“Spencer, Hotchkiss & Co. / Salem Bridge, Conn.”, ca 1840. Mahogany veneered column and cornice case is 33.5” high, in very nice original condition with very few veneer repairs or corner nicks. I see one small piece missing on top that was stained so it doesn’t show. It has four full turned columns, nice carved capitals, and a door lock, and escutcheon. The original painted wood dial is very nice and identical to dials shown with this model case in the reference books. The hands are correct, there is a complete paper label inside, an old pendulum bob, brass pulleys, a pair of very large iron weights, and a coil gong. The top and bottom glasses are original, and a replaced middle glass painted by Tom Moberg. The bottom glass/door was sold with this case three different ways, hinged, loose, or permanently fixed. This door is hinged. The movement is 8-day time and gong strike, a good Salem Bridge movement. Reference: NAWCC Bulletin Supplement #13, “Heman Clark And The Salem Bridge Shelf Clocks”. $900-$1200.
Swiss brass mantel clock that is not an antique (100 years old) but the age is unknown. It would be described on EBay as “Vintage”, or old. Actually it is like new which describes most all of the clocks owned by this consignor. Everything is extremely nice or very unusual. This clock is almost 100 percent brass, the only exception being the glass in the windows on each side. The 8-day cylinder movement is running and it strikes on a nickel bell half hours and hours. There is a ½ inch beveled glass over the dial. $500-$1000.
“F. Kroeber Clock Co., New York”, enameled iron mantel clock, “Saxonia with Figure”, ca 1888. This one is not your ordinary enameled iron clock, look at all the cast brass ornaments, gilt dial, and seated statue (Lady with Hope) on top. Also this model has catches protruding from the case top that the statue attaches to and keeps it upright. The clock, with statue, is 20 inches high, has excellent finish on all parts, and is clean. There is a typical metal cover over the movement opening on the back. The movement runs 8-days and has a gong strike. Ly-Kroeber #599. $250-$400.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. Thomaston, Conn. early model of the “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1863. This model has a seconds ring and the weight descends down the middle of the case behind the weight baffle board. There is a complete paper label and beat scale on the baffle board. It is unusual to find them both in such good condition. The large iron weight, pendulum bob, and wood stick, are all original for this model but the pendulum bob was over cleaned and is now copper. The 8-day brass movement is correct and original to the case. Another big plus for this 150-year-old clock, is the original paint on the dial pan. The only chips are around the screws and the hand arbor. There is some veneer jaggedness on the bezel, and a chip on the base but otherwise the 34” high rosewood veneered case is original and very nice. The large iron weight and the painted glass are both original to the clock. There is some paint loss but it is difficult to tell from the front. The clock came from a long-time collector who is beginning to downsize his very large collection of fine wall clocks. This model has always sold in the $2000-$3000 range when in good original condition. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 274. $900-$1200.
Jerome & Co. / New Haven Clock Co. wall clock made for the English market, ca 1857. In this time period many of their clocks were being made in England and some in the USA. Like other English clocks the top is held to the case body by pegs. It is apparent there never was a label on this case. The signed New Haven movement has always been in this case. At first I thought this must be a made up case. It took me a while to get over how European the clock looked yet was made by American manufacturers. The hole in the clock hanger was too small to hang on my nails so I had to photograph it on its side, sorry. The case is near perfect to be 170 years old. The glass paint is excellent as is the inlay on the base, and all the finials, and other ornaments are original. The NH 8-day movement is running and striking hours on the coil gong. This is an excellent 39-inch mahogany cased clock. $500-$750.
“Jeromes & Darrow, Bristol, Conn.”, reeded column, scroll top case, ca 1828. This case is identical to the ones produced by the firm of “Jerome, Thompson & Co.” two years previously. As far as anyone knows the Boardman groaner movement was the only movement Jerome used in the reeded column scroll top cases. The 30-hour wood groaner movement is running very strong and overall in excellent condition, strikes an iron bell on top of the case. Considering this clock is over 190 years old we will call the dial good for its age, movement, weights, pendulum and hands very nice. The label identifies the maker but otherwise is very sparse. The top glass is a replacement, middle glass was painted or touched up in 1980, the bottom is an obverse painted tin panel with small glass insert in the center so you can see the pendulum. The three finials are replacements. The mahogany veneered case is 37 inches high and considering its age and other problems previously mentioned it is a pretty nice case. Note the carved capitals on top of the pilasters. The scroll top is a well-made replacement. A very expensive clock if in very nice original condition. Reference: “Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock”, Second Edition, Revised; by Kenneth D. Roberts and Snowden Taylor, pages 180-184; and NAWCC Bulletin #15: “Rags to Riches to Rags”, the story of Chauncey Jerome by Chris H. Bailey. $500-$1000.
“Silas B. Terry, Plymouth, Conn.”, triple decker case with his unusual design round brass movement, ca 1831-1852. This mahogany veneered case is 38 inches high, basically in nice condition but needs a few little things, i.e. configure the dial a little better, tighten the splat to the case, and make some veneer repairs on the door. Actually the veneer is excellent as is all other parts of the case. There are returns on top, chimneys, caps and splat are good otherwise. The escutcheons on the doors are good, as are both locks, but no key. The top two glasses are replacements and the wood bottom is probably a replacement. The 8-day brass movement was a product of this company. It has a good wood dial, period hands, iron weights, pendulum and crank. The carved splat is very nice but no way to know if it is original to this case. The label is perfect, on the very bottom of the case is a label of instruction, some of it is missing. This is a nice clock and it is in running condition. $500-$1000.
Hamburg American dwarf Grandmother floor clock, ca early 1900’s. The stained pine case is 48 inches high, top ornament with finial is removable. It appears like it would have two doors but is actually one door with two glasses. Nice large cast brass pendulum, brass dial with recessed numerals, dial is very decorative with cast and applied ornaments. The 8-day movement is running and striking. $400-$600.
“Hills, Goodrich & Co. Plainville, Conn.”, 8-day ogee clock with gold columns, ca 1840. This clock was originally made by Joseph Ives and his son Porteous. In 1841 they were bought out by Hills & Goodrich and they continued to make the Ives clock. The history of this company was a little fuzzy. In one research article it said Porteous was a partner of the firm and in another it said Joseph Ives was one of the partners. The mahogany veneered case is 31 inches tall and in excellent condition. Both upper glass and mirror are long ago replacements. The label is near perfect, dial may also be an old repaint, now with some edge nicks. The 8-day movement is one I cannot find information about. It was no doubt an Ives invention and is certainly very different. It is powered by two large iron weights. The prominent attraction to this clock is of course the gold covered columns and gold ornament at the top. The clock is different and rare, no doubt being the reason so many collectors are attracted to it. $500-$1000.
“Birge & Fuller / Bristol Conn / U S A”, large column and cornice, or Empire style clock, ca 1843. These two men were in business until the death of Mr. Fuller in 1848. This clock has their revised 8-day strap brass movement without the side extension. The large mahogany veneered case is 34” high. Generally, the veneer is very good, however, there are a few veneer repairs and a few chips on the bottom board, 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 bottom painted tablet is a good replacement; the top glass is a replacement, and the middle glass is an old painted glass but I would not bet the farm on it being original to this case. There is practically a complete paper label on the backboard, the wood dial is original and has some small speckled paint chips, there are old hands, two original door latches, a pair of large iron weights, and a period pendulum bob. $300-$500.