OG mantel clock with 30-hour wood movement. The makers name is garbled on the label and I spent far too much time trying to figure it out. It appears to be, “W. S---------T, 172 Pearl Street, New York”. The rosewood veneered case is 28 inches tall, overall in decent condition, no major problems or repairs. It has a good wood dial, pair of iron weights, old pendulum, coil gong, good old glasses, and a complete and running wood movement. The label is practically all there except the name is garbled. $75-$150.
“New Haven Clock Company, New Haven, Conn.”, wood case mantel clock, “OG”, ca 1881. The case is made with what they called Zebra wood, stands 26 inches high, and is complete and original with minimal wear and tear. The painted glass is original but has been poorly rebacked to prevent further paint loss. The painted dial is original and the paint is holding pretty well to this point, it has a good paper label, coil gong, pair of iron weights, old pendulum, and a signed 30-hour brass movement that is in operating condition. Ly-New Haven #1220. $75-$150.
“William S. Johnson’s Clock Establishment, New York”, on the paper label inside the case. Most of his clock labels also say, “Manufactured By”. That is using the term loosely. I think he bought cases and movements from others and assembled them, or he bought complete clocks from others and put his label in them. Some Conn. companies black-balled him and would not sell him movements because he was undercutting prices. Some things never change. The very nice 15-inch-high rosewood veneered case is in the mantel clock family of clocks. It is a plain case with mostly flat wood pieces; the base has one angle piece. The glasses are old, and we feel for sure they are original to the case. The 8-day brass movement is running and striking a coil gong, the dial appears to be original, label is excellent and there is a brass pendulum. $75-$150.
“Jerome & Co., New Haven, Conn. U. S. A.”, early cottage clock with all the bells and whistles, ca 1875. This was a perfect clock for those days of working people living in small homes, had no TV to keep them up at night, wound the one-day movement, set the alarm, and went to bed. The 13 inch rosewood veneered case is very nice, clean, polished, has original glasses, original painted dial with leaves ? painted in the 4 corners, alarm movement, iron bell, brass pendulum, and the one day time and striking movement that is running properly. $75-$150.
European cottage clock (German, Swiss ?) in a simple 11 ½ inch case with painted glass, original dial and hands, one day unsigned movement, and pendulum. The label is typical for some of these early European clocks, it says only, “Diligens vincitomnia”, a Latin term with a multitude of meanings. Clock runs. $25-$50.
“Jerome & Co., New Haven, Conn. U. S. A.”, cottage clock with an 8-day time and strike movement. Not in the best of condition the mahogany veneered case is 13 inches tall, has some ragged veneer on the base and door, original glasses, dial, coil gong, and pendulum. The movement is complete but like the case may need some attention. There is a good label inside as well as a door latch and original hands. $25-$50.
“T.D.B. & Co. Bristol, Ct. U.S.A.”, iron clock, ca 1851. The company was comprised of Ralph Terry, Franklin Downs, Elias Burwell and George Downs. I have sold hundreds of the miniature Terry iron clocks, but this is a first. I have never run across a little iron clock with the movement signed as stated above. The iron case is 9 inches tall with mother of pearl decorations, brass sash, original painted dial, hour hand only, cylinder movement I assume is one day and is running sluggishly. A very rare clock. $100-$200.
Two clocks. 1. A European cottage clock, same label as #161, different case style, old glass and dial, one day time, strike, and alarm movement. Nice early cottage clock. 2. Maker unknown, 9 ¼ inch cottage clock, 30-hour time only movement, replaced dial, no label. $25-$50.
“Manross, Prichard & Co. Bristol, Conn.”, OG shelf clock, ca 1841-1843. This is the first OG I have sold by this maker, previous were made by Elisha Manross alone. The mahogany veneered case is 26 ½ inches tall, has the original but dark finish, has a few tiny veneer chips, a replaced “Wild West” picture in the bottom, original dial, most of the paper label, old iron weights, pendulum, coil gong, and a brass 30-hour time and striking movement. The clock is in operating condition. $100-$200.
“Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn.”, “Column Rosewood”, ca 1863. Thirty-hour time and strike, weight clock. The rosewood case is 25” high and typically has some veneer repairs and small chips around the top and base but very minimal on this case. Note the very light color of the wood. I find no evidence that it is anything but original. I would say it was never exposed to smoke like 99% of clocks. The glasses are original, some very minor flaking on the bottom glass, almost perfect dial, correct hands, pendulum bob and iron weights. Two movements in this clock, brass 30-hour, 2 weight movement, striking a coil gong, and an alarm movement, striking a brass bell. The movement is seat board mounted, has good weight cords, and a near perfect, complete, backboard paper label. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 521. $150-$300.