Clocks 556-602
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556.     $75

Plymouth “Banjo Style 5596”, 1938.  This 29-inch banjo differs from the No. 5 above in that it is time and strike using the Seth Thomas #1120 round 8-day pendulum movement.  It strikes the hours and half-hours on a single rod with a rich tone in a slow-strike manner.  The case is “mahogany finish on white wood” with some scuffs and it holds Washington Mount Vernon panels (rather than applied images).  The aluminum dial has raised numerals with fancy hands and is signed “Plymouth”. The convex glass is a bit loose in the bezel.  The brass bezel and side arms could use some polish.  It is running, striking, and keeping time.  $75-$150. 




557.     $60

Sessions “Revere” banjo, 1923.  A 35-inch mahogany finish case with two painted glass panels. The dial is “Iveroid” and slightly yellowed, behind a convex glass in a brass and silvered sash.  The movement is an 8-day time-and-strike on a cathedral gong.  It is running and striking.  $75-$100.



558.     $60

Ingraham “Yankee Clipper” banjo, 1934.  A 31-inch mahogany case with a signed, silvered brass 7-inch dial with raised brass numerals behind a convex glass; there is some wear to the dial.  An applied marine decoration on the throat board and a sailing ship image in the lower glass.  Brass side rails and an eagle finial.  The signed 8-day time-and-strike movement strikes on two chime rods, striking the half-hour on one rod and counting the hours on both rods (“ding-dong”).  There is a large fancy pendulum bob.  It is running, striking, and keeping time.  Harris sold one in 2010 for $70.  $70-$120.



559.     $1250

L.F Carter & W.W. Carter “Round Drop Wall Clock”, 1863-1868.  This clock uses B.B. Lewis’ Y calendar mechanism with an 8-day, time-only, two-weight-driven unsigned Welch upside-down movement in a 48-inch rosewood case. The finish is badly alligatored and both dials are zinc replacements, painted and aged to look much older than they are.  The time dial has a 12.5-inch chapter ring.  All three glasses are old, possibly original.  The calendar hands are replacements, and the minute hand has been extended.  The calendar movement cover that would have held a Lewis Perpetual Calendar label is missing; the calendar mechanism is functioning.  The clock is running and keeping time, but the lower calendar is not advancing and the connection to the upper movement will need adjustment.  The pendulum stick is original, with a replaced suspension spring and a brass bob that has lost its brass finish.  There is a good label inside, a key that works on the doors, a winding crank, and two round weights that are proper and probably original.  While the finish reflects its many years of service, the case would benefit greatly from refinishing.  The gilt-decorated lower glass is quite nice.  We sold one a year ago for $1825. $1400-$1800.

Interior      Label      Calendar


560.     $425

E.N. Welch “Hanging Italian V.P.” shelf clock, ca. 1880.  This is the shelf version of the “Hanging Italian”, itself a rare clock; the shelf version is even more rare – we’ve never seen one.  There are no sales records for this clock in the Antique Clocks Price Guide.  It stands 22.5 inches tall in a rosewood-veneered case with black trim, some ornate carvings, the original decorated door glass, and a painted metal dial.  There is a signed 8-day time-and-strike movement with a sandwich glass pendulum; it is running and striking on a brass bell.  The interior is lined with black felt but it is probably not original; there is a good label on the back.  If you collect Welch clocks you probably don’t have this one.  Hanging Italian wall clocks sell for $600-$800; we sold one in January for $1125.  $500-$800.

Interior      Back


561.      $215

Atkins Clock Co. “London”, 1859-1879.  Always a favorite model, with classic styling. The rosewood veneer on this example is as close to perfect as you can get; there are a few nicks on the edges, but that’s about it. The half-columns are black with the original gold leaf trim in good shape; both glasses are old, with the original gilt decorations and black backing.  The dial has been repainted and possibly aged, with yellowing.  The hands are old; there is an alarm hooked up, but untested.  The 8-day movement is running and striking on an unusual cathedral gong not typical of Atkins clocks, but it looks original and there is no evidence of another mounting.  A very good label inside.  We sold one in similar condition to this one in January for $283.  $225-$300.

Side view       Interior     



562.     $200

Seth Thomas shelf clock with MOP, 1845-1865.  A 17-inch black or papier maché case decorated with gilt filigree and mother-of-pearl with painted flowers on the front base.  The decorations are in remarkably good shape, with only modest wear on the front sides.  There is some alligatoring to the finish, noticeable up close.  I see only one missing piece of MOP.  There are three examples of this clock in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, all of which are in much worse condition than this one; the most recent sale was at Schmitt’s in 2008 for $350.  There is one shown in Ly’s Vol. II of Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements on page 743.  Both glasses are old, with the lower tablet of an eagle in outstanding condition, with only minor losses.  There is a newer zinc dial and two proper hands.  The lyre movement, 8-days, time and strike, is signed S Thomas, Plymouth, and is running and striking.  There is a very good label from Plymouth Hollow as well, making the manufacture date prior to 1865.  Despite some wear to the base on the left side this is easily the best example of this rare Seth Thomas model that we have seen.  $200-$500.

Interior      Side view


600.    $250

Ansonia “No. 502” Royal Bonn china, ca. 1900.  One of several porcelain shelf clocks by Ansonia that did not receive a name, just a number.  I guess they made so many models that they couldn’t keep up with names, or just ran out. This clock stands 13.5 inches high in a cream-colored case with pink and ruby flowers on the front, sides, and top.   I found one small chip above the left foot that has been touched up, you have to look hard to find it, minor losses to the gold trim, and there is a bit of discoloration to the sides at the top.  It has a fancy porcelain dial behind a beveled glass in a rococo sash.  The standard signed Ansonia movement with outside escapement is running and striking as expected.  We sold one in this color in 2014 for $425, and one sold on eBay last month for $430.  $350-$450.

Left side      Right side      Back



601.     $900

Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 4”, 1875-1889.  Solid walnut with an old finish, 32 inches high with center finial.  Finials are old and one has lost its spire.  The dials show an old crackled paint that I don’t think is original but is very old; they also are rather warped.  Hands are correct; the day and month rollers are yellowed but readable, and no doubt original.  Old glass that I don’t think has ever been out of the door, the Fashion gold lettering shows some wear.  The pendulum bob is a replacement.  The 8-day time-and-strike movement is clean and signed “MANUF’D BY THE SETH THOMAS CLOCK CO. THOMASTON CT SOLELY FOR THE SOUTHERN CALENDAR CLOCK CO. ST. LOUIS MO.” Good labels inside.  The clock is running, keeping time, striking on the brass bell, and the calendar date hand is advancing but the weekday roller is not.  We sold two last July for over $1400.  $1200-$1500.

Open      Interior     Movement      Dials      Back     


602.     $550

Litchfield Manufacturing Co. “Gallery” wall clock, 1850-1854.  Litchfield specialized in papier maché clock cases decorated with mother-of-pearl (MOP) and often, balance-spring (marine) movements.  The movement in this clock is especially interesting as the escape wheel uses a rotary verge on the balance wheel (see the short video).  The case is 12 inches top to bottom and the MOP and painting is in excellent condition. The 9-inch brass bezel opens with a push-button on the left and holds an old, but perhaps not original glass.  The metal dial has been repainted.  There is a fast-slow adjustment at the top of the dial that works, but the small pointer that should be attached is missing.  There is no label.  The movement is signed and is running, 8 days, time only, and is keeping good time.  Be sure to see the movement video.  Two sales on the Antique Clocks Price Guide, most recently in 2015 at Schmitt’s for $925. 

Interior      Movement     Back      Video