the handle up and has a 2-inch porcelain dial with a filigree dial insert. There is a bright gold front behind a filigree mask, with filigree side panels all behind beveled glasses. The glass in the door shows some chipping in the corners, and there is some dried brass polish behind the glasses on the sides that would clean up easily if you’re willing to take it apart. There is no signature anywhere I can see, and no country of manufacture indicated. The key that comes with it states “Made in England”. It is a time-only 8-day movement, and is running and keeping time. Very nice, I think. An identical carriage clock sold at Schmitt’s in 2004 for $500.
Large champlevé carriage clock, ca. 1970’s? In contrast to the two previous carriage clocks, this clock is probably of more recent vintage. It stands almost 8.5 inches tall with the handle up. The workmanship is of a lower quality than the European carriage clocks. It is an eight-day repeater with an alarm function and is running, keeping very good time, but is not striking the hours. We do not have a key with this clock, but you probably have a standard clock key that will work, and carriage clock keys can be obtained from TimeSavers. The cobalt blue enamel finish is attractive, the dial is porcelain, there are four beveled glasses, and the bronze finish is good. There is no signature or country of origin marked.
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.
Seth Thomas “Gramercy”, ca. 1925. This art-deco desk clock is 9 inches high in contrasting rosewood and a lighter wood trim (holly-wood?). The gold metal dial notes that it has a 4-jewel movement, backwind, time-only, but we can’t get it running. The clock is not shown in Ly’s two volumes on Seth Thomas clocks, but the paper label on the bottom makes it clear that this model is the Gramercy. A similar label is found on other ST clocks from the 1920’s. No sales that we can find.
Haddon Golden Vision, 1957. Haddon mystery clocks look very much like the more common Jefferson Golden Hour clocks, and both companies were in Chicago, IL. Although both are based on patents by Leendert Prins, the Haddon clock uses a wire connection from the minute hand tip to a gear ring in the bezel to move the hand, and the geared-down hour hand, around the dial. Like the Jefferson clocks, the motor is in the base and rotates a gear ring in the bezel. While the dial is vertical in Jefferson clocks, most (but not all) Golden Visions, including this one, have the dial tilted back by about 10° for easier viewing. The clock also is lit from behind, and the light control is twist knob at the back of the clock. The light shines out an opening, ideally onto a near wall to provide backlighting for the dial. This clock is running and keeping time; it lacks the bottom cover plate over the motor. The gold-tone case is in excellent condition; the hour hand shows some small scrape marks. $25-$50.