“Welch, Spring & Co., Bristol, Conn.”, No. 2 Calendar, ca 1878. There is a two weight time only movement in the top part of this double dial calendar clock. In the bottom is a B. B. Lewis mechanism regulating the month and date. In the center of the upper dial there is a hand that gives the days of the week. The rosewood veneered case is 36 inches tall, has door latches on both doors, original glasses, good veneer that is clean and polished, but there will be some small veneer nicks on the rounded bezels. The imperfections are hard to see unless you inspect closely. Top dial has been repainted, bottom appears to be original but with some discoloration. I believe all 5 hands are original, same with the pendulum bob and other parts of the clock. The two labels are pretty good considering they are 150 years old. The 8 day time only movement is powered by two round iron weights which we also believe are original to the clock, and it is running as intended. Ly-Welch, page 72.
New Haven Clock Co. large wall clock “Commodore”, with a 30 day time movement, ca 1883. The large oak case is as nice as any oak clock I have seen. Not just the unusual case style but the graining and richness of the wood make it look more like walnut. There are some very nice carvings on the door over the dial and some good jig saw work from top to bottom of the large 46 ½ inch high case. Other than polish and cleaning the only change made to the clock was to repaint the dial. It was painted by The Dial House and has the proper logo and is signed, “Thirty Day”. The very large dial pan is 16.5” square. Both glasses are old, original, hard to tell. The repainted dial, hands, polished brass bob, wood stick, and signed beat scale, are all original. As with all of New Haven’s 30 day movements, this one is strong running and keeps accurate time. Ly-New Haven #556. $650-$900.
Three Weight, Grand Sonnerie, Vienna Regulator, ca 1875. Brass movement is signed by the maker’s trademark insignia, “CF”, or “GF”, or something else, it is hard to decrypt. Double coil gongs on the back of the movement that sound the quarters and hours. Called a “Blind Man’s Clock”, because when it strikes quarter hours and hours during the night you know what time it is. It strikes one time 15 minutes after the hour, then strikes the number of the last hour. At 30 minutes past the hour it strikes two times on one gong, and the number of the last hour on the other gong, etc. Near perfect two piece porcelain dial and a great pair of Vienna hands. Polished brass pendulum bob, porcelain beat scale, three matching brass weights, three matching brass pulleys, and a winding crank. The 54 inch light to medium walnut case is very nice, full grooved columns on the door, nice carvings below the columns, carvings all over the top piece, carvings on the base and the very bottom carved piece that I failed to glue in place for the picture, but show it at the bottom. I believe the top is original to the case but new pegs and peg holes have been made. The walnut finish has been rubbed, now with a slick furniture like finish. Picture frame on the backboard with a darker walnut wood insert. There are three good glasses, wall levelers, and a door latch. $500-$750.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 5”, ca 1885. This is probably the most difficult of all Seth Thomas regulators to find. I have only known of two others selling. We like this type Seth Thomas clock because it has a very soft tick and is time only. The case is walnut standing 50” tall, has all the finials and other wood parts, is very clean and polished and has a good amount of carvings. There is burl walnut trim on the case in several places. The entire case is as slick as a ribbon and has a wonderful finish all over. I am calling the case walnut because of the burl but I guess it could be flame mahogany. The case is not very dark and resembles mahogany more than walnut. The only fault I find with this clock is a small veneer chip on the base and some loose veneer that resembles where you may have damaged it slightly at some time many years ago. It is worn and has rub marks but it is perfectly fine with us just the way it is, being original, so I did not bother to have any unneeded repairs made. The 8 day time only weight driven movement is high quality with a solid back plate, cut pinions, maintaining power and a second’s hand. The case lock, brass pendulum and wood stick, weight and pulley, and the three hands, all appear to be original Seth Thomas stock. The weight, pulley and dial rings are brass and the beat scale is porcelain. The two piece porcelain dial is perfect, is signed, and has a seconds dial. There is one door lock on the side and two glasses on each side. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 283. $10,000-$15,000.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Office Calendar No. 1”, ca 1875, per the catalogs. The label on the wood panel that was on the back of the door was replaced with glass bearing a previous owners name and town. The rosewood veneer grain is just outstanding, flowing in numerous directions and matched skillfully by the craftsmen who assembled the case. It surely has been cleaned and polished some especially on the door, but there is smoke on the sides of the case or in the crevices on the outside. I know it has not been refinished, scrubbed with a brush, etc. for it is just too nice. There are no veneer problems that jump out at you. The painted dials are original, top has been repainted, bottom is original. There are some spots on the bottom dial where the paint has chipped. The hands are correct, so are the weight, pendulum bob, and special pendulum hanger. The calendar roller papers are dark, and that is the only hint of smoke on the front. I still do not think they are dark from smoke, but only age. The time movement runs 8 days and was in good running condition when we took it off the collector’s wall. Gracious, the clock is at least 140 years old, a part of America’s early clock history and not long ago was selling near the $5000 range. The 8 day movement is time only and original to the case, and the calendar parts are all original to the clock. Ly-Calendar, pages 246-247; Ly-Seth Thomas, page 90. The clock books at $5000 and more, we have been selling them for $3000-$4000 not long ago. It sure is tempting to keep this clock. $750-$1000.