New Haven Clock Co. wall hanging, “Saturn”, ca 1911. Solid oak case is very nice, clean and polished exposing the fine looking oak grain but is retaining the many years of smoke or other pollutants. Some are removed with polishing but a certain amount works its way into the wood to make it darker. It is 35” high; all wood parts are original as are all the internal parts including the beat scale, pendulum ball, wood stick, large weight, and pulley. The signed brass one weight movement is running strong. The dial shows slight aging but has no wear or chips, large hands are original as is the seconds hand. Ly-New Haven, page 144. $500-$750.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No. 5 ½ Hanging Belgrade”, in a new reproduction case. Extraordinary oak case, the color of medium oak, grooved designs all over the front and sides most are gold filled. Note the two dial boards and pendulum are also covered with grooved designs of various shapes and sizes. This model has black dials with gold numbers and lettering, and the calendar rolls are black with gold lettering. I was sure excited when I photographed this clock for the ones I have sold in the past went for over $5000 and up to $8500. Then I began to notice how nice it was, almost like new, and it is. Note the clean case, shining clean movements, and they are all running. The oak case is 37” tall, has many delicate wood parts that are easily broken or lost. To the best of our knowledge everything is correct on the clock and there are no glaring repairs or breaks. The black dials are also new, but on original period dial pans. The nickel plated 30 day movement is period and signed by E. N. Welch and marked as being made for Ithaca. The calendar movement is a reproduction. The hanging Belgrade is a rare model and I cannot find a recorded sale of an original at any of the east coast auctions. The last ones we sold were in the January 2008 and July 2010 auctions, one bringing over $8500. Ly-Calendar, page 139. $1000-$2000.
“Welch, Spring & Co., Forestville, Conn.”, wall calendar clock, “Round Head Calendar No. 4”, ca 1868-1884. The rosewood case is 32 inches tall, time dial behind the large wood bezel and glass, the calendar dial is much smaller and behind the bottom door and glass. There are 5 hands and all of them appear to be original. As usual the two dial are different colors as the top dial is exposed to the elements each time the door is opened while the bottom dial is encased in a metal container behind the bottom door and is never exposed or touched for that matter. The metal container has a label identifying tht the calendar movement as a “B. B. Lewis Perpetual Calendar”. There is most of a large label on the backboard behind that lower door. The upper movement is running and goes for 8 days and strikes a coil gong on the hours. Ly-Calendar, page 344. $650-$1000.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1897. This 36” oak case has a factory date stamped on the back, “7981”. I am sure everyone is sick of me touting the Seth Thomas wall clocks, particularly the No. 2 Regulators, but it has to be the most stylish clock ever made. It goes with any décor in any room of the house, office, or store. They are quiet, time only, weight driven, and extremely well made and very reliable. The movements seldom need service unless you hang one in a cement plant or somewhere dusty or smoky. This case is light/medium oak, clean, with all original wood parts. I cannot tell that it has ever been cleaned, in fact I thought it was a reproduction until I delved further in it. The clock is all original, including the painted dial. The dial is beginning to blister but so far no flaking. Inside the case is a like new paper label, beat scale, original brass bob and wood stick, original weight, and three original hands. I have never seen brass so bright and clean, and I mean all the brass. The movement is a strong runner, has not missed a beat here in my office. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 276-277. $1500-$2000.
F. Kroeber, New York, “Regulator No. 31”, ca 1883. For whatever reason that I cannot explain there are railroad initials carved into the base. They certainly appear to be factory made initials not some later day things. The initials look like, “P C & St L”, but the complete paper label inside reads, “Penn Central & Youngstown Southern Railroad”. I sold a similar clock 10 years ago and I called the initials, “Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad”. The finish of the 34” high walnut case has been cleaned and polished. There are carved pieces on the top and base. The glass is held with original putty. The 8 day movement has been kept in good running order, the movement is signed. There are two complete paper labels inside on the backboard. This clock has a $1500 book value in Ly-Kroeber, page 107, and that does not take into consideration the signed railroad logo. The one we sold ten years ago went for $620 plus 10%. $750-$1000.