Clocks 41-50

43.           $500

English Skeleton clock, an ordinary London made clock with a single fusee, scrolled design and fretted dial, old dome and base, ca mid to late 1800’s. It is not a striking clock so you will not need to stop it when company comes for the night. Brass clock rests on four posts that are attached to the wood base. Silver dial has painted and recessed numerals, slight wear on the dial, and is not signed on the dial or movement. In fact we cannot find a number or mark of any kind on the metal or wood. The movement was recently serviced and the chain fusee and other parts are clean as a pin. It is running strong. Large, heavy brass pendulum hangs in the back. Wood base has three turned wood feet and is slotted on top to hold the original glass dome that fits perfectly. With the dome in place the clock is 17” high. $650-$1000.

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44.           $350

“Boston Clock Co. Boston”, crystal regulator clock, “Delphus”, ca 1884. Maker of fine and unusual clocks, a forerunner of Chelsea Clock Co. The company was known for having tandem winding systems in their clocks, where the time and strike are wound by turning the key in opposite directions in the same keyhole. This 11 inch high gold plated  case has four glasses, front and sides beveled glasses,  two doors with knobs, standing Cathedral gong and a most unusual signed back plate on the eleven jeweled 8 day movement. The silver back plate is completely covered with etched drawings. The porcelain dial ring is perfect, inner dial is very unusual with a lion’s head figure and other designs. The 8 day movement is running and striking half hours on the gong. Ly-American, Volume 1, page 75. $500-$750.

42.           $500

Ansonia Clock Co. “Crystal Palace No. 1 Extra”, ca 1880. An excellent example and near perfect excepting for slight wear to the paper dial. The dial is signed as is the 8 day time and bell striking movement. The movement is running, as are all the 200 clocks in this fine collection. The pendulum is original of course, as are the two statues, mirror, base, and the extraordinary dial surround which Ansonia only used on a handful of clocks. Most importantly, the old glass dome is original to the clock, however it has a repaired crack on the back. If you turn it around you will have a repair on the front. I have never seen one repaired any better, never the less, it is cracked. The clock, with dome, is 19.5” high, without the dome about 17” high. This one would be in the top 10% of all the Crystal Palaces we have sold if not for the glass. Ly-Ansonia, page 95. $500-$750.

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45.           $400

Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1890. Near perfect 36.5” oak case, very clean, polished, ready to hang and enjoy. All wood case parts and internal parts appear to be original to each other. The metal dial was repainted and looks like new. Thankfully many buyers want their dials to look like new. It is signed in two places, and has three correct hands. The signed 8 day movement is running, the pendulum, pendulum stick, brass weight, and beat scale, are all correct. A complete and very good label is inside on the base. You are probably tired of me touting that this is America’s most collected clock. There must be one in every home. They are also the best made clock, never need repairs or service if you treat them as you should. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 277. $500-$750.

41.           $400

Ansonia Clock Co. “Crystal Palace No. 3”, ca 1875. Eight day movement is signed, “Ansonia Clock Co., Ansonia, Conn. U.S.A.”, and is running strong and striking hours on the bright and shining nickel bell. The walnut case is 17 ½” high including the glass dome. The walnut wood is excellent, has a factory engraving on the top of the base that says, “Davies pat’n”. It has very good mirrors, original inner dial, replaced dial ring, and attached brass decorations. This is a fine example of the No. 3, and about as good as one could hope to find. Unfortunately the glass dome is cracked, in the back of course, and was glued nicely, and frankly does not show from the front, BUT it is broken. Ly-Ansonia, pages 96-99. $500-$750.

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46.           $750

Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Regulator No. 4”, ca 1881. This is another of Gilbert’s very fine wall clocks, and seemingly pretty rare for I find only 2 sales in several years among the nations auction houses. There are some minor problems; the bottom finial is attached properly but I would put some glue on it to hold better. On the top with its great carvings, is a large bust of some character, the tiny finial ornaments each side of the door, and a lot of other fine wood work. There are three good glasses, painted on the front glass “True Time”, a modern replacement signed paper dial with seconds dial, three hands, nickel dial rings, nickel weight, nickel pulley, and nickel beat scale. The pendulum ball and wood stick are original, but our degenerate friend Bubba, cleaned the nickeled bob in his ultrasonic cleaning machine and it dissolved the nickel, leaving the ball copper colored. The walnut case is 51” high and a very attractive clock.  Gilbert’s original 8 day, time only, unsigned movement runs fine. There are no surprises, i.e. extra holes anywhere; it is a good original clock. I cannot find that I have ever sold a No. 4, and I cannot find but one sale of a No. 4 at any other auction. It must be a very rare model. Ly-Gilbert #340. $1000-$1500.


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47.           $500

“The E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, Conn.”, wall calendar named, “Ionic Calendar”, ca 1886. This model has a 12” time dial and a 10” calendar dial, and 5 hands. It appears both dials have been repainted. The rosewood case is 29.5” high, is clean and polished and looks great. The rosewood is a beautiful wood.  Excellent labels inside, in fact near perfect. One on the backboard, one over the calendar movement in the lower door. This may be the only clock that has heavy oversized hinges on the doors. I am sure it is because the doors are so heavy, particularly the lower which has the calendar movement in it. The upper movement is signed, 8 day, time and striking on a coil gong. Inside is a period brass pendulum bob and an old winding key. Overall the clock is in very good condition, has two great movements, and is performing properly. Ly-Ingraham, page 112; Ly-Calendar, page 106. $750-$1000.



48.           $750

“The Prentiss Clock Improvement Co. New York”, signed on the old dial. Signed on the dial of the Prentiss we sold in the Jan. 2007 auction was, “Prentis Calendar & Time Co. New York”. This clock is their “Empire With Calendar” model, ca 1897. If you are not familiar with this type clock, or the maker, you may want to do some research before bidding. It is not your normal calendar clock. The entire oak case top lifts off the movement and backboard. A clock novice could have a serious breakage problem if the clock is not handled properly. The upper glass has been replaced, upper paper dial and dial pan are correct but worn and dirty. The clock case was cleaned and polished.  The clock is almost complete and we were told, functioning properly. From what I can find out if the winding arbor is above the 6, two springs are wound at the same time. Two springs, depending on the size, means it would run, 30, 60, or 90 days. The winding arbor for an 8 day movement is between the 4 and 5. The calendar mechanism has its own huge spring and the time movement has only one large spring. We believe the collector could not find a second spring that would match. However we were told it runs on one spring and the calendar mechanism is operating properly. The very nice oak case is 37” high, signed on the base, “Property of the Prentiss Calendar & Time Co. New York / 4252”. We could fill two pages with information about this clock, most of which anyone interested in buying already knows. It is a very nice example of a rare calendar clock. Ly-American, Volume 2; and Ly-Calendar #553. $1000-$1500.

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49.           $350

Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 2”, ca 1877. This model is walnut veneered, stands 31” high, and was the last Fashion model that was veneered. Others were made of solid walnut. It was the first model with three finials, and almost impossible to find one with good original veneer. The majority of the veneer on this case is holding tight. There are some other small chips that were also sanded and stained. The finials are correct replacements turned from walnut and stained to match the case but they made them an inch too tall, very obvious that the spires are too high. Good paper label inside, a correct pendulum bob, and a good 8 day brass movement made by Seth Thomas Clock Co. for Southern Calendar Clock Co. It is clean and is running and striking a brass bell each hour. Not too many years ago if a No. 2 was in excellent condition it might bring $2000, of course this one is not excellent and this is today, not several years ago. Ly-Calendar, page 283. $500-$750.



50.           $2000

Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 18”, ca 1883. A clock for lovers of “big clocks”, it stands 54” high, great oak case that has been cleaned/polished, and came right off the consignor’s great room wall where it had proudly hung for many years. Their clocks sure are nice for they bought only the very best and in addition to being a collector he was a super repairman so all the clocks they consigned run as they should. The case is all original, and the dial was repainted many moons ago, the three hands look to be original, same with the brass weight, brass pendulum bob, wood stick, brass beat scale, and the brass pulley. Part of the old label is inside. The label was beat up pretty well by the weight and pendulum knob hitting it. There are no extra holes anywhere meaning the dial and movement are original to the case. The 8 day movement is signed, and running. This is probably the nicest No. 18 I have seen. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 300. Booked for $4500 several years ago. That is what we got for some sold in previous sales. $2500-$3000.

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