“Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn.”, a very rare City Series clock, “Denver”, ca 1886. The factory sometimes stamps the date the clock was made on the back of the case. This stamp says, “6881C”, which is their highly secret code meaning it was made March 1886. The polished walnut case is 16 ˝ inches tall and has been polished. The clock is all original except for a new paper dial and possibly new hands. The excellent silver bob is correct and matches the pendulum hanger and silver dial rings. There are remnants of the black label on the base. The eight day movement is running and striking the Cathedral gong on the hours. As some of you know I have hyped City Series clocks for 45 years, collected and sold hundreds, but this is only the second Denver I have ever sold. It has to be pretty rare. Ly-Seth Thomas #537A. $200-$350.
Waterbury Clock Co., Waterbury, Conn.”, mantel clock “Dexter”, ca 1870. This clock is one of their very early wood cased mantel clocks with 8 day movements. Ly-Waterbury page 837 says the clock was made 1875 but a very tiny original label on the clock door says it was patented 1870. The rosewood veneered case stands 17 ˝ inches high, has two original glasses, door latch, very nice original painted dial, probably replaced hands, complete paper label, old brass pendulum and key, alarm movement, and the eight day time and striking movement that is running. $150-$250.
Sessions Clock Company, Forestville, Conn.”, miniature pillar and scroll clock, “Chippendale”, ca 1908. The polished solid mahogany case is 20 inches high, has a genuine inlaid panel, brass finials, six in signed metal dial, Cathedral gong, brass pendulum and an 8 day time and half hour striking movement that is running. The clock is clean as a pin and near perfect. Ly-Sessions #614. $150-$300.
“E. Ingraham & Co., Bristol, Conn.”, parlor calendar, ca 1881. This double dial used the Lewis Patent calendar mechanism that is enclosed in a metal holder attached to the lower door. The mahogany case is 21 ˝ inches tall, clean, polished, but retaining a faint bit of smoke on the wood. The dials are original and as usual the top dial shows wear and the bottom is clean and white. Of course it is behind glass and never exposed to the elements. The label on the movement is perfect, the pendulum and five hands all look to be original. The running movement goes 8 days and strikes a Cathedral gong. Ly-Ingraham, page111. $500-$750.
Waltham Clock Co. miniature Willard style banjo, ca 1930. The case is only 21” high, has a nice finish all over the mahogany case. Mahogany stained wood balls around the base, three perfect glasses, brass sash with flat beveled glass over the ivory painted metal dial. The dial is signed and is in excellent condition and has the correct hands. It has good brass side rails and a brass eagle. The 8 day time only movement winds and sets by turning a long brass rod behind the door on the base. It is time only and running. Ly-American Clocks #912. $400-$600.
Ansonia Clock Co. New York, “Huntress”, mystery swinging arm timepiece, ca 1894. This clock came out of an Ohio collection along with a great number of other excellent clocks in this catalog. The 8 day movement is running. Both the swing arm and statue need to be lightly cleaned. If you are unfamiliar with the running of this type clock the pendulum inside the ball stays generally vertical while the arm swings side to side. The brass balls on this arm are in excellent condition and the statue still has much of its original finish. The two pieces together are 25” high. In very good condition this model has been selling upwards of $3000. Ly-Ansonia, page 701. $1000-$1500.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No. 8 Shelf Library”, ca 1874. This model was made with at least three different movements. This clock has an 8 day, time and gong strike, probably a Pomeroy movement. It is very clean, was serviced completely a few years ago, and is running; striking, and calendar changing properly. This is a perpetual H. B. Horton lower calendar mechanism. Calendar roller papers are original, top dial changed many years ago and I believe the bottom dial is original. Old brass bob, original backboard, correct hands on both dials. The walnut case is 25” high, all original, cleaned and polished regularly, retaining a good original finish. A very clean original clock in excellent condition. Ly-Calendar #339; Millers Calendar, pages 40-41. $750-$1000.
“Ansonia Brass & Copper Company, Ansonia, Conn.”, early mantel clock named, Gilt Column”. The rosewood veneered case is 18 ľ inches tall, columns were painted in various ways, this one is stained slightly a lighter shade than the rosewood. It has two original glasses, tablet with minor paint loss, door knob, complete paper label, coil gong, original painted zinc dial, original hands, brass pendulum bob and key, and an 8 day time and strike movement that is running. Ly-Ansonia #1758. $100-$200.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Nashville V.P., ca 1879. The Nashville and New Orleans models of Seth Thomas City Series clocks with a star pendulum with the Fleur De Leis on top, collectors sometimes insist the clocks are not correct if it has a regular ST pendulum. The new Ly-Seth Thomas books show the clocks with both types of pendulums. This 16 inch rosewood case is very unusual looking because most all of ST City Series clocks were walnut. This case is outstanding. It is about 140 years old now and still very nice. It has nickel dial rings, nickel bell, nickel star pendulum, a good black label, correct hands, and original door latch and door glass. The movement is 8 day, running, and striking hours on the bell. Seth Thomas, page 200. $150-$250.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “New Orleans V.P.”, ca 1880. This is one of the earlier models in their large assortment of City Series clocks. The walnut case is 16” tall and retains all its original parts including the glass, complete black label, nickeled star pendulum and nickel rod, nickeled dial rings, nickeled bell, and the door latch. The dial needs to be repainted. The previous owner says the clock runs 8 days and is striking the hours properly. I have always considered the Nashville and New Orleans to be some of Seth Thomas common clocks. Wrong. They are two of the more rare models. The last one I sold of this model was 2007, only 4 in 45 years. Sorry about the dust on the base. Lots of activity going on in my shop and garage. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 200. $150-$200.