Waterbury Clock Co. “Willard No. 1”, banjo clock, ca 1906. The unusual wood is Flemish Oak and the case is 43 inches tall. It has cast gilt trimmings including the large top finial, bezel, pendulum ball, and side arms. The 8-day movement is signed, “Waterbury Clock Co. USA”. This model has the time only weight movement. The weight drops to the base behind a metal cover. The pendulum beats above the cover and does not and did not ever have a tie down. The weight, pendulum and stick, and pulley are all correct for this model. The 8-inch porcelain dial and hands are very nice and correct for the clock. The glasses are original as are all the wood parts of the case. Ly-Waterbury #121. $500-$750.
E. Howard & Co. Boston, “Regulator No. 59-8”, ca 1977. Reissued by Howard in a limited production run, this one bearing serial # 180, and was sold originally to Sam L. Bowser, March 1978. There is a signed receipt-label with the clock. Howard made four sizes or this model, this being the second by dial size with an 8” dial. Although this clock is about 40 years old, it is immaculate, new in the shipping box, never hung on the wall, and an exact copy of the originals made 135 years ago. 46” high walnut case, small turned columns on the sides, wood bezel around the dial, trim around the side glasses and front glass, and a couple of moldings on the base, all painted black making for a nice overall design for this sleek cased clock. Baffle board down the center of the case is made with a lighter wood, probably maple. 8-day, single weight, time movement is running, of course. Before transporting I removed the baffle board and weight so it could be shipped separate from the case. An original would probably cost you $10,000 or more today. Only you will know it is not old. Ly-American, page 128. $1500-$2000.
E. Howard & Co. Boston, reissue walnut cased figure eight wall clock, “No. 10”. The 8-day movement is stamped, “Made By / Howard / Waltham, Mass.” Some This 34” high clock is in Mint condition, and I doubt that it was ever wound. Everything is original and in fine condition. In the 1970’s Howard began to reproduce several Howard clock models. After the first 500 were sold to NAWCC members, Howard continued making this model until the late 1970’s, and at that time they were selling them for almost $3000. The company sold and the new owner fired most good employees. By 1980 the company was on the verge of bankruptcy by and the new manager was caught trying to blow up the factory. The firm was placed in bankruptcy, creditors paid, and the firm was sold to private investors who continue making “Howard” clocks. Ly-American Clocks, page 118. $1000-$1500.
Wayne Cline, Bowling Green, Ky. “Girandole” wall banjo, in gold leafed mahogany case, ca 2003. This well-known clock maker passed a few years ago and his excellent clocks are not to be found unless you wave a roll of money before the collector’s eyes. We were very fortunate to obtain this clock as very few become available. This 8-day, one weight timepiece shows his signature on the dial and the movement, and each case he makes is numbered in many places, this one being stamped “24”, meaning he made 24 Girandoles to that date. The case is marked several places, several ways, such as, “#02461803”, or “0/24/618/03”, etc. The cases are extremely ornate and covered with bright gold leaf. This is a beautiful copy of the Lemuel Curtis early model, with wedding scene glasses by Tom Moberg, and a painted dial by the Dial House. It has bowed glasses top and bottom, detailed workmanship throughout. We have the original shipping carton for the clock. An original Lemuel Curtis Girandole clock would bring well over $100,000. We sold this clock in 2005 for $6000. There are very few coming on the market these days but the last two sold at eastern live auctions went for nearly $8000.
Seth Thomas wall clock, “Marcy”, ca 1891, and so stamped on the back of the case. Oak case is 46 inches, has been rubbed out and cleaned with a mild polish leaving a nice finish, slightly dark, more resembling walnut than oak, to me a beautiful antique look, worthy of a favorite hanging spot in an office. I always kept one in my office until I got the goofy idea to sell clocks. Now I barely get acquainted with them and they are gone. There is a small veneer patch on the bottom of the door, center panel, and a couple of minuscule chips. There are carvings top and bottom as well as some turned finials, all original. This is a clean nice clock with original glasses, dial, hands, beat scale, and pendulum. The movement and striking system are what sets this clock apart from others. It is eight day of course, spring driven, but striking quarter hours on two cup bells and hours on a bright and shining Cathedral gong. The dial is original and has held its paint surprisingly well for a ST, it only has a few small chips that have been touched up. This is a straight clock, no extra holes, new wood, or repairs other than the insignificant veneer patch. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 321. Books for $5000. I sold this clock in the Oct 2007 auction for $5200. $2500-$3500.
Diamond head banjo timepiece by Wayne R. Cline, Bowling Green, Ky., ca 2000. Like new version of the style made by Daniel Monroe of Concord, Mass. Glasses were painted by Tom Moberg, dial is signed by Cline and is in perfect condition. After inspecting the clock inside and out it apparently has never been run. The case is stamped “31” and has the serial number 03141700 stamped on the back meaning Cline finished the clock April 17, 2000. The case is 42 inches tall, has brass rails, eagle on the top, and brass pendulum bob with tie down. $1000-$1500.