Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Queen Anne”, ca 1883. The walnut case is 36” tall, clean and polished, and should please many Seth Thomas collectors. It is not a perfect clock, but then we do not sell many perfect clocks, but it is very nice. The door lock is correct, the pendulum bob, wood stick, and the nickeled dial ring are all original. Nice glass but not old. The knobs, small finials, and all the spindles and other case pieces appear to be original. Inside is a near perfect black label and a beat indicator. It has a very nice original painted dial that is signed in two places, and has correct hands. The 8-day time only movement is signed and is running. In the days when you could finance 125% of your home’s value with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, we would sell this model for around $2500. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 36. $500-$750.
“Atkins Clock Co. / Bristol, Conn. / Equalizing Spring / Thirty Day Clock”, a very rare Octagon Drop XX, with 30-day double fusee movement, ca 1859. The 26-inch-high case is rosewood veneer with ripple molding around the octagon top, painted tablet, and ivory knobs. The 12-inch dial has been repainted. This model case, movement, and label, are pictured and discussed in the book, “The Clocks of Irenus Atkins”, by Gregory & King, pages 66-69. This clock is possibly some of the remaining inventory of the 1858 bankrupt firm, “Atkins Clock Manuf. Co.” The label is near perfect, the hands are old, the movement is clean and operational, and there is a brass bob. The movement is one of the more interesting I have seen. There are some bumps along the base back edge and a couple on the back edge of the octagon top, but overall exceptionally nice. After all it is 170 years old. $1000-$1500.
“Birge, Peck & Co. / Bristol, Conn.”, ca 1838-1843, triple decker, 8-day clock, has two doors, and a middle stationary glass. The mahogany veneered case has full columns; a carved splat, turned feet, and has been restored, i.e. cleaned and polished, and gold parts professionally painted. Top is complete with chimneys and returns. They used bright gold paint on the capitals and bases and the carved piece on the splat. We believe the three glasses are replacements, or repainted on the old glass. The veneer and finish on the 36-inch-high mahogany veneered case is good, if any repairs or patching was done you do not notice the repairs. Excellent metal dial, period hands, pair of old iron 8-day weights, old bob, and door latches. A paper label inside covers most of the backboard. Strap brass 8-day movement is clean, the weight cords are good, pulleys intact; movement mounted to slide in wood seat board, and is in running order and striking a coil gong. This is a very attractive clock and a good example of the early triple decker clocks. $300-$500.
“Spencer, Hotchkiss, & Co. / Salem Bridge, (Naugatuck) Con.”, shelf clock in Empire case and 8-day “Salem Bridge” brass movement, ca 1830. This is a mahogany veneered triple decker case with a carved splat and paw feet, and half columns and full columns on the sides. It retains the original finish and all the carvings and other case parts are excellent with a very good patina. Some restoration and cleaning was apparently done. This case style was not the company’s more common case design and therefore rarer. The case is 33 ½ inches tall, has three glasses all of which appear original, two key locking doors but no key, with ivory escutcheons, and the usual edge nicks but the veneer as a whole is excellent with little if any repairs. I cannot find another sale of this model but some of their smaller model sold for $5000 or more. One with replaced glasses and no label sold for $2000. The label is complete, it has a very nice original wood dial, period hands, seconds dial and original hand, brass pendulum, iron bell, and of course the “Salem Bridge” 8-day brass movement. There are two large iron weights with this clock. The backboard is in three pieces, two hinged together, not an added feature, but original. Undoubtedly it is to access the movement from the back. $1000-$1500
Early American banjo clock made in the Attleboro, Mass. style, possibly by Horace Tifft, or G. Hatch, ca 1835-1850. Both painted glasses are replacements by Tom Moberg. The The mahogany case, including the brass finial, is 34” high. The finish is clean and polished. Original dial with good paint, hands are old and we assume are original. The bezel glass is held with soldered metal clips, painted glasses held with wood strips. The pendulum ball and stick, pulley, eagle finial, and all case hardware, we believe to be original. The movement and other case parts are indicative of the Attleboro and Tifft clocks. $750-$1000.
New Haven Clock Co. double dial mantel clock, “Leader”, ca 1880’s. Just when I thought I had seen about every clock ever made here comes a surprise. It is not a big expensive double dial, but it is a big clock, standing about 35 inches tall. The walnut case is clean and polished, complete and original, no glaring problems anywhere. It has a good painted glass, door latch, two original dials and brass pendulum. The hands may be replacements. The upper dial is signed, “New Haven C Co”, and the bottom dial, “Jerome & Co.”. The upper movement is 8-day and strikes hourly, and the bottom movement is a simple calendar mechanism, both are running properly. Ly-New Haven, page 72. $500-$750.
“Birge & Fuller, Bristol, Conn.”, wagon spring in a steeple on frame case, “double candlestick” ca 1845. The brass movement is an 8-day “wagon spring”, time and gong strike. Mahogany veneered case is 26 inches tall and in almost perfect condition. It has no doubt been cleaned/polished for there is no crust or smoke anywhere. There is no damage visible on the four candles and there are no veneer repairs or any needed. The worst thing you will find if an edge nice no bigger than a pin head. The bottom glass is possibly a replacement and the top certainly appears original and has some minor paint loss. Old pendulum bob and wind key, original dial has good original paint, old hands but who knows for sure if original, and two original door latches. There is a really nice paper label. The movement is signed, “C Boardman / Bristol, Conn. / USA”. The J. Ives lever spring movement is original and complete with the old chain. I will not wind a wagon spring, sorry. I just guarantee it is complete and operational. Reference: “The Contributions of Joseph Ives to Connecticut Clock Technology 1810-1862”, page 234, by Kenneth Roberts. As you know this type clock has sold $5000 and up for years. They are still sought after for we get calls quite often from collectors seeking them. $1500-$2000.
French black marble clock with elaborate bronze ornaments, ca 1880. The case is 16 inches tall, has several pieces of bronze from the finials on top to the round feet on the base. This case has four marble columns with bronze capitals and bases which give the case a special appearance. It has a French sash, beveled glass, bronze dial ring with incised numerals, a mottled brass inner dial, and a great pair of French hands. Round French movement, typical pendulum, and is running and striking a gong on the half hours and hours. The movement is signed, “L. F. Japy / 1873”, and the dial is signed, “Tiffany & Co. / New York”. Metal back door is hinged and bronze like all the other metal objects on the case. $300-$500.
“Ansonia Brass & Copper Company / Ansonia Conn. / Terry’s Patent Improved Calendar”, ca 1874. Named in the trade catalogs, “Drop Extra Calendar”. The stunning rosewood veneered case is 33 inches high, very clean, polished, and near perfect. As usual you may find veneer chips on the top or bottom corners. I challenge you to find a nicer one. The bottom glass paint is also excellent. If there is one flaw it might be a replaced top glass. The label is perfect as is the original painted dial. For its age it is outstanding. It has an 8-day movement that is running and striking on a coil gong. The calendar part, as previously stated, is also functioning properly. It has two very large iron weights, fancy brass pendulum bob. I have never seen more than 2-3 of this model and this one is certainly the best of the best. Ly-Ansonia, page 70. $600-$900.
“Maranville Calendar Clock / Manufactured For / N. C. Hyde & Co. / By Gilbert Manufacturing Company, Winsted, Conn.”, copied from the complete label in this short drop rosewood case, ca 1881. This model is not shown in the Gilbert’s trade catalogs, because it was made special for Hyde and is slightly different from similar clocks Gilbert made to sell themselves. The case is 22 ½ inches tall, nice overall condition, clean and polished. You will no doubt find rough veneer in places on the octagon top. The dial was completely restored, has the correct hands and brass bezel. As you probably know the calendar dial must be changed monthly by a key at the top of the dial. Inside is a complete label, coil gong, brass pendulum, hinged door at the bottom with original painted glass. The Gilbert 8-day movement is running, striking the coil gong and operating the calendar dials. Ly-Gilbert, pages 72-73. $300-$500.