Seth Thomas hanging clock, “Office No. 2”, ca 1884. An uncommon model specializing in female portraits in the bottom glass. Seth Thomas used female portraits more than any clockmaker. The good portraits, like this one, have always been sought after by collectors. I have had collectors to tell me, “if you ever decide to sell that clock please call me”. Otherwise it is more or less just a short drop clock with some brass decorations around the outside of the case. It is a walnut case, 26 inches high, clean, complete, and all original. The brass buttons are dull, glasses are good, pendulum is correct, and inside is a complete black label. The 8-day movement is running and striking on the hours. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 333-334. $300-$500.
Bundy Time Recording Co. , Binghampton, NY, ca 1903. Their time recorders used Seth Thomas movements and I cannot find information as to who made the cases but I will say that they certainly resemble other cases made by Seth Thomas for other companies. All of the time recording mechanisms are missing from the lower section of the case as well as part of the door which has been replaced with glass. The top and base of the 56 inch oak case are original and have carved sections that are very attractive. The dial is signed “ST” and it is original as are the hands, beat scale, and pendulum. There is a key lock on is running, it is extra large and takes a large key to wind the springs. It may well be a 15 day or 30 day running movement. It is a very nice looking case and you would not be ashamed to hang it in your home as a time only regulator. $300-$500.
Waterbury Clock Co. wall timepiece called the “Commodore”, ca 1897. This clock was not pictured in any clock books until Tran Duy Ly published his Second Edition, Volume 2, of the Waterbury clocks in 2013. That book was one of many clock books this gentleman published. If not for his research and photos a great many clock folks, including me, would have floundered in the sea of thousands of different clockmakers and clock models. This oak case is about 29 inches tall, with a 12 inch dial, and an 8-day time only movement. The pendulum has an added hook to attach to the suspension rod, and it is broken also. The dial has been enhanced all over and chips painted in. On the back are two excellent labels. Ly-Waterbury #2683. $125-$250.
American weight banjo, ca 1859. 8-day weight driven movement is not signed but the painted dial is signed, “D. L. Jenkins 1859”. There was a D. Jenkins clock dealer in Vermont during that period. Mahogany case is 31 inches tall, and has had a lot of joints glued and more need to be. Most all early banjos have been restored or need to be. This one is no exception. The painted dial appears to be correct but there are several extra holes around the edge so who knows if original to this case, hands are correct, pendulum parts and the weight are correct. We did not hang the weight to test for running. If you like to restore old clocks this is a challenge. One good thing, the mahogany case is exceptionally nice looking and the clock is complete. $400-$600.
New Haven “Crown”, ca. 1890. This model is not found in Ly’s book on New Haven clocks, but the label on the back of the clock clearly identifies it. The case is walnut, refinished nicely, 27 inches in length. There are a few small issues – a repair of some sort on the lower left, and the bottom edge of the round decoration at the bottom right is missing. The leveling tube is missing from its holder at the bottom and there should be a thermometer tacked to the center top piece. The glossy paper dial is a signed replacement, the front glass is undecorated but is old. A decorated glass can be purchased from TimeSavers for about $15, should you desire to get fancy. The signed 8-day movement is running and striking on the hour. $200-$250.
Seth Thomas “Globe”, ca. 1907. The mahogany case is 31 inches long with a painted metal dial and the designation “No. 48”, suggesting it may have come from a school. There are also remnants of an ST signature on the dial, and a label inside, very yellowed. The dial has been touched up at the upper right, and the lettering at the bottom has been touched up. Both glasses are old. The movement is correct, No. 41 as shown on page 979 of Ly’s second volume on Seth Thomas clocks. It is running effortlessly, keeping time. A very original example of this reliable clock. Two sales on eBay in 2015 for $276 and $285. $225-$300.