Novelty Clocks 355-558
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355.     $100

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.

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359.     $50

Jefferson Electric Co. “Golden Minute” 1950’s.  The little brother to the Golden Hour, this electric mystery clock is 7.25 inches high and 6 inches wide in the same gold-plated zinc alloy.  Some of the gold finish has been worn off this clock but it still looks pretty good.  The clock is running quietly and keeping time.  $50-$90. 

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360.     $50

Jefferson Electric Co. “Golden Secret”, 1950’s.  These two mystery clocks differ from those that contain a rotating glass disk; they use a cable that runs through the tube from the back of the base to the hands in the center of the ring.  There is no glass.  These clocks tend to run slow, and these are no exception; both lose 5-10 min or so a day. The finish shows some spotting on the one on the right and there is a missing hour button at 5 o’clock, and the 7 o’clock button is a poor replacement; the one on the left has a slight mar on the right side of the base, but it is not very noticeable.  They stand 7.25 inches high and 5.75 inches wide.  Motors for these clocks are not readily available, but occasionally an eBay seller will list refurbished motors.  These guys typically bring $50-$60 apiece on eBay, but can sell for over $100 when in excellent shape. 

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361.      $100

Jefferson Electric Co. “Golden Helm”, 1953.  About the same size as the Golden Minute and also uses a silver chapter ring, but the lettering on the ring is black rather than white.  It also uses the same motor. It stands 8 inches high and has an anchor and sailor’s hook as hands, inside a ship’s wheel.  The finish on this clock is excellent. We replaced the motor and power cord, and it is running and keeping time, ready for service.  Ahoy!  $100-$150.

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500.           $25

Display of early Dutch/German time and strike clock, with wood plates and brass ? wheels. Hands protrude thru the plastic case in front. Bell on top, original hands, clock appears to be complete but not intended to run. More of a museum example. $25-$50.


506.           $50

Howard Miller ships clock, model No. 612-447. It is running and striking ships bells on the hours and half hours. Like new very clean and polished case, sits on a wood display block. The dial is about 4 inches, is signed “Howard Miller / 11 Jewels”. $50-$100.


508.           $50

“The Horolovar Flying Pendulum Clock / Ignatz / The Craziest Clock in the World”, ca 1970’s and made in Western Germany by the Horolovar Co. of the Bronx, New York. The original clock was made by the New Haven Clock Co., under the Jerome and Co. name, for about a year, 1884. In 1935 it was given the name “Ignatz”, by Dr. H. G. Rowell, because it reminded him of Ignatz, the mouse, in the old Krazy Kat comic strip. This clock is like new, running, and doing its crazy thing. $100-$200.


509.           $50

“The Horolovar Flying Pendulum Clock”. Same as #508, in good condition and running. $100-$200.


525.           $25

“The Columbus Clock”, first introduced in 1892. Made of carved and stained wood, it is a one hand, one day weight driven wall timepiece with wood movement. Has iron weights, and a lot of cord. This is an old and dirty example, the front plate is split and will need to be glued. Later in this auction will be a relatively new Columbus Clock offered. $25-$50.


558.           $50

Columbus clock, a different version than the one pictured at #525. I have had these before and it is easy to attach the rope over a wheel. The two rocks act as weights to run the clock. $50-$100.