Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Regulator No. 4”, ca 1881. This is another of Gilbert’s very fine wall clocks, and seemingly pretty rare for I find only 2 sales in several years among the nations auction houses. There are some minor problems; the bottom finial is attached properly but I would put some glue on it to hold better. On the top with its great carvings, is a large bust of some character, the tiny finial ornaments each side of the door, and a lot of other fine wood work. There are three good glasses, painted on the front glass “True Time”, a modern replacement signed paper dial with seconds dial, three hands, nickel dial rings, nickel weight, nickel pulley, and nickel beat scale. The pendulum ball and wood stick are original, but our degenerate friend Bubba, cleaned the nickeled bob in his ultrasonic cleaning machine and it dissolved the nickel, leaving the ball copper colored. The walnut case is 51” high and a very attractive clock. Gilbert’s original 8 day, time only, unsigned movement runs fine. There are no surprises, i.e. extra holes anywhere; it is a good original clock. I cannot find that I have ever sold a No. 4, and I cannot find but one sale of a No. 4 at any other auction. It must be a very rare model. Ly-Gilbert #340. $1000-$1500.
“The E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, Conn.”, wall calendar named, “Ionic Calendar”, ca 1886. This model has a 12” time dial and a 10” calendar dial, and 5 hands. It appears both dials have been repainted. The rosewood case is 29.5” high, is clean and polished and looks great. The rosewood is a beautiful wood. Excellent labels inside, in fact near perfect. One on the backboard, one over the calendar movement in the lower door. This may be the only clock that has heavy oversized hinges on the doors. I am sure it is because the doors are so heavy, particularly the lower which has the calendar movement in it. The upper movement is signed, 8 day, time and striking on a coil gong. Inside is a period brass pendulum bob and an old winding key. Overall the clock is in very good condition, has two great movements, and is performing properly. Ly-Ingraham, page 112; Ly-Calendar, page 106. $750-$1000.
“The Prentiss Clock Improvement Co. New York”, signed on the old dial. Signed on the dial of the Prentiss we sold in the Jan. 2007 auction was, “Prentis Calendar & Time Co. New York”. This clock is their “Empire With Calendar” model, ca 1897. If you are not familiar with this type clock, or the maker, you may want to do some research before bidding. It is not your normal calendar clock. The entire oak case top lifts off the movement and backboard. A clock novice could have a serious breakage problem if the clock is not handled properly. The upper glass has been replaced, upper paper dial and dial pan are correct but worn and dirty. The clock case was cleaned and polished. The clock is almost complete and we were told, functioning properly. From what I can find out if the winding arbor is above the 6, two springs are wound at the same time. Two springs, depending on the size, means it would run, 30, 60, or 90 days. The winding arbor for an 8 day movement is between the 4 and 5. The calendar mechanism has its own huge spring and the time movement has only one large spring. We believe the collector could not find a second spring that would match. However we were told it runs on one spring and the calendar mechanism is operating properly. The very nice oak case is 37” high, signed on the base, “Property of the Prentiss Calendar & Time Co. New York / 4252”. We could fill two pages with information about this clock, most of which anyone interested in buying already knows. It is a very nice example of a rare calendar clock. Ly-American, Volume 2; and Ly-Calendar #553. $1000-$1500.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 18”, ca 1883. A clock for lovers of “big clocks”, it stands 54” high, great oak case that has been cleaned/polished, and came right off the consignor’s great room wall where it had proudly hung for many years. Their clocks sure are nice for they bought only the very best and in addition to being a collector he was a super repairman so all the clocks they consigned run as they should. The case is all original, and the dial was repainted many moons ago, the three hands look to be original, same with the brass weight, brass pendulum bob, wood stick, brass beat scale, and the brass pulley. Part of the old label is inside. The label was beat up pretty well by the weight and pendulum knob hitting it. There are no extra holes anywhere meaning the dial and movement are original to the case. The 8 day movement is signed, and running. This is probably the nicest No. 18 I have seen. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 300. Booked for $4500 several years ago. That is what we got for some sold in previous sales. $2500-$3000.
Ansonia Clock Co. hanging, “Prompt”, ca 1901. One hundred percent original walnut or mahogany case, 50” high, has no repairs or new wood that I can distinguish. I can usually differentiate between walnut and mahogany. I can see the wood grain plainly, but cannot be sure of the wood clearly. The case has been thoroughly cleaned and polished inside and out. As you can see the large glass is fantastic and has only slight wear and the two side glasses are also good. Note the insignia in the center of the glass with the initials, “ACCo”, and the flowers, butterflies, and bird. All the clock parts are unquestionably original, the 8 day time and striking movement, new two piece paper dial, hands not sure, brass pendulum bob, wood stick, and a signed beat scale. The movement is signed and is running very strong. This clock would look nice hanging anywhere and if you want an original clock, this one is certainly appears to be all original. Ly-Ansonia #599. $1250-$1500.