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18.           $400

“Ansonia Brass & Battery Co. / Manufacturers of / Sheet Brass / Copper Rivets / Brass, Kettles, Tubing / Lamp Burners / Brass Clocks & C & C / 19 & 21 Cliff St. New York”, copied from an oval copper plaque on the back of this extremely rare iron front clock. They sold their brass movements to “the trade”, in this example it was, “N. Muller, N.Y.” who made cases and sold the clocks thru a New York outlet, American Clock Co. Underneath the lower brass bezel is stamped, “N. Muller, N.Y No. 84”. The case is 20 inches tall, complete and all original. The movement made by Ansonia in 1859 is 8-day time and strike and is functioning properly. The original dial is dark but complete and very legible. The hands, brass bezels, glasses, and pendulum bob are all original to the clock as best we can tell. Clocks of this type made entirely by Ansonia Brass & Copper Co. (successor to Ansonia Brass & Battery Co.) did not appear on the market until 15 years later. $500-$800.

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21.           $1850

“Atkins Clock Co. / Bristol, Conn.”, “Parlor No. 1” case, with their “Type III”, 30-day wagon spring movement, ca 1852. The rosewood case is 17.5” high, 13” wide, and 5” deep. The case style was very unusual for its day with very detailed beveled front, top and base. The two doors have brass knobs and the bottom door has an original painted glass. The top glass has gold leaf with over painting. The painted metal dial has no flaking to speak of, except some small key chipping around the winding arbors. It has hands and an old brass pendulum bob but cannot be sure if they are original. The wagon spring frame is cast iron and has a decorative scroll design. On the backboard is a complete legible label. The screws holding the dial and the tablet, need some attention. Atkins was always experimenting and changed cases and movements on a whim. Reference: “The Clocks of Irenus Atkins”, by Gregory and King. Cases, movements, glasses, etc. are pictured and described. $1850-$2500.




46.           $800

“Forestville Manufacturing Company, / J. C. Brown, Bristol, Conn.”, 4 column onion top or sharp gothic clock, ca 1848. Rosewood veneered case is 20 inches tall and has all its original wood and internal parts. The clock has not had any veneer restorations or repairs. You would have to look long and hard to find any case problems. Even the finial tips are perfect and it has Brown’s patent bone door knob. The glasses are good and I believe the bottom glass is original. It has a complete label and an original painted dial, and old pendulum bob and coil gong. You can never be sure about the hands. The dial is not bad considering its age, and has some small paint chips, all are around the screws and winding arbors. The 8-day brass movement is running and signed by the maker. We see this style clock, without fusees, sell for $3000 and more at eastern auctions. The last one I saw was last fall and it went for $2300 plus some fees charged by the company that monitored the auction on line. This clock is all original and a very nice example of this model. $1000-$1500.



77.           $1750

Atkins Clock Co. “Parlor No. 1” case, with a 30-day wagon spring movement, ca 1852. The rosewood case is 17.5” high, 13” wide, and 5” deep. The case style was very unusual for its day with a very detailed beveled front, top and base. The two doors have knobs but not ivory (bone) knobs that were used often. They look original to me. The bottom door has a replacement painted glass. The top glass has original gold leaf with over painting. The painted metal dial has no flaking but I suspect it was repainted at some time. It has old hands and an old brass pendulum bob. The wagon spring frame is cast iron and has a decorative scroll design. The plates are brass, spokes with no bushings. Typically this model had no label and this one is no exception. I have sold at least 2, probably a few more, of this exact model, and in each case I called the clock a Welch, Whiting & Co.” production. In the book, “The Clocks of Irenus Atkins”, by Philip C. Gregory & Robert M. King, this case is shown with different movements but never with a wagon spring movement. Credit is given to Atkins alone for the wagon spring clocks.  This clock is complete and original except where noted, and is in running condition. $1750-$2500.



104.           $250

“Jeromes & Darrow, Bristol, Conn.”, eight-day wood works weight clock, ca 1835. Rare design, full length sharp columns, modified cornice top, portion of case with glass separating the doors. The sharp edges of the columns are pointing toward the front. There is a good label, two iron weights; top glass has original putty, not sure about the picture in the lower glass. It has some new putty so will call it a replaced glass. The mahogany veneered case is just less than 38” tall and has good veneer all over and if any veneer is chipped it would be nebulous. The wood dial is very nice, hands and bob are period, larger brass bell, and compounded weight pulleys on the sides. The escape wheel has 36 teeth. With the weight compounded it should run 8-days. The doors have locks and ivory escutcheons, and a key. This is a very nice early wood movement clock. Several books show an identical clock and movement made by Jeromes & Darrow. $250-$500.


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113.           $375

“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 and 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 in the picture. $400-$600.



141.           $300

“Jonathan Frost / Reading, Mass.”, twin steeple shelf clock, ca 1838. Mahogany veneered case is 19 inches tall, veneer is good all over but there is one chip at least on the base side. Two of the four finials are good, two have tiny tips missing. Both glasses are replaced, bottom etched glass has the harp design. For its age the painted dial is pretty good and has only one chip apparent, at 3 o’clock. The hands, pendulum, gong, and brass lock escutcheon, all appear to be correct. The label is very nice, and complete. The 8-day movement is running and striking.  The special feature of this clock is the very large original brass springs. When I first picked the clock up I thought it was a wagon spring movement, a very heavy clock which I assume is because of the large springs. $300-$500.


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142.           $200

“Putnam Bailey / Goshen, Conn.”, 30-hour unusual carved column and splat clock, ca 1830’s. He had a clock factory and exchanged clock parts for movements. He sold complete clocks with his label in the 1830’s. He died in Ohio at age 43 peddling wooded clocks. The 30-hour wood movement is complete, ticks with hand pulling of weight cords, but I did not hang the weights to check for running. Mahogany case is 35” high, has a crazed finish, has not been cleaned, has good veneer but has a chip or so on the bottom. There are capitals but no returns on top. The mirror is very old, has a lot of fading but cannot tell if it is a replacement, top glass is a newer replacement. Brass escutcheon in the door, working lock and no key. Bailey was known for his unusual carvings, the top and columns are definitely different on this clock. Original wood dial is clean and colorful and slightly soiled. Old iron weights, hands, pendulum bob, and all other internal parts. The label is almost perfect. $250-$400.



143.           $150

“Clocks / Made And Sold By / Seth Thomas / Plymouth, Conn.”, copied from the complete label in this early pillar and scroll, ca 1823. Eli Terry invented this movement and ST began making the same movement without Terry’s authorization and a lawsuit ensued and later dropped. Since they were good friends it is suspected the suit was merely a ploy to stop others from infringing on Terry’s patent. This mahogany veneered case is 31 inches tall to the finial tips. The brass finials are the hollow three-piece type with some of the seams visible, and perhaps original. Scroll tips are repaired with matching old veneer. It has the original base, feet and glue blocks. The door has a lock and escutcheon but no key. The bottom glass is original with original pagoda and original gold and a good bit of flaking. The upper glass is old but re-puttied. Very good label, period brass bob, iron weights, iron bell, very good wood dial, and hands. The movement is correct and complete. It ticks but I do not hang weights in wood movement clocks. It was recently restrung. The veneer is very good and if repairs were made they were well done. The top and base are original, one scroll tip reglued. $250-$500.



144.            $100

“Made and Sold by Marsh, Williams, & Co. Dayton, Ohio”, copied from the near complete label in this column and splat shelf clock, ca 1835. The column and splat case is 33 inches tall, mahogany veneered, columns and splat lost their stenciling and are painted black, perhaps in later years. The door has original wavy upper glass and putty, lower glass is a mirror with original black wood frame around the mirror. It has an escutcheon and lock but no key, no returns, and original label, weights and pendulum. The dial is original, has old hands and gong. No record of him having a clock factory. He evidently bought clocks from makers in Conn. such as Birge, Case, Gilbert and others. He was married to the sister of Wm. Gilbert. $100-$200.