French hanging clock with 8-day time and strike movement, ca 1880. It strikes on a coil gong attached to a metal cover over the movement. The solid plate movement is signed with a logo. Initials inside the logo are “C F” or “F C”, which I would guess is one of the Freres clock makers of that era. The back of the case is covered with a metal plate which I removed for the picture. The minute hand is broken and will need to be soldered or better to get a pair of French hands from Timesavers. The wood case is 28 inches tall, has numerous brass decorations top to bottom, some sections with carved designs, and a removable top. It was running when I hung for the picture. $300-$500.
German Oswald Genie, an extremely rare carved wood clock, not composition as so many of the later ones are. The Oswald sticker is underneath. This model original had a wood tray held in the Genie’s outstretched hands. The collector who sells Genie clocks thru our auctions says the wood trays are available on EBay, and unfortunately you cannot tell if they are original or not. The excellent carved case is 8 inches high, clean and complete. The Oswald clocks have 30-hour movements that wind and set on the back. The movement is running and the eyes are rotating properly. The rotation of the left eye shows the hour, the right eye the minutes. $300-$450.
English fusee shelf clock. No signature on the dial or movement, at least on the back plate of the 8-day wire fusee movement. The nice substantial wood case is 14 ½ inches tall and 12 inches wide, and appears to be all original. It has some age, I would guess 100-150 years old. The large brass pendulum is correct and the movement is 8-day, time only. The brass bezel and bowed glass are covering the 6-inch brass dial with recessed numerals and original hands. A large hinged, key locking back door has an original glass so you can view the movement. $250-$350.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. parlor clock, “Occidental”, ca 1891.The walnut case is in original condition and only lightly cleaned and polished leaving some dark places in the grooves and corners. The gold statues are replacements, mirrors are original and losing some silver making them have spots. The two top finials are not a match but very few would notice as they are very close to the same. The door has the original and very nice original glass. The pendulum is a special one Gilbert only used on better clocks. A needle in the center adjusts for slow-fast. I believe the dial is original as it has darkened considerably. Inside is the 8-day movement that is running and striking a Cathedral gong. Ly-Gilbert#1040. $150-$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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Terry Clock Co. / Pittsfield, Mass. U.S.A.”, wall clock, ca 1880. There is no way to tell exactly who made this clock because Silas B. Terry and his sons declared bankruptcy in 1880 and the Terry Clock Co. was acquired by a group of investors who continued under the Terry Clock Co. name. So, it could have been made by either group. This 21-inch mahogany case is unlike any clock case I have ever seen, particularly the style. It appears to be 100 percent original in every respect. The 8-day time and striking movement is or was in operating condition until a spring broke. Easy fix for a repair person. As you can tell the case looks like a shelf clock on the base but it does not function that way, it needs to be hanging. I cannot find this model in any clock reference book. $150-$300.
“E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. Forestville, Conn. U.S.A.”, a rare mantel clock, ca 1872. Welch made hundreds of case styles but I cannot find this model in Ly-Welch or any other book. It closely resembles Welch’s “Tural” model, Ly-Welch, page 478, but the Tural is on 15 ½ inches tall and our clock is 18 ½ inches tall. Made of rosewood veneer it is clean and nice except the base is showing wear and tear. It has a great painted tablet, original upper glass, original painted dial with a few small chips, original hands, pendulum, complete label and a key. It has a one-day movement that is running and striking on a coil gong. $100-$200