Clocks 300-309

300.           $100

Seth Thomas Clock Co. City Series clock, “Derby”, ca 1890. Factory date stamped on the case back but I cannot read it. As many of you know I have collected City Series clocks for 45 years, get a hundred or more then sell them. I cannot stand it so start buying again. I saw this clock recently and realized I had never owned or even seen this model anywhere, so I had to buy it. Maybe there are collectors out there like me, have never seen this model. It is not a cream puff but the case is all original, just dirty and smoky. The glass, label, gong, and movement are original to the case. The dial paper is new, the pendulum hanger is too short but you can fix that. It has a ST 8 day time, strike, and alarm movement. Ly-Seth Thomas, page192. $150-$300.


301.           $300

“Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co.”, Regulator No. 1, ca 1875. If I have ever sold one of this model I can find no record. The Gilbert catalogs picture this model with various tablets and slightly differing case styles. I cannot swear the tablet is original but it certainly is the style and near exact to those displayed in catalogs. The case is 34 inches tall, made with rosewood veneer and appears to be complete and all original with the possible exception of the very bottom piece of wood which is less than ¼ inches thick. It is hardly noticeable and I could be wrong. Most of the black label remains on the sliding partition covering the weight chute. It is plastic covered to protect the label remaining. The flat iron weight, brass pendulum ball, gold painted wood stick, three hands, and door latches all look to be original. The metal dial is certainly old but almost too nice not to have been repainted or something done to it 50-75 years ago. It does show wear, etc. in the usual places. It seems to me that this clock should be worth what the Seth Thomas No. 1 Regulators are selling for, but evidently they don’t bring $1500-$2000. Ly-Gilbert #335. $500-$750.


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302.           $500

“Forestville Manufacturing Co. / J. C. Brown, / Bristol, Connecticut”, round gothic or beehive case with ripple molding, ca 1845. It appears to be completely original, the case, glasses, Brown’s door latch, painted dial, hands, pendulum bob, alarm set ring, alarm movement, alarm brass bell, and the striking coil gong. The label is tattered, missing some in the bottom part, and the 8 day brass movement is original and complete. The 19” case has mahogany veneer, near perfect but for some back edge scrapes ands the usual small chink out of the top back edge where they stretched the wood to form the beehive. Nine of ten beehives I have seen have a small fissure on the top back. The ripple is very complex and a style we seldom see. This J. C. Brown model used to fetch from $1000 to $2000 at east coast auctions and EBay if in good condition. Lately they are bringing a little less. Sorry, I failed to put a couple of screws in the movement and gong bases so both slipped down a tad. $750-$1000.



303.           $500

“Brewster & Ingrahams, / Bristol, Conn.”, four column steeple with one 8 day brass spring and one steel spring, ca 1846. The 19” case was made with rosewood veneer and has four full turned columns and four finials. All four finial tips are perfect.  I see no tiny or large veneer chips anywhere so I should say the case is perfect, but I won’t. There has been no repair anywhere that I can detect. The door frame slopes inward toward the two glasses. The tablet according to the books is cut glass, the top glass was possibly replaced. In the door is a metal escutcheon, door lock and no key. Great old painted dial has retained its paint but has yellowed slightly. There are old hands, pendulum and key. Inside is a complete paper label, coil gong with a fancy brass gong base, and the signed brass movement. It still has one large and original brass spring. The clock and movement are pictured and described in the booklet by Ultsch and Cowan, “Handbook of Clocks Produced by Charles Kirk, Elisha C. Brewster, and Brewster & Ingrahams, at Bristol, Connecticut, 1828-1852”, page 54. $500-$1000.



304.           $750

German calendar clock, ca 1890. An awfully lot of mechanical things stuffed inside this 19 ½ inch high mahogany case. The picture taken from the back will give you some idea of how tight the movements fit in the case. The 8 day running movement is not signed, nor is the calendar parts or the dial. It has a very complicated calendar movement that is not functioning properly according to the consignor. It has excellent paper rolls, all in German, generally that means the clock was not made for export to an English speaking country, England or the US. The case has not been cleaned or polished, but is retaining the mahogany look. There should be a finial on top but was missing when it came to us. The door glass is old and has lost most of the putty, but I believe it is original to the case. The pendulum and hands appear to be correct. It strikes hours and half hours on a standing gong. Nice silver dial has three winding holes, etched numerals and etched designs. There is a nice brass ring around the time dial. A very unusual clock, made like a bracket clock and housing many different operations. $1000-$1500.



305.           $500

“Welch, Spring & Co., Forestville, Conn. Patti No.1”, ca 1880. The complete black and gold label on the back identifies this clock as the “Patti V.P.” The polished rosewood case is 18.5” high, complete with all the correct finials and the four ornate turned columns on all four corners, and it has the original finish that looks very nice but it does have some accumulation of smoke in places. You would have to clean the entire case to get the black off, and I doubt you would want to do that. Great original glass in the door with the gold designs around the edge, correct pendulum bob, black flocking on the backboard, original dial and hands, and the original brass dial pan. Three good glasses, nickel bell, and the famous “Patti” 8 day movement that strikes hours on the bell. I would not call it a cream puff, but it is very nice but does have the usual tiny edge nicks. Ly-Welch, page 284-285. $750-$1000.


306.           $75

Ansonia Clock Co. miniature grandfather clock with a backwind nickel cased movement like their “Bee” or “Tot” models, ca 1914. The mahogany case stands 13 ¼ inches tall, has three small metal finials on top, door latch door in the center, turned columns on the bonnet, beveled glass, signed dial, and original hands. There is a small chip in the wood dial ring. $100-$200.


307.           $200

“E. N. Welch Mfg. Co., Forestville, Conn.”, walnut parlor clock, “Nanon”, ca 1885. Walnut case is 21 ½ inches high, clean, complete, and all original. The smoke was cleaned off the wood but I think they used some polish to give it a really good look. Very interesting glass as most Welch clock glasses are. The old dial is original and in very good condition considering its age. The hands, nickel alarm ring, nickel dial rings, and signed pendulum bob are all very good. The bob has the initials “ENW” cast into the center. The movement is 8 day, clean, running, and striking a coil gong. The alarm movement is to the left of the gong, winds on the brass movement and rings on a nickel bell. Nice clock other than the labels are gone on the back. Ly-Welch #442. $200-$350.


308.           $200

“E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. Forestville, Conn.”, mantel clock, “Tycoon”, ca 1889. The black walnut case is 23 inches tall, has a lots of grooved designs and like most all Welch clocks a lot of jig saw ornaments many with round holes and deep grooving. As usual the glass is a work of art featuring Father Time carrying his scythe over his shoulder, limping along towards a rather elderly artist with his pallet and brush, probably painting Father Time. The old paper dial is signed, has possibly replaced hands, nickel dial rings, coil gong and the high grade Welch pendulum. The labels are gone from the back. The 8 day signed movement is running and striking on the half hours. Ly-Welch #456. $250-$400.


309.           $200

“E. N. Welch Mfg. Co., Forestville, Conn.”, mantel clock, “Materna”, ca 1885. Another example of Welch’s wonderful mantel/parlor clocks made just a few years prior to the clock manufacturers battle to control the cheap clock business. It appears they all were involved as clocks got cheaper and cheaper, and they sure looked cheap compared to the clocks made prior to 1900. I have never sold nor seen this model before, same with the Tycoon in #308. This walnut case is 23 inches tall, is 100 percent original, and has a glass full of ten figures all playing musical instruments. The dial and nickel dial rings are good, hands probably replaced, pendulum is one of their more expensive models. The 8 day movement is running and striking a coil gong. There are no labels. Ly-Welch #441.   $300-$500.

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