“Birge, Mallory & Co. / Bristol, Conn.”, triple decker clock, ca 1837-1843. The 8-day, two weight movement in this case is called a “strap frame”. The 37” high case is mahogany veneered, and near perfect in every respect. I do not see veneer glue backs, or patching, and if veneer is missing, you cannot tell. Both doors, top and bottom, are beveled, or angled; both have brass escutcheons, key locks, and a key. I believe all three glasses are replacements, but nice ones. The carved top, half columns top and bottom, and full turned middle columns, are all gold. I am sure the clock was perfect when it left the collectors home but hauling left a couple of bruises on the gold. The label is complete, the brass movement is signed “BM&Co”, and it is complete, and we believe in running condition, although we did not hang the two old iron weights, or brass pendulum. Good looking wood dial has a good amount of gold on the four corners and the rings around the numerals. You sure won’t have to do anything to this clock except wind it, it is ready. Reference: “The Contributions of Joseph Ives to Connecticut Clock Technology, 1810-1862”, by Kenneth D. Roberts, page 263 particularly. $350-$500.
“Improved Clocks / Made and Sold / By / Ephraim Downes, / Bristol, Connecticut.”, pillar & scroll clock, ca 1825. Note-this label has spelling as, “Downes”, not “Downs”, as seen on most labels. The 31 ½ inch high mahogany veneered case has been restored to its original condition. The top glass and the bottom painted tablet by Tom Moberg are both replacements. It has a door lock with key and wood inlay escutcheon. Perfect paper label, brass bob, 3 brass finials, very good wood dial and period hands, iron bell and iron weights. The wood movement was identified by the previous owner as, 8.12, with 42 teeth in escape wheel, but plates are only 2 ¼” thick. The scrolls, chimneys, returns, and the base including the feet and skirt are all original to the case. Both scrolls have been broken and repaired, cannot tell from the front. $500-$750.
“Birge & Ives, Bristol, Conn.”, triple decker carved case shelf clock, ca 1831. Ives as you know was a prolific inventor, always experimenting with new movements and cases. He somehow got in “Debtors Prison” in New York City where Birge rescued him and took him back to Bristol where they were in business together for a year. This clock is really very special from the carved eagle splat down to the carved feet. There are carved columns top and bottom and gold painted columns in the center. As I have repeatedly said, this collector wanted his clocks to be as near original as possible so it has a new painted tablet, new mirror, and new glass in the top door. The doors have ivory escutcheons, locks, and key. The label is near perfect, as is the wood dial, and strap brass 8-day movement. It has an iron bell, correct iron weights, old pendulum bob and winding crank. This is as good as they get. See page 105 in the green book by Ken Roberts, figure 44 for the exact clock. $500-$750.
“Chauncey Jerome, New Haven, Conn.”, wood cased mantel clock, “Column”, ca 1855. New Haven Clock Co. took over operations of the Jerome Mfg. Co. about 1856 and made clocks identical to this Jerome clock. See #1 and #5 in this auction. This is Jerome’s 8-day time and strike model that is in near perfect condition as are all the clocks from this collector. The first 100 clocks in this auction plus others we will list from the 350-clock collection. Half or more will be in a later 2018 auction. Apparently, the tablet in this clock is a replacement, the dial repainted, but otherwise it is original and near perfect. Same description as #1 and #5 above. $100-$200.
“Seth Thomas, Thomaston, Conn.”, miniature flat top with round base, ca 1875. The movement in this case is their “E” movement, time and alarm. The movement runs 30-hours and is signed, “Plymouth, Conn.”. The glasses are good, dial was repainted, correct door latch, old pendulum, complete label, large iron bell, and the 30-hour movement that is running and operating the alarm feature as intended. The oak case is 9 inches tall and in excellent condition. $100-$200.
“Samuel Terry / Bristol, Conn.”, ca 1831, column and splat clock. The mahogany veneered case is clean, stenciling is good on the half columns and the splat, reportedly done by Karen Larson. Both old glasses have new putty so must assume they are replaced, tablet painted by Shipley. The mahogany case is 33 inches high, ivory escutcheon, door lock and key. Complete paper label, old bob, iron bell, and good working wood movement. It has a very good wood dial and a pair of period hands. The 30-hour movement has been identified as #1.112. As with all the clocks in this collection, this clock is very attractive and clean. $100-$150.