Clocks 11-20

13.           $2000

Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No. 3 ½ Parlor-Black Dial”, ca 1881. This clock has an 8 day, double spring, time and strike movement that is clean and running. We believe this clock to be 100% original, including the paper dials that are usually always replaced. The bottom dial (glass) is original and a few of the numbers show a little fading of the silver paint. All the hands are original; there is a winding key, and a crystal and beveled pendulum that is etched on the front, “ICCCo”. Unlike the white dial model this pendulum is flat on the back and not as thick. The wood backboards, all glasses, calendar rolls, and wood trim are all original. The movements are both original and operational. If you wanted me to list the faults of this clock, I would say, there are none evident. There is nothing out of the ordinary such as breaks, splits, repairs, etc. It has normal 130 year wear. The 20 ½” high walnut case has ebony trimmings and elaborate carvings, and some nickel plated accessories. This one is about as nice as they come, not pristine, but very nice. These black dial clocks sold for $5000 and more, then tanked badly below $2000. Now I see they are selling back up to $3000 and more at live east coast auctions.  Ly-Calendar, pages 132-135. $2500-$3000.



14.           $800

E. Howard & Co. Boston, “No. 5 Banjo”, ca 1880. Rosewood grained cherry case is 29” high, all glasses are original. Bubba attempted to put paint on the back of the bottom glass to cover some minor paint loss. Of course he screwed it up and made it worse. The case is clean and polished, has good graining, no repairs or new wood parts, and has the two original door latches. However, I am guessing the weight fell at some time and Bubba ran to the shop and glued the hinged side of the base back to the side panels. Again he messed it up. A child could have done better. It needs to be glued back properly. The old dial, pendulum, iron weight, tin weight baffle, pulley, and 8 day movement are all original. The dial has the original paint that is still in excellent condition and has the correct and original signature, but is so nice it leads me to believe it could have been repainted. The movement is signed properly, and the weight is marked with a “5”. And again, Bubba jumped to the rescue and added weight to the weight to make the movement perform better. You don’t do that to a nice clock. Fix the movement.       There is no screw in the pendulum tie down, otherwise this is a good straight No. 5 in fixable condition. Ly-American Clocks, Volume 1, page 117. $1000-$1500.

12.           $500

Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “Shelf Library”, ca 1880. This is an excellent walnut case that has been well cared for but not cleaned and polished, and it is 25” high. There are no breaks or repairs (backboard split and glued) and the top looks like it is carved but is not, just good cabinet work by the Ithaca factory. They put scores of etched designs over the top. There are applied ornaments and moldings around the dials. It has nickeled dial rings, original glasses, old dial pans and hands. Movements are original but unsigned, and in good operating condition. Included in the case is the correct pendulum, and old calendar rollers. The movement is 8 day, time, strike, and alarm. It is pictured in Millers Calendar Book, page 51; and in the “Reference Book of Ithaca Calendar Clocks”, by George Snow, Ithaca, NY, but not in Ly-Calendar.  $500-$750.


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15.           $500

“Wayne R. Cline, Bowling Green, KY”, 8 day miniature Diamond Head banjo, ca 2004. This clock is perfect, or near perfect with no blemishes, scrapes, bruises, etc. We have sold recently the full size Diamond Head banjos and in years past many of his other miniature and full size clocks. Since his passing collectors have been hoarding his beautiful clocks in anticipation of rising prices. Tom Moberg painted all his glasses and every part of each clock was made by highly skilled craftsmen. I have never heard of a complaint about any of his clocks. The dial is in beautiful condition which leads you to believe is has probably been in a box under someone’s bed. The case is stamped, “61” and has the serial number C6166904 stamped on the back. Mr. Cline signed the dial, the case and probably the movement as was his habit. $750-$1000.


11.           $1000

Chelsea Clock Company, extremely rare “Willard Banjo” with ships bell movement, ca 1927. I cannot find another example of a Chelsea banjo with ships bells although I know they made some. The company records show they began making them in 1927. The collector who owned this clock indicated he paid $2500 for it. The 43 inch mahogany case is original, clean, polished, has no visible damage or repairs. Our collector would not have bought it if it were not near perfect. The hand painted glasses depict Perry’s victory over the British on Lake Erie in 1813. It has a brass eagle, brass winding key signed “Chelsea, brass side rails, brass bezel holding the bowed glass, two push button door latches, and round balls decorating the base. The case is marked “7” in several places. The 8 day lever movement is running and striking ships bells half hours and hours. The dial is signed, “Ships Bells” and “J. E. Caldwell & Co.”. They were the selling dealer. $1000-$2000.

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16.           $2000

Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. shelf model double dial, “No. 5 Emerald”, ca 1880. This is the 30 day model, double spring movement, in a 33 inch high walnut case with burled panels and ebonized trim, nickel bezels and pendulum bob, just as the Ithaca catalogs describes it. Both the running and calendar movements are just like the examples pictured in Ly-Calendar and other publications. This case has been cleaned and presents itself very well. A door between the dials is removable I would assume to hang or remove the pendulum. The clock has only one flaw that I see. On the carved top there was a tiny piece broken off and a new piece made and glued in place. This is only the third Emerald model we have ever sold. I do know they are very rare, hence the high price estimate in Ly-Calendar, page 138. $2500-$3000.


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17.           $500

 Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Office Calendar No. 6”, ca 1888. Everything on and in the clock is probably original, great black label on the door, two original repainted dials, good glasses, old pendulum bob, original calendar rolls, and two original movements behind the dials. The calendar rolls are not very dark, but that is the way they always are if original. Minute, hour, and calendar hands are original. Not long ago we could be talking $1200-$1500 for this clock, in this condition. The factory stamped the date made on many of their clocks. The date on this one is 1888. The Seth Thomas calendar clocks have 8 day movements in them and this one has been serviced and is running properly. The walnut case is 32 inches tall, clean, polished, and in super nice condition.  Ly-Calendar, page 250-251. $500-$750.


18.           $1200

Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 4” ca 1880. We believe this clock is 100% original. The walnut case is 32” high, has the original finish and lightly coated with crust. All that means is, it has not been overly cleaned or polished and the natural smoke and other pollutants have been partially rubbed off, and some remain. Both dial pans are  original, and the dials were repainted at some time. We believe all four hands are original, same with the nickeled dial rings. The Fashion glass, brass bell, and the complete inside label, are all original as well. The label says the clock was made by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. solely for the Southern Calendar Clock Co. The three finials are original hand have good points, it has a correct door lock with a key. The two movements are said to be the finest movements ever made by Seth Thomas, and both are operating as they should. Overall this is a good example of the No. 4. It came to us with a collection of fine and rare clocks and the owner told us this clock was believed to have been with one family since purchased new in 1880. Ly-Calendar Clocks, page 286. $1500-$2000.

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19.           $350

Ansonia Clock Co. rare oak hanging clock, “Queen Isabella”, ca 1904. I have never owned this model before and have sold hundreds of Ansonia clocks. This is another great clock from the Ohio collection of several hundred super clocks that came to us just before Christmas 2017. They all were in running condition and only repaired if something was askew. This 38 ½ inch high case has the original alligatored finish, several carved pieces, lots of jig saw pieces, and the original dial and hands, pendulum, wood stick, and most of the paper label on the back. The dial is signed two places, has some stains but is all there. The movement is 8 day, spring, time and striking half hours on a gong, and running strong. Ly-Ansonia #624. $400-$600.


20.           $1500 

“Foster S. Campos, Pembroke, Mass.” Lyre banjo, ca 1982. The carved mahogany case stands 42 inches high, is like new and pretty well all original. His trademark pine tree is painted on the tablet. The dial is signed, “Wm. Mather / Randolph Center Vermont / No. 1”, and the case is stamped “1”. The case is in overall excellent condition, the movement is properly signed, “Foster Campos”. The 8 day weight, pendulum, and 8 day  weight movement are original stock and the movement is clean and in running condition. Wm. “Bill” Mather was a 50 year clock collector who passed in 2011. For whatever reason he wanted the dial on this “No. 1” Foster Campos lyre banjo to bear his name. He sent it to “The Dial House” with instructions how he wanted it painted. I have my reasons for thinking why he did it, because I have done the same thing. Note that this lyre banjo is identical to the Campos banjo in the January 2018 auction, No. 202. $2000-$3000.