Late Victorian Shelf Clocks 223-349
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223.            $300

Seth Thomas “Carson”, a City Series clock, ca 1884.  The back door has the factory stamp indicating the clock was made August 1884.  The company description of the case was, “sheet brass case, nickeled body, gold gilt ornaments at head and base, and bronze alligator panel”.  There is some wear on the brass, but the nickel and gold ornaments are good except for some minor grunge.  The case is 14. 5” high, free of any damage or repairs and has the original wood back door with a key lock.  French sash with beveled glass over the one-piece porcelain dial and original hands.  The dial is signed, is clean and free of any problems.  The 8-day brass movement is signed, running, and striking half hours on a cup bell and hours on a cathedral bell (gong).  A pendulum bob and key are inside.  We have been a collector of City Series clocks for over 40 years and have owned hundreds but have had hardly any of this model.  The Carson, Dallas, and Austin, are considered by collectors to be rarer than most City Series clocks because of the metal and/or metal ornaments that adorn them.  Ly-Seth Thomas #517.  $400-$600.


224.            $250

Seth Thomas one of their City Series clocks, “Dallas”, ca 1885.  Not an easy model to find in good condition because it is one of a handful in the series that has some metal on the case, in this example the base has metal ornaments.  Other parts of the case are walnut and the flat section around the dial is burl walnut.  Incised lines on the front are gold filled, and the buttons, finials, and the four feet are all turned.  Beveled glass in the sash, signed porcelain dial, and correct hands.  Full back door has a key lock and a knob.  Signed 8-day brass movement, outside count wheel, strikes half hours on a brass cup bell and hours on a standing gong and it is running.  Factory stamp on the back door, “5881K”, is their code for November 1885, the date the clock was made.  Ly-Seth Thomas #536.  $300-$500.

243.            $300

Seth Thomas Clock Co. City Series clock, “Greek”, ca 1879. Walnut case is 24 inches high, clean and in good original condition, with no repairs or new wood.  It has a side key lock, knob on the door, and original glass.  The old black label came loose in the base of the case and is now in an envelope.  It can be glued back in place if you so desire.  The nice ST pendulum bob, nickeled bell, brass dial rings, and hands, are all original stock.  The two-piece dial is signed and surprisingly in very good original condition.  The 8-day lyre movement runs and strikes hours on the nickel bell.  Some collectors have asked me how the “Greek” could be a City Series model.  There are many Greek/Greece named cities in the northeast.   Ly-Seth Thomas #545.  $400-$600.

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250.            $100

Seth Thomas mantel clock, “Cambridge” one of the College Series, ca 1900.  The walnut case is 23 inches tall, complete and original.  It is dark, never cleaned of the accumulated smoke, etc.  It has the standard ST pendulum used on those clocks, brass bell for the alarm to sound, brass leader and dial rings, old dial and hands, and an 8-day time, strike and alarm movement that is running and performing properly.  Inside is a complete paper label.  Ly-Seth Thomas #2260.  $150-$200.

344.     $1250

Seth Thomas “Garfield”, ca. 1883.  This classic, weight-driven shelf clock is 30 inches high, named after the second US president to be assassinated, in 1881.  The case is walnut in an old if not original finish and with a nice amount of “patina”.  The glass is original, the dial repainted long ago; the hands are original, as is the pendulum and bob.  The dial trim, weights, and damascened pendulum bob are nickel-plated; the weights and bob could use a bit of polish. A decent label inside on the bottom, no date on the back of the case.  The movement is correct to this model and is running, but would benefit from service.  All in all, a nice example of this difficult-to-find classic.   Our most recent sale of this clock, also in nickel, was for $1500 in 2015.  $1200-$1500.

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349.     $1200

Seth Thomas “Garfield”, ca. 1883.  “When it rains, it pours” and we have two Garfields in this auction, not having had one since 2015.  This one is also in walnut, the case in cleaner condition; note that 4 small trim pieces are missing off the top of the case at the back; their loss is not noticeable unless you look (now you will).  The trim is nickel but the weights are brass.  Nice shiny damascened pendulum bob and nickel beat scale.  The dial was recently repainted; the hands correct, the glass original.  The proper signed Seth Thomas movement is running and striking appropriately on a cathedral gong.  No label and no date on the back.  $1200-$1500.

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