“The E. N. Welch Manufacturing Co., Forestville, Conn.”, miniature cottage clock, “Rose Gilt”, ca 1869. The rosewood veneered case is only 9 ¼ inches tall, has been cleaned, polished, and the gilt around the glasses restored also. I believe the tablet is a replacement, door latch intact, good label inside, original painted dial is still very good to be almost 150 years old. The one day movement is running, has an alarm that rings on an iron bell. Ly-Welch #393. $75-$150.
“E. Ingraham & Co., Bristol, Conn.”, wood cased mantel clock, “Doric-Extra”, ca 1880. This clock is 16 ¼ inches tall, made of rosewood veneer, has original door latch and one original glass, and one replaced. Inside is a replaced paper dial, replaced hands, brass bell, brass pendulum, and the 8 day time and strike movement that is running. There is a partial label on the back. Ly-Ingraham, pages 270-271. $100-$200.
“E. Ingraham & Co., Bristol, Conn.”, wood case mantel clock, “Venetian No. 3”, ca 1875. This rosewood veneered case is 15 ¾ inches tall, clean and polished, retains an excellent rosewood color and near perfect all over. The glasses are original and like those pictured in Ingraham catalogs, has typical door latch, coil gong, brass pendulum, good label, and a new paper dial. The 8 day movement is running and striking hours on the gong. Ly-Ingraham, pages 266-267. $100-$200.
“Birge, Gilbert & Co. / Bristol, Conn.”, triple decker with 8 day brass weight movement, ca 1836. The refinished case is mahogany veneered, has great gold gilt on the columns, a really nice carved splat, and turned feet. The veneer on the 37 ½ inch high case is very nice, very little veneer loss and some chips were glued in place. Door locks with escutcheons and keys on the two doors and three glasses. The top glass has original putty, the bottom two are replacements. It is very similar to the triple deck clock by Birge, Peck pictured on page 279 in the book by Kenneth Roberts, “Connecticut Clock Technology, 1810-1862”. The painted dial has some stretch marks in the center and probably once had a mirror insert. On the back are penciled ownership history from the 1800’s, and just above the label are other inscriptions, one saying, “bought 1811 by Thos. Boyd”. For some reason I don’t believe that since John Birge was fighting in the War of 1812 at that time, and did not start making clocks until 1819. The brass hands, pendulum and the large iron weights are all period. The movement is an 8 day brass strap movement with side arm, made by Birge and Gilbert. Inside is a complete paper label and an iron bell. The clock is not mint but was very nicely restored. You just don’t find this type clock this nice and this original. And hey, it is 180 years old. $400-$750.
“E. Terry & Sons, / Plymouth, Connecticut”, stenciled column and splat case with a wood movement, ca 1831-1832. The Terry wood movement has 42 teeth on the escape wheel, and is complete with verge and cords and strikes an iron bell on the hours. It has an excellent label and that is the main thing that set this collector apart from most others, labels were most always very nice. It has a pair of old iron weights, thirty hour type, a brass pendulum bob, very good wood dial and period hands. The door has an ivory escutcheon, lock and key. The 29 ½ inch high case is made with rosewood veneer, has stenciled quarter columns and splat, all with good stenciling, and on the base are carved feet. The chimneys, returns, and all wood parts are excellent. The top glass is original, but is cracked in two places, and the tablet is a replacement. $250-$400.
“E. N. Welch Mfg. Co., Forestville, Conn.”, ca 1878. The 24 ½ inch high mahogany veneered case is very clean, appears to be completely original, and has had no repairs or additions. The columns have retained their paint, both glasses are original and there is still some gold on the capitals and bases of the columns. The movement is spring driven but the case was made to accommodate both a weight driven and spring driven movement. There is a door knob, correct pendulum bob, coil gong, very good original painted metal dial, and a pair of hands and key. The brass movement is 30 hour, signed, running, and strikes on a coil gong. Ly-Welch, page 163. $100-$200.
“Peck, Haydon & Co., St. Louis, Missouri”, triple decker case with two doors, full columns, sleigh front base, and carved splat, ca 1840. It has an 8 day strap brass movement with side arm, signed “B M & Co”. The mahogany veneered case is 37.5” high, has been cleaned and polished and may have a chip on a flat surface and may have an edge nick from hauling but as veneered clocks go it is excellent. There are ball feet underneath, both doors are beveled and the chimneys and returns are intact. The carved splat is excellent. Doors have key locks, escutcheons and keys. The top glass is original, the middle painted glass has been replaced and the bottom mirror is old but the putty is not original. The wood dial is super nice with bright gold all over. There is most of a paper label inside, pendulum bob, hands, coil gong and original weights. This is a very nice early triple deck clock. I cannot find any information about Mr. Peck or Mr. Haydon. I suspect the clock was made by Birge, Mallory & Co. and peddled by Peck and Haydon. There is information about a Peck and a Haydon being peddlers of clocks in other parts of the US, but no mention of them peddling in St. Louis. $300-$500.
“Eli Terry, Jr. / Terrysville, Connecticut”, ca 1831. Column and splat case is clean and polished, stenciling is perfect on the half columns and the splat. Both glasses have new wood strips so must assume they are replaced, however it appears the upper glass is old glass. The rosewood veneered case is 31.5” high, and it also is in beautiful condition, and has a door lock with brass escutcheon and key. Complete paper label, old bob, iron bell, and 30 hour wood movement, (subtype 1.117). It has a very good wood dial and a pair of period hands. The escape wheel has 42 teeth but is a 30 hour movement. The tablet was painted by Joy Gardner and the columns and splat were restored by Karen Larson. $150-$250.
“John Birge & Co. Bristol. Conn.”, 8 day column and cornice weight clock, ca 1848, the only year he ever worked alone in the clock business. The 8 day strap brass movement is not signed, but I looked back in my archives and see that I have sold two identical clocks by John Birge and those movements were signed, “Birge & Fuller / Bristol, Conn. / U.S.A.”. Inside on the backboard is a near complete paper label, and a coil gong. The movement is seat board mounted, complete and operational. The rosewood veneered case is 32” high, and looks to be almost mint perfect. As I have said when examining this collector’s 350 clocks he made them look like they just came from the factory. The top glass is old, not any clue if original to this case, because the wood strips are new, now held in place with nails. Surely the bottom tablet is new for it is extra nice. However, I know this collector removed glasses when he cleaned and polished cases. It has a pair of matching iron weights, old brass bob, good weight rollers, original roller covers, and a great old wood dial and hands. For its age this clock is as nice as any I have ever sold. $250-$400.
“Chauncey Jerome, Bristol, Conn.”, thirty hour weight driven ogee cased clock, ca 1840. Chauncey had a long and storied clockmaking career but seemed to always work with partners and his brothers. In late 1840 he made clocks for two months as “Chauncey Jerome”. Apparently the 25 ¾ inch high case is made of mahogany veneer except the band of light colored wood around the door. I don’t know what to call it but it makes a good looking clock with the two tone look. The 30 hour brass movement is signed, “Made By C. Jerome, Bristol, Ct. USA”. The very nice old wood dial is signed exactly the same way. Naturally it has a complete label, coil gong, brass bob, and a pair of 30 hour iron weights. It is an all-around nice clock and is in running condition. $100-$200.