“Forestville Manufacturing Co. / Bristol, Conn.”, triple decker case with two doors, full columns and carved splat, 8 day brass movement, ca 1835-1839. This one like the others in this collection is clean and restored. The mahogany veneered case is 37.5” high, and the veneer is excellent with no repairs or chips. It has ball feet underneath and the capitals and returns are intact. Chimneys and caps are original as is the carved splat. Both doors have latches and the full turned columns are perfect. All three glasses have been replaced, at least the top two. I believe the bottom was removed and sent off to have touched up by a painter. The wood dial is as nice as any I have seen that was180 years old. There is a complete paper label inside, an old brass pendulum bob, period hands, coil gong, pair of original 8 day iron weights, and the 8 day brass movement. This is a nice early clock. $250-$500.
C. & L.C. Ives, Bristol, Conn. triple deck shelf clock, ca 1830. Mahogany veneered and carved case is 34 1/4” high, in clean original restored condition. Everything was spiffed up, cleaned, polished and put in good running condition. There are three nice original glasses which is very unusual in the early weight clocks. It has turned ball feet, painted columns, and beautifully carved fruit basket on top. It has the correct old iron weights and brass pendulum, almost a complete paper label inside now covered for protection, very nice wood dial and hands, and a clean brass “new design” 8 day movement. It is the Birge & Fuller strap brass movement without the sidearm extension that was so prevalent a year or so earlier. It is running and strikes a coil gong below the movement. There are brass door latches on the two doors. A very nice, and attractive clock. $300-$500.
“Seth Thomas Clock Co. Thomaston, Conn.”, a City Series clock, “Boston”, ca 1884. The walnut case is 2 high, clean, polished, and in excellent original condition, retaining all the original finials, attached buttons, top rail, etc. It appears the collector cleaned and polished it inside and outside, without removing any of the original finish. Really just a good polish with do that. The glass, hands, dial, pendulum, nickel bell, and nice label are all original to this case. The dial is original but has some paint chips scattered about. They built wonderful clocks but must have used cheap paint on their dials. It has nickeled dial rings, bell, pendulum hanger, and one of Seth Thomas special brass pendulum bobs. The lyre movement is 8 day, signed “Seth Thomas Clock Co. / Thomaston, Conn. USA”, retains the Geneva stops, running and striking the nickel bell each hour. Ly-Seth Thomas #511. $200-$400.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co., “No. 7 Shelf Cottage”, ca 1866-1874. Walnut case is 22” high, in excellent original condition, clean and polished. Entire back comes off to access the movements, hang the pendulum, etc. Small door between the two dials to view the pendulum, or give it a gentle boost if needed. Both dials are very old and may well be original. These Ithaca dials were paper when first on the market and are easily replaced. Rarely do we see an original Ithaca paper dial. Pendulum bob has the correct wire attached extension. Both glasses may be original and the hands are correct. 8 day brass time and strike movement is running, calendar changing, striking a coil gong on the hours. It would appear the clock is original except for things I cannot be sure, i.e. paper dials, hands, etc. Ly-Calendar #342. $450-$600.
E. Ingraham & Co. hanging, “Ionic”, ca 1911. This 22” high rosewood veneered case was restored, that is cleaned and polished, the dial is original, there is an excellent Ingraham label behind the pendulum. Originally the bottom glasses on the Ionic models were clear glass. This glass has been replaced with a very attractive painted glass. Other than that, the clock appears to be all original, including the hands, pendulum bob, and a winding key. Eight day time and strike movement is clean, running, and striking an iron bell. Ly-Ingraham #365. This clock has always booked high, like $500. Don’t know why!! $150-$250.
Ansonia Clock Company, crystal regulator, “Symbol Extra”, ca 1894. They made four slightly different models of the Symbol, this one being the nicest and top of the line. The Symbol was the first crystal regulator that Ansonia made. It has beveled glass on three sides, metal on the back and top. This clock is a solid metal case with a nickel finish and with gilt ornamentation. I have seen very few Symbol clocks over 45 years and certainly not one with a near perfect nickel finish. The glasses are all good but one side glass has a corner nick. The case is 15 ½ inches tall, has a door with knob in the front, small removable door in the back to access the pendulum hanger. Note the elaborate French sash, the two piece porcelain dial with Brocot escapement, original hands, very fancy pendulum, and standing gong. The 8 day movement is running and striking half hours on the Cathedral gong. The white spot on the front glass lower left corner is a little sticker I forgot to remove. Ly-Ansonia page 108. $500-$750.
German, Junghans, Swinging Arm, ca 1910. 8 day novelty clock, spelter statue, gilt bronze arm. Both are as found in a collection, have been cleaned and polished but natural wear of original finish is still evident. The porcelain dial is signed with the makers mark, the well made movement also has the Junghans trademark. The movement is running just fine but we do not know when it was last serviced. The clock is 20” high. We used to sell quite a few of the Junghans but this is the first one to come our way in a few years. $350-$500.
“Poole Electric”, wall clock that is battery powered, ca 1928. When sold in 1928 it came with an adapter that could be plugged into any electrical outlet. They came with batteries that were preferred at that time. No cord with this model, “The Sentinel / Model 26”. The black walnut case is 14 inches square, has a 10 inch dial of polished aluminum. The clock is near perfect, clean as a pin, looks like new, and is running. Ly-American Clocks, page 170. $150-$250.
Seth Thomas Clock Co., Hanging Balltop, or “Eclipse” model, ca 1885. An all original walnut case that has been expertly refinished to remove the dark smoke. It took a lot of work but it looks like a new clock. Even the original glass is extra nice, the label inside is all there as are all the other parts of the clock. It is a super nice, original clock, standing 27” high. The glass, pendulum (signed Eclipse), label, hands, dial, brass Cathedral gong base, alarm movement, and a large 8 day lyre movement, are all original to this case. The dial paper is a new replacement. This clock has all of the top of the line Seth Thomas parts, and is operating properly. I have sold 50 or more hanging Balltop clocks and this one is by far the nicest. Ly-Seth Thomas #1057. $300-$500.
“F. Kroeber, New York”, mantel clock, “Angel Swing No.1-1876”, copied from the complete label on the back of this rare clock. The 17 inch high case is made of walnut, has three glasses, door latch, brass dial rings, probably an original dial – not real sure, and replaced hands. The swinging figure does not look like those pictured in Ly-Kroeber, page 127, so I must assume ours is not original. The signed movement runs 8 days and is time only. The case is clean and polished and the general appearance is excellence. $500-$750.