Clocks 21-30

23.           $400

New Haven Clock Co. wall hanging, “Saturn”, ca 1911. Solid oak case is very nice, clean and polished exposing the fine looking oak grain but is retaining the many years of smoke or other pollutants. Some are removed with polishing but a certain amount works its way into the wood to make it darker. It is 35” high; all wood parts are original as are all the internal parts including the beat scale, pendulum ball, wood stick, large weight, and pulley. The signed brass one weight movement is running strong. The dial shows slight aging but has no wear or chips, large hands are original as is the seconds hand.  Ly-New Haven, page 144. $500-$750.


24.           $1000

Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No. 5 ½ Hanging Belgrade”, in a new reproduction case. Extraordinary oak case, the color of medium oak, grooved designs all over the front and sides most are gold filled. Note the two dial boards and pendulum are also covered with grooved designs of various shapes and sizes. This model has black dials with gold numbers and lettering, and the calendar rolls are black with gold lettering. I was sure excited when I photographed this clock for the ones I have sold in the past went for over $5000 and up to $8500. Then I began to notice how nice it was, almost like new, and it is. Note the clean case, shining clean movements, and they are all running. The oak case is 37” tall, has many delicate wood parts that are easily broken or lost. To the best of our knowledge everything is correct on the clock and there are no glaring repairs or breaks. The black dials are also new, but on original period dial pans. The nickel plated 30 day movement is period and signed by E. N. Welch and marked as being made for Ithaca. The calendar movement is a reproduction. The hanging Belgrade is a rare model and I cannot find a recorded sale of an original at any of the east coast auctions. The last ones we sold were in the January 2008 and July 2010 auctions, one bringing over $8500. Ly-Calendar, page 139. $1000-$2000.


22.           $500

“Welch, Spring & Co., Forestville, Conn.”, wall calendar clock, “Round Head Calendar No. 4”, ca 1868-1884. The rosewood case is 32 inches tall, time dial behind the large wood bezel and glass, the calendar dial is much smaller and behind the bottom door and glass. There are 5 hands and all of them appear to be original. As usual the two dial are different colors as the top dial is exposed to the elements each time the door is opened while the bottom dial is encased in a metal container behind the bottom door and is never exposed or touched for that matter. The metal container has a label identifying tht the calendar movement as a “B. B. Lewis Perpetual Calendar”. There is most of a large label on the backboard behind that lower door. The upper movement is running and goes for 8 days and strikes a coil gong on the hours. Ly-Calendar, page 344. $650-$1000.


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25.           $1000

Seth Thomas Clock Co. “8 Day Parlor Calendar”, ca 1863. This old calendar clock is as original as I have seen. I doubt if anything has ever been done except the rosewood veneered case has been lightly cleaned. There are no repairs or problems that jump out at you. Both dials have been repainted and the roller papers are original. Not sure the upper hands are original. The gong, pendulum bob, and perhaps the old winding crank also appear to be original. All the movements are original and signed, running movement is strung and powered by two large iron weights, and it is running. The Mix Brothers calendar movement is also operating properly. Original reverse painted American Eagle glass in the center as are the two original glasses covering the dials. The two large iron weights are period.  Excellent (Thomaston) label inside that covers most of the 36 inch backboard, and a large (Plymouth Hollow) label on the back of the middle glass with directions for operation. The rosewood veneered case is 36.5” high, has a door lock with key, and the lock is working. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 102; Ly-Calendar #628. $1000-$1500.


21.           $300

Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Signet V.P.”, ca 1880. We see so few of this model we forget it is an early wall clock. At first glance it has a modern or art deco appearance. This may be  the first and only Signet I have ever sold. I sold it to this collector in the January 2001 auction for $717. He had the dial repainted to be identical to the Signet pictured in Ly-Seth Thomas #1027. The 23” walnut case is excellent, all trim pieces are original as is the nice finish. Inside is a complete black label, original brass pendulum bob and a key.    Very good glasses and black trim in strategic places for effect. The movement is 8 day, spring driven, time only and running briskly. I wish I could keep it. This rare model had a short production cycle, 1880-1885.  $750-$1000.

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26.           $400

Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1897. This 36” oak case has a factory date stamped on the back, “7981”. I am sure everyone is sick of me touting the Seth Thomas wall clocks, particularly the No. 2 Regulators, but it has to be the most stylish clock ever made. It goes with any décor in any room of the house, office, or store. They are quiet, time only, weight driven, and extremely well made and very reliable. The movements seldom need service unless you hang one in a cement plant or somewhere dusty or smoky. This case is light/medium oak, clean, with all original wood parts. I cannot tell that it has ever been cleaned, in fact I thought it was a reproduction until I delved further in it. The clock is all original, including the painted dial. The dial is beginning to blister but so far no flaking. Inside the case is a like new paper label, beat scale, original brass bob and wood stick, original weight, and three original hands. I have never seen brass so bright and clean, and I mean all the brass.  The movement is a strong runner, has not missed a beat here in my office. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 276-277. $1500-$2000.

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27.           $500

F. Kroeber, New York, “Regulator No. 31”, ca 1883. For whatever reason that I cannot explain there are railroad initials carved into the base. They certainly appear to be factory made initials not some later day things. The initials look like, “P C & St L”, but the complete paper label inside reads, “Penn Central & Youngstown Southern Railroad”. I sold a similar clock 10 years ago and I called the initials, “Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad”. The finish of the 34” high walnut case has been cleaned and polished.   There are carved pieces on the top and base. The glass is held with original putty. The 8 day movement has been kept in good running order, the movement is signed. There are two complete paper labels inside on the backboard. This clock has a $1500 book value in Ly-Kroeber, page 107, and that does not take into consideration the signed railroad logo. The one we sold ten years ago went for $620 plus 10%. $750-$1000.


28.           $500

Chelsea Clock Company, Banjo Clock”, ca 1940. It is fitted with a standard Chelsea non-strike, 8 day weight driven movement that is running nicely. The hand painted panels feature English and American warships. It is fitted on top with a brass eagle, has brass side rails, both doors have push button latches, and there is a signed “Chelsea” winding key. The mahogany case is 36” high, brass bezel with a bowed glass over the painted metal dial. The dial paint is original and is not pristine but very acceptable for its age. It has the correct hands and wall hanger. The case is nice and clean, and polished. Ly-Clocks, Volume 2, page 68; and “Chelsea Clock Company / The First Hundred Years”, page119. $750-$1000.

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29.           $600

Waltham Watch & Clock Co. ca 1930 banjo clock. This clock uses Waltham’s famous 8 day timepiece lever driven movement that is signed, numbered and running properly. The original internal parts is just the movement, there is no pendulum needed. The 40 inch mahogany case was made to accommodate either a lever movement or a weight driven movement. The case is clean and in excellent condition. The throat glass has a painting of George Washington and the bottom glass is a painting of Mt. Vernon. The dial is original, signature is good, hands are original, and the two door latches are in good working order. Mahogany case has the original finish, stands near 40” high, and retains the original brass eagle, brass side rails, and brass sash holding the good bowed glass. This style Waltham banjo clock normally sells everywhere, in the $1500- $2000 range. Our collector bought it 14 years ago at the height of rising clock prices. Ly-American, page 248. $750-$1000.



30.           $500

Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1887. The old oak case is near perfect, 36 inches high and made with good solid oak. Considering the clock may have been used somewhere other than a residence, it is miraculous that the clock is in such pristine condition. More amazing is the dial condition. A clock this old, especially a Seth Thomas clock, normally will have a lot of paint chips. There are a couple of chips with touch up paint and a few tiny chips outside the dial ring, but overall a very nice 140 year old dial.  You will note the 8 day movement is a typical time only signed brass movement and is running, All the brass is very clean and shining, clock is running, very nice label inside, and hands are  normal ST hands. Bezel with glass latches, bottom door is locked with the winding key. A very good looking clock, and priced considerably below the current selling prices for No. 2’s. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 274-278. $600-$900.