Victorian Shelf Clocks Page 5
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398.           $60

“The E. Ingraham Co., Bristol, Conn. made expressly for Charles F. Adams Company”, on the label of this walnut parlor clock. The label says it is the “St. Clair” model. We have had other clocks made by different makers that made clocks for Charles Adams. He made and sold washing machines and sold parlor clocks. This clock is above average for Ingraham with the thermometer and level, many nice applied ornaments and etchings. The glass is outstanding, paper dial is a replacement, 8-day time and strike movement, and a separate alarm movement with bell. The clock strikes half hours and hours on a Cathedral gong and it is running. $75-$150.

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506.     $100

Ansonia “Ringgold”, ca. 1886.  A nicely refinished walnut case, 24.5 inches high.  The crest appears to be a replacement and is missing the center circular ornament, and the left return is missing.  The glass is old but the book shows a decorated glass; the dial is new paper.  The inside of the case is wallpapered and there is a nice Ansonia beat scale, no label front or back.  The 8-day time and half-hour strike movement is signed and running, striking on a wire gong. No sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, so must be uncommon.  $100-$200.

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511.       $150

Seth Thomas “Eclipse”, ca. 1880.  The Eclipse, or “Ball-top” is shown in Vol. 2 of Ly’s book on Seth Thomas clocks, page 724.  This one is in walnut, likely original finish, with an old decorated glass, a signed paper dial, proper hands and an Eclipse pendulum bob.  There is a label inside and a push-button door lock.  The clock is running and striking; the alarm was not tested.  A nice example, 24 inches high.  $150-$200.

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517.      $125

F. Kroeber “Jamestown”, ca. 1881.  The book says ebony but I think that means black lacquer, with incised gold trim on an 18.5-inch case.  The gold leaf decoration on the glass is worn; the porcelain dial shows some hairlines and chips around the center post.  There is a signed 8-day time-and-strike brass movement with a nice mirrored glass pendulum that is running and striking a nickel bell.  The label on the back is mostly worn off.  No sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide since 2001, so this is not a common model.  In those years it sold for around $300; today I’d look for $150-$250; Kroebers remain popular.

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520.     $1200

Seth Thomas “Garfield”, ca. 1883.  This classic, weight-driven shelf clock is 30 inches high, named after the second US president to be assassinated, in 1881.  The case is walnut in an old if not original finish and with a nice amount of “patina”.  The glass is original, the dial repainted long ago; the hands are original, as is the pendulum and bob.  The dial trim, weights, and damascened pendulum bob are nickel-plated; the weights and bob could use a bit of polish and the weights are not Seth Thomas issue.  A decent label inside on the bottom, no date on the back of the case.  The movement is correct to this model and is running, but would benefit from service.  We sold this clock in 2017 for $1525.  $1200-$1500.

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610.     $150

Ansonia “Windsor”, ca. 1880.  Ansonia made two mirror-sided shelf clocks, the Triumph and this one, the Windsor.  The black walnut case is 21.5 inches tall and 13 inches wide, slightly smaller than the Triumph.  Both are shown on pages 445 and 447 of Ly’s book on Ansonia clocks.  This Windsor has a mirrored glass pendulum although the mirror surface is oxidized behind the glass.  The side mirrors are probably replacements; the door glass and the cupids are probably original.  The glass has lost much of its stenciled design from overzealous cleaning.  Note the two front corner metal feet. The signed 8-day time-and-half-hour strike movement is running and keeping time.  This clock also has an alarm which we did not test; there is no label to be found.  The glossy paper dial shows some foxing.  A Windsor sold on eBay last year for $228. $200-$250.


611.      $125

Ingraham “Grecian”, ca. 1869.  The ever-popular Grecian, a 14.25-inch walnut case with rosewood veneer, a new paper dial in a brass bezel, old glass and appropriate hands.  The finish is very good.  The 8-day time-and-strike signed movement is running, striking a wire gong and keeping time.  Good green label inside.  $150-$250.

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615.      $250

F. Kroeber “Bunkerhill”, ca. 1880.  The 21.5-inch case is ebony with gold incising; the colored leaves and berries are artistic license by a previous owner.  I suppose you could paint over them in black lacquer if you don’t find the artwork attractive.  The case is in excellent condition otherwise, and this is a difficult clock to find. The old glass retains all of the gold stencil, the dial is porcelain, and there are fancy hands that look like Kroeber hands. The 8-day signed movement is running and striking the hours on a nickel bell; there is a fancy Kroeber adjustable Jacot’s regulator pendulum (note that the pointer hand is missing the pointer portion).  There is a black beat scale on the backwall and two very nice labels on the back.  A Bunkerhill sold on eBay last year for $536 and it lacked the decorated glass.  There are no sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide.  $275-$500.

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620.     $100

Ansonia “Mantel Monogram”, ca. 1874.  Not a common clock; there are no listings in the Antique Clocks Price Guide.  The case is walnut and in need of a waxing as the finish is dull.  It stands 23 inches tall with the center finial, all of which look correct or close matches, but the right finial needs some touch-up at the neck.  The case design differs slightly from the catalog illustration on page 446 of Ly’s book on Ansonia clocks – note the curved corners in the door glass frame vs the acute angle corners in the illustration.  It has been reglued in places and a bit sloppily.  The pendulum also differs from the illustration.  The dial paper shows some wear and is not signed; the 8-day time-and-strike movement is signed and running.  The door glass is old; there is no label, but the book says it was manufactured by Ansonia Brass and Copper Co. We sold one in July for $125.  $125-$200.



622.     $50

Terry Clock Co. “Escort Pearl”, ca. 1885.  The Terry Clock Co. was founded by Silas Burnham Terry (son of Eli Terry) in 1867 and dissolved in 1888.  This model was not listed in their 1875 catalog so it was likely made after SB Terry’s death in 1876.  It’s 8 inches high with the handle up, in black enamel with gilt and pearl trim.  The lower right mother-of-pearl trim piece is missing and there is considerable wear to the paint around the signed paper dial.  There are two side glasses.  It holds a one-day lever movement with an alarm that is running.  Note that the minute hand is shortened; the alarm bell is on the bottom.  One setting knob is missing and the other is a replacement that does not fit well.  $50-$100.

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