English Bracket Chime clock, ca. 1900. A 16-inch-high bracket clock in a dark oak finish with a four-rod chime. The oak case is in good shape but the left front foot is either broken off or a replacement. The silvered dial shows modest wear. We cannot get it running but did not remove the movement from the case. One of the hammers for the 4-rod chime is missing; hammers of various sizes can be purchased from TimeSavers for $1.50. No label and no signature on the movement or dial. If you’re a chime clock collector this is a good buy as it should be easy to get running. $100-$250.
French “Bull’s Eye”, ca. 1890. A 24-inch case with an unusual metal surround decorated with a raised gold trim of flowers, berries, and vases. The flowers are painted and many are further decorated with “sparkle”, like what you would use in craft projects as a kid in school. Some of the decorated flowers have lost their sparkle. There is a gold filigree trim around the outer edge of the surround. I don’t believe I’ve seen a bull’s eye, or baker’s clock like this before; the surround is usually wood with MOP decoration. The paper dial is new, behind a glass cover; the outer door glass is old and wavy. The ornate hands are likely original but have been painted. The metal frame movement with a snail strike mechanism is running, but fast, and is not striking appropriately. We do not know how to adjust it, as it will strike when triggered by hand. The clock is running fast as well, and the pendulum bob is at its maximum extension; it may not be the right pendulum for the clock. It could be easily adjusted by adding a short wire extender. A pretty clock that needs some mechanical attention. $175-$250.
English triple fusee bracket clock, ca. 1872-1902. The Webster family produced clocks from 1711 until 1914 and were located on Queen Victoria St. in London in the late 1800’s. This massive carved oak cabinet is 33 inches tall to the top of the center finial and 20 inches wide at the base. I see no damage or missing pieces other than a missing ring in the left rear lion’s mouth, two shrinkage cracks to the oak bezel, and warping to the fretwork on both sides. The silvered dial is in reasonable shape, with some discoloration. It is signed “Webster · Queen Victoria St · London · 17388” and is also signed on the movement. The back door is wire screened and backed with fabric, as are the side wooden fretworks. The brass plate triple fusee movement plays Westminster Chimes on four large coiled gongs and strikes the hours on a fifth gong. It is running and striking appropriately. You’ll need a large space for this impressive clock. We couldn’t find any recent comparable sales but based on older sales of similar clocks we would expect this clock to sell in the $2000-$3000 range.
Austrian portico repeater, ca. 1880. This wood portico clock stands 22 inches high and 13 inches wide with a mixture of light wood and either black trim or ebony wood in places. The top shows wear from repeated cleaning, but from the front the wear isn’t evident. There are four fluted columns with brass trim pieces, a wood top piece in gold leaf, and a lyre backpiece behind a fancy pendulum. The dial is porcelain with a repair next to the left winding arbor, behind an old flat glass in a brass bezel. The clock is a repeater, first sounding the quarter-hour (one, two, three, or four strikes on a wire gong) followed by the hour count on a different wire gong. It is running robustly and striking correctly, but the hour strike spring is not winding fully and will need to be looked at. The dial says “Franz Schaffler in Wien”. $350-$500.
European? Carriage clock, ca. 1880? This clock is 9 inches tall with the handle up. It is black-lacquered metal on top and bottom, brass-plated columns and bezel, very worn, and a nickel or tin repousse front, all in need of serious cleaning. There are two side glasses, one with a frosted pattern, the other broken, and glass over the paper dial. It’s a backwind hairspring movement with an alarm that sets on the back. It is not signed anywhere and will only run for a few seconds. $10-$50.