“Welch, Spring & Co., Forestville, Conn., Thirty Day, Titiens”, ca 1877. This is another extremely rare mantel clock that I have never sold or personally seen in any collection except the one we are selling here. The porcelain dial is signed in script, “Welch, Spring & Co. Forestville, Conn.”. A pretty good black and gold label on the back states the same makers and model information as shown above. The polished rosewood case is 23 inches tall with finials on the top and sides of the case, all are original and very nice. There is glass on the sides with gold trim on the edges. The nickel-plated time only 30-day movement is the product of B. B. Lewis who also invented the Patti movement and the perpetual calendar movement used by Welch, Spring & Co. in their calendar clocks. Ly-Welch, Second Edition, page 476. $2500-$3000.
“E. N. Welch Manufacturing Co. Forestville, Conn.”, No. 8 Iron with Baby Patti 8-day movement, ca 1889. The black enameled metal case has marbleized sides and stands 7 ½ inches high and is 7 ½ inches wide. It has a porcelain dial and a fine solid steel cut pinion noiseless Baby Patti movement. The porcelain dial, hands, flat beveled glass, back metal cover with label, and the pendulum are all original to the case. The Patti movement is running and striking an iron bell. The marbleized sides were signed inside the case by the artist, “F. G. Burrows”. Ly-Welch, Second Edition, page348. $1250-$1500.
“US Clock Co. New York”, copied from the dial and the brass movement of this very rare parlor clock, ca 1872. They made fine floor and wall regulators, and various styles of shelf clocks. It is not known where the clocks were made. You will have to admit that the style of the case is a few notches above the normal parlor clocks of that period. Note the cast pewter objects on the sides and the top, the outstanding carvings top and sides, etched designs all over the case and the 4 metal feet underneath. The glass is original, so is the signed dial, brass dial rings, nickel bell and the pendulum that looks like those in Welch clocks. That might make one think that the clock was made by Welch as Welch made more unusual cases like this one than any other maker. The rosewood case is 24 inches tall. $1000-$1500.
“E. N. Welch Mfg. Co., Forestville, Conn.”, mantel clock, “Gilmore”, ca 1885. This is another very rare model, not that it is all that unusual, but one has never come my way and I cannot find where one has sold anywhere. The walnut case is 25 inches, has a complete label on the back, a real nice and original painted door glass, fancy Welch pendulum, original dial, Cathedral gong, alarm movement with brass bell, and the typical Welch 8-day time and strike movement that is running and striking. The case has some very unusual designed cutouts and attachments on the top and grooved designs top to bottom. Ly-Welch #428. $350-$500.
George A. Jones & Co. New York, walnut parlor clock, “Egyptian”, ca 1870. The elaborate walnut case is 23 ½ inches tall with applied trimmings on the sides, removable pegged top and finials. There are etched designs on the base and door. It has three original glasses, decorative pendulum, nickel bell, and 8-day time and strike movement that is running and striking hourly. The movement is signed “E. N. Welch”. That is typical of this maker as he bought movements from various factories and also made some in his factory. We have seen other similar clocks by this maker that were also named “Egyptian” but were of different design. Clocks by this maker are rarely found for sale and are all of unusual and ornate design. $400-$600.
“R. Booth Clock Co. /Pat’d 1882”, signed on the 8-day movement in this parlor clock. The gong base is signed, “Booth Clock Co.”, and the beat scale is signed, “R. Booth Clock Co. U.S.”. A lot of identification in the clock but I cannot find anything about him in my vast library. The 25-inch-high walnut case has the original finish, now dark and covered with years of polish or whatever. The backboard inside is paper covered, the dial is new paper, and the pendulum is a fancy one signed “Ansonia”. The clock came with a collection of excellent and rare clocks. The previous owner must have known something about this rare maker that I cannot find. I went on the NAWCC Library site, but wouldn’t you know they are closed for two weeks. $300-$500.
“James Wood / New York”, succeeded Geo. A. Jones & Co. in 1872, making and selling his own clocks at 6 Cortland St. This parlor clock stands 25 inches tall, is double sided, that is the back edges of the case are the same as the front edges, much like many of the better Ansonia clocks. The movement runs 8-days and it strikes on a bell. Note the elaborate pendulum. The top is pegged to the case. It was a tight fit so I did not push it down all the way. The dial is old, original I don’t know. The door glass is a replacement and the door hooks on the side. Most of a paper label remains on the back. An unusual and very attractive clock. A little polish would help it immensely. $350-$500.
Welch, Spring & Co. mantel clock, “Lucca V.P.”, ca 1885. Polished rosewood case is 24 inches high, dark but clean. All the finials look to be original. I just noticed I did not center them very well for the picture. It has a great original finial that only shows on one clock in the books. The three glasses are all original, a complete black label inside on the bottom, and a nickel bell. The two-piece dial is original as are the brass dial rings and the two piece painted dial. It also has the unique 8-day time and strike movement. Ly-Welch, pages 417-419. $150-$250.
“F. Kroeber, New York”, mantel clock, “Angel Swing No. 1-1876”, copied from the complete label on the back of this rare clock. The 17-inch-high case is made of walnut, has three glasses, door latch, brass dial rings, probably an original dial – not real sure, and replaced hands. The swinging figure does not look like those pictured in Ly-Kroeber, page 127, so I must assume ours is not original. The signed movement runs 8-days and is time only. The case is clean and polished and the general appearance is excellence. $300-$500.
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.