Extremely rare New Hampshire style mirror wall clock made by Chauncey Boardman and Joseph A. Wells, his son-in-law, at Bristol, Conn., ca 1828-1832. The mahogany case is 34 inches tall, four corners of the case have gold leaf decorative blocks (2 inches by 2 inches). One-half columns with gold leaf designs and black between the gold pieces. The clock strikes on a bell on top of the case. Similar case designs but with brass movement are shown on page 100-101 of “Horology Americana” by Dworetsky and Dickstein. The groaner movement and life of Chauncey Boardman are shown on pages 183-185 of “Eli Terry and the Conn. Shelf Clock” by Kenneth Roberts. The 30-hour weight driven movement has been restored where appropriate, and restrung. The clock is in good running order. The hands and dial are outstanding, and the mirror is 20 inches by 12 inches. I believe the mirror is a replacement. $500-$1000.
“Jonathan Frost / Reading, Mass.”, 30-hour wooden works alarm clock, ca 1841, date printed on the label. The movement has three weights one for the time, one for the strike and one for the alarm. The movement has been completely overhauled and the cords restrung. It is running, striking the hours, and alarms properly. The mahogany veneered case is 29 ˝ inches tall, has the Empire style top and very unusual columns, but you cannot call them columns, they are more like double OG on the corners. The mirror is probably a replacement, label is complete and nice, has a good wood dial, old hands, pendulum, alarm ring, and iron bell on top of the case. As reported on a previous alarm wood movement clock, if they are running and in excellent condition they will fetch good money. $500-$1000.
“Seth Thomas / Plymouth Hollow, Conn.”, early four-column clock called, “Column No. 1”, ca 1863. The mahogany veneered case has two solid turned columns each side. The case is near perfect. The clock is sometimes called the “New York Model” for it is believed the cases were made by another company in the New York area. We have seen at least a half dozen of this exact clock with various makers labels in them. We believe Seth Thomas bought the case, and then put their movement, dial and label in the case. The repainted dial is super nice, label is nearly all present, wafer weights are correct, painted glass is original, and pendulum bob and hands appear original. We have sold this model in the past upwards of $600. Ly-Seth Thomas #1737. $200-$350.
“Birge & Peck / Bristol Conn / U S A”, large column and cornice, or Empire style clock, ca 1849. These two men were in business until Mr. Birge resigned in 1855 to farm. This clock has their revised 8-day strap brass movement without the side extension. The large mahogany veneered case is 32 ˝ inches high. Generally, the veneer is very good; however, there are a few veneer chips on the bottom and top boards, and the usual edge tics. Considering the age of the clock the veneer is very nice, but if I did not mention the tiny chips some kind person would call it to my attention. The tablets are original but have been touched up. There is practically a complete paper label on the backboard, featuring the “Puffin Betsy Train”.. The metal dial was repainted; there are old hands, two original door latches, a pair of large iron weights, and a period pendulum bob. Typical of the Birge companies dial the center hole is large. It has been reported in the past that it was done that way to better observe the new innovation of strap brass movements. The 8-day weight driven movement has been cleaned and restrung a few years ago. $300-$500.
Joseph Ives mirror wall clock, ca 1819-1823. During this period of making wood movements for tall clocks he also invented and made long mirror cases that required long pendulums. There are examples of wood movements in the long mirror cases as well as brass movements. The case is constructed of mahogany with scrolled top, a painted tablet, and a mirror. The case is painted inside and the mirror is backed with long pieces of wood that are also painted. The case is 55 ˝ inches tall and 19 ˝ inches wide. Being 200 years old you should excuse the fact that both scrolls have been broken and repaired for most all clock scrolls have been broken and repaired. The 8-day movement, invented by Ives, has an iron back plate, pieced brass front plate, brass gears with roller pinions, a long pendulum, and is in excellent running condition. It also has an exceptional painted iron dial with decorations, 3 brass finials and 2 iron weights. We cannot say emphatically that the weights, pendulum bob, and those type accessories are original to the clock. For reference see “American Shelf and Wall Clocks” by Robert W. D. Ball, page 227; and Horology Americana” by L. Dworetsky and Robert Dickstein, page 95; and “The Connecticut Clock Technology 1810-1862”, page 46 thru 59, by Kenneth Roberts. An identical clock was sold at Cottone Auctions, October 2014. $1000-$2000.
“C. & L. C. Ives, / Bristol, Conn.” copied from the near complete paper label. Mahogany veneered case is 38” high, with a very nice carved splat, complete chimneys and returns, full turned and carved columns in the center, and four ball feet on the bottom. It never had top or bottom half columns as many triple decker clocks had in that time period. Top door has original ivory escutcheon with door lock and key. Bottom door also has the ivory escutcheon and lock. Overall the veneer is pretty good, a chip or two and frayed edges around the doors and base. The top glass is held in place with replaced putty, but the two lower glasses are probably original. The old wood dial is good, but the mirror is missing. It has an 8-day strap brass movement with side arm extension which was one of Ives earlier brass movements. The movement has been serviced and in running order. It strikes hours on a large iron bell. There is a correct pair of old iron weights and an old pendulum bob. This is a very nice restored early triple decker clock. Similar clocks can be seen on page 58 and 67 in the book by R. W. D. Ball., “American Shelf and Wall Clocks”. $350-$550.
Massachusetts Shelf clock, a reproduction of those popular clocks made in the 1800’s. Styles varied slightly among the several companies’ making those clocks. This one is more in the style of Silas Parson of New Hampshire, making them in 1815. The base or at least part of it appears to be very old and could have been part of an original shelf clock. As you know originals have sold as high as $50,000 which encouraged modern clock makers to reproduce them and try to reap some of the profits. The burl walnut case is 41 inches tall and 17 inches wide at the base. It has had repairs, especially on the backboard and there is a chip on one of the feet, not visible from the front. It has a nice brass eagle on top, scrolls that were popular in the 1800’s, and an excellent dial with a 5 ˝ inch time track. The reverse painting was copied from an original. Inside is a Kilbourn and Proctor 8-day, weight driven, time only movement that is in fine running condition. $500-$1000.
“Birge & Fuller / Bristol, Conn.”, ca 1844. One of the early clocks made using a brass movement, much less a strap brass movement. The movement was invented and patented by Joseph Ives, and subsequently licensed to other clockmakers in the Bristol area. As you may have noticed there are some clocks in this auction with an arm extended on the left side of the movement. They were Ives first brass movements. Mahogany veneered case is 35 inches tall, good veneer all over, but you will find a few small chips on the back edges, and some light hauling scratches on the edges. The fruit basket splat has good gilt, columns have gilt except the part of the columns that are grained. Two door latches, Birge style replacement glass in the bottom door, and new mirror. The two iron weights are correct for that period and of course we cannot be sure about the pendulum bob or hands as to originality. The painted wood dial has some stretch marks and has darkened over time. It has the large center opening which “experts” claim was done so we curious folks could watch the gears move. The 8-day brass movement is clean, complete, and operational, but we do not hang heavy weights on clocks this old, especially if I do not own it. Why should I take a chance with a clock 175 years old? The movement is signed, “Birge & Fuller / Bristol, Conn. U.S.A.”. $350-$500.
“C. & L. C. Ives, Bristol, Conn.”, triple decker clock, ca 1832. This rare old clock is almost 185 years old and has somehow managed to stay in a nice collectable condition. The mahogany veneered case is 37, inches tall, has a very unusual splat, a complete label, and original glasses. It is almost unheard of to find all that in a clock that old. Now true the glasses had some chips and were touched up by Tom Moberg, but who wouldn’t do that? It has an excellent wood dial with gold corners and gold chapter ring with black Arabic numbers. The stenciled gold leaf splat is signed, “Brass Clocks Made by C. & L. C. Ives”. The center columns are stenciled and there are no top or bottom half columns and it never had any. The two doors have ivory escutcheons and locks, but no key. There is one of this case-style in the Connecticut State Library. Also one shown in the book, “Two Hundred Years of American Clocks and Watches”, by Chris Bailey. The same clock is on page 99, Fig.23A of KI. D. Rogers book, “The Contribution of Joseph Ives to Connecticut Clock Technology”. Our clock has four black bun feet and a large 4 ˝ inch round bell. This 8-day brass (cheese hole) movement was one of the first brass movements designed by Ives and has the side arm extension which he abandoned in a few years. This is a very nice early collectable triple decker in excellent restored condition. $500-$750.
Elisha Hotchkiss, Jr., Burlington, Conn., carved column and splat case, 30-hour wood movement, ca 1831. No label on the backboard but the movement is identified in the Spring 1993 NAWCC Bulletin Supplement No. 19, page 53, figure 131. The case, movement, and maker, are identified in that article by Bryan Rogers and Snowden Taylor. The mahogany case with carved eagle top is 38 inches tall, 18 inches wide, with carved front feet. One foot has had a chip glued in place. There is a nice professional replacement glass of a ship with gold leaf border around the glass. The iron weights may be replacements. The movement has been serviced and is in excellent running order. $300-$500.