George A. Jones, New York, N.Y. This clockmaker had an interesting history and his clocks are very collectable today. This shelf clock is known as the “Turret” model, very different styling as were all his clocks. The case appears to be original, perhaps a little dull, needing polish, and some minor adjustments here and there. The pendulum looks to be original, but then we never see his pendulums so cannot be sure. The paper dial is a replacement. The 8-day time and strike movement is running. $250-$350.
G. A. Jones & Co. New York, decorated parlor clock, ca 1870. Jones produced a very elaborately decorated clock OR an artist once owned it. The painting of the flowers and other decorations were not done by an amateur and also they were done a mighty long time ago. Just before it came to me it was obviously was in the process of being restored for a new piece of molding on the left side was recently attached and ready for painting. The case is 25 inches tall, has all of its pieces and parts, has evidently been rode hard and put up wet for it is not a mint clock and needs some restoration. The innards, pendulum, bell, and 8-day movement are typical Jones items, as are the metal attachments to the very ornate parts of the case. I believe the hands post is bent for the hands are hard to move. I did not try to run the movement. $300-$500.
G. A. Jones & Co. New York, parlor clock, ca 1870. Note the comparison with #15. Almost identical but with slight differences, such as, the finials and the top crest. That would be typical with a production line like Jones had. I can certainly understand how finials would vary in identical models. He used a Welch movement and pendulum in this clock. They are pictured in the back of Ly-Welch. The walnut case is almost 25 inches tall, complete and original the best I can tell with the exception of one tiny finial on top that was recently made and not yet stained. The glass is perfect, dial is original but dark and aged, and the 8-day movement appears to be in running condition. $300-$500.
“G. A. Jones & Co. New York”, 8-day mantel clock, “Egyptian”, in a large and attractive case, ca 1870-1874. This clock reminds me of several Ansonia clocks produced after 1877 when Ansonia was reorganized and Henry J. Davies became General Manager. Davies had bought out George Jones in 1874. In other words, Davies continued making the Jones models when he was in business for himself and also when he ran Ansonia. I am surprised Ansonia did not name a clock Egyptian. This walnut case is 24 ½ inches tall, the four clock sides are identical, it has 3 glasses, finials, and ornate top and a fancy pendulum that Jones was noted for. The paper dial is a replacement, and the clock deserves a nice painted dial. The 8-day movement is running and striking a bell on the hours. On the back is a complete paper label. $400-$600.
Welch, Spring & Co., “Eight-day Cary”, ca 1880. A mantel clock with a Patti movement, two thirds of the black label on the back, 20-inch-high rosewood case, slick cabinet finish that is polished and looks pristine. It has the correct Welch curved-side pendulum, excellent gold trim on the front glass, original side glasses, and overall just a beautiful and very rare case. The movement is the famous “Patti” 8-day time and strike, recognized by the X on the front and back plates. The movement is running nicely and strikes on a cup bell. This is one of the best-looking cases of the Patti group. Ly-Welch, page 148-150. $600-$900.
Welch, Spring & Co. “Patti No. 1”, ca 1880. The complete black and gold label on the back identifies this clock as the “Patti V.P.”, or visible pendulum. The polished walnut case is 18.5” high, complete with all the correct finials and the ornate turned columns on all four corners, it has the original finish that looks extremely nice and near perfect. Great glass in the door with the gold designs around the edge, original side glasses, correct curved-side pendulum bob, black flocking on the backboard, and the original dial and hands. Three good glasses, nickel bell, and the famous “Patti” 8-day movement that strikes hours on the bell. I would not call it mint or perfect for some may say it is not, but it is very nice. Ly-Welch, pages 154-155 and 284-285. $500-$750.
“Welch, Spring & Co., Forestville, Conn. U.S.A.”, Gerster V.P. “Extremely Rare Variant”, ca 1879. Another of the near perfect Welch clocks from a collection we have been selling in recent auctions. This is an un-catalogued model having a number of common visual characteristics with the standard GERSTER V.P. It is possible this clock was designed as a stand-alone version…perhaps archetype or prototype model that never achieved production status. My records over 45 years reveal I have never sold this model before nor have I ever seen one in another auction. The mahogany case is 17 ½ inches tall, polished, all original, no repairs or problems except the label on the back is near gone. Like the previous Gerster the front glass with the gold band is perfect. The side panels on this model are polished mahogany, unlike the standard Gerster which have glass sides. It has the nice Welch curved side pendulum, original Patti key, dial and hands, brass dial rings, and alarm built in the Patti 8-day movement. Alarm and hours sound on the same nickel bell. $850-$1100.
E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. Forestville, Conn., walnut mantel clock, “Hatton”, ca 1885. The 23-inch-high case is very nice, has the original finish, slightly darkened as all woods tend to do, has carved flowers top and bottom, and etched designs front and sides. The glass is original as are the dial, hands, Cathedral gong, and fancy Welch pendulum. The 8-day movement is running and striking the gong each hour. This is only the second of this model I have ever sold and they were identical and had only one flower just above the dial. Ly-Welch #434 and the “E. N. Welch” book mentioned above, both picture the clock with 3 flowers just above the dial. Either the two models I have had, or their picture models, is a variant. In any case this clock is very rare. $300-$500.
“Welch, Spring & Co., Forestville, Conn. U.S.A. / Eight-day Gerster V.P.”, ca1879. Near mint rosewood case is 18 ½ inches high, rubbed to a smooth cabinet finish, and is complete and all original. There is a complete black label on the back, perfect front glass with a gold band, and original side glasses. Inside is a perfect Welch curved-side glass pendulum bob, original hands, original dial with brass rings, and an original Patti key that I had never seen in a Patti clock before. It has the famous Patti 8-day movement that is running perfectly and strikes a bell below the movement each hour. This is one of a series of perfect Welch clocks that we will be selling in this auction. Ly-Welch, page 149. $600-$900.
E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. Forestville, Conn. walnut mantel clock, “Nevada”, ca 1885. There are stories surrounding all the Welch clock names. The book mentioned above has those stories and pictures. This 23-inch-high case is very nice, all original, and has had no repairs or replaced parts. The glass is original as is the Welch pendulum, gong base (coil missing), alarm movement and bell, and the 8-day time and strike movement. This clock, recently found because it is extremely rare, has not been cleaned and restored although the case is very nice. The original paper dial is signed. The brass rings are oxidized and need to be polished. The movement is running. Ly-Welch #444. $300-$500.