Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. mantel clock, “No 28” of their “Navy Sets”, ca 1901. The dark oak case is 24 inches tall with pressed designs all over, nothing to do with the Navy, only flowers, berries, and vines. The glass and case are all original as are all the inside accessories. The pendulum, gong, alarm movement, alarm bell, bras bezel, old paper dial, and 8-day movement are all Gilbert material. The movement is a strong runner and strikes half hours and hours. Ly-Gilbert, pages 349-352 for Navy Sets clocks. $75-$150.
Atkins Clock Company, Bristol. Conn. “Victor Roundtop #3”, ca 1873. This rare little clock is 15” high, made with rosewood, broken columns on the sides for which Atkins had a patent. There is a near perfect label inside, good glasses, original metal dial and hands, and a 30-hour time and striking spring movement. This is a fine example of an original Atkins cottage clocks. The clock is running and striking properly. The clock is pictured and described in the book, “The Clocks by Irenus Atkins”, by Gregory and King, page88. $100-$200.
Ansonia Clock Co. mantel clock, metal case, “Monmouth”, ca 1901. The clock has a brass finish and is good but the dial shows some wear. It is 11 inches tall with etched designs over the brass finish. The movement is 8-day and strikes hours and half hours on a gong. The sash is cast brass as are the round feet underneath. It is running and striking properly. Ly-Ansonia #1591. $150-$300.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. wood cased mantel clock, “Parole”, ca 1885. The 20-inch-high walnut case is complete and all original including the nice door glass. It has a fancy pendulum and a silver bell. The 8-day movement is running and striking hours on the bell. There is no label and I could hardly read the signed movement to find out who the maker was. Ly-Gilbert #1122. $75-$150.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. City Series clock, “Albert”, ca 1886. Sorry about the piece missing from the top in the picture. Noticed it later, it is just tacked on, easy to get knocked off. Walnut veneered case is 16 ½ inches tall, complete and original. The glasses are original, some flaking on the bottom glass. Dial is original, but paint is fading. It appears someone cleaned it and used something besides water. It is streaked. It has a door latch and gold paint around the outside of the door and inside, around the glasses. It has a complete label, coil gong, old pendulum, and a 30-hour time and strike movement that is running. I have collected City Series clocks for 45 years, bought and sold hundreds, and still have a bunch. This is only the second “Albert” I have had. Must be rare. Ly-Seth Thomas #504. $100-$200.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. shelf clock, “Chicago”, ca 1874. It is identical in every way to the hundreds of “Chicago” models we have seen over the years, EXCEPT it has a Chinese painted dial. Now to be clear, the dial is signed two places by Seth Thomas, it has a 150-year-old Seth Thomas label inside, and the 8-day movement is a Seth Thomas movement and signed by Seth Thomas, but this clock and thousands of other Chicago models were also shipped to China where they painted their language on the dial. True the clock has been “used”. It looks rough. No telling where it spent the last 150 years. This is not a Chinese knockoff, but a real Seth Thomas with a language we all better begin to learn. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 188. $75-$150.
Ansonia Clock Co. mantel clock, “Australia”, ca 1883. Seth Thomas had their “City Series” clocks and Ansonia had their series named for countries and continents. Part of the top is missing but what is present is all original and in good condition including the nice tablet featuring an owl, spider webs, and the inscription “Ansonia” in one of the spider webs. The walnut case is 21 inches tall, has an 8-day time and striking movement, and an alarm movement. Both the time and alarm movements strike on a nickel bell. On the back is a partial label. Ly-Ansonia #1789. $50-$100.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. mantel clock, “Dove”, one of Gilbert’s Birds Sets. They made them with wire gongs and Cathedral gongs. It is so clean inside and out that it looks new but I suspect some hobbyist with little to do spend days cleaning everything in and out. The dial is original and signed and the glass is original and correct for this series. It has an 8-day movement that is running and striking a Cathedral gong. It also has an alarm movement and it strikes a brass bell. The oak case is 22 inches tall, may have a small chip or nick around the case but is very clean. The movements, gongs, pendulum, etc. is clean and polished. Ly-Gilbert #1226. $100-$200.