“A. Munger’s Patent Brass Eight-day Clocks and Time Pieces ----Auburn”, copied from the complete paper label. Munger was making clocks without a partner, ca 1820. This is an eight-day time and strike empire shelf clock called and Ironing Board shelf clock. It is a fine example of the Munger clocks when comparing this clock to others pictured in research papers. The only things missing are a mirror lower glass, a glass around the dial, and a pair of weights. It has the original label, the original eagle pendulum, original dial and three moon hands, and original movement and iron bell. The backboard is completely covered with wallpaper. Mostly solid rosewood case is 39 ˝” high, complete, no visible repairs or additions. Half columns are mostly carved, some turnings and bulls eye decorations. The weights would be compounded in this case with large iron pulleys in the case top and two more pulleys attached to the weights. All the pulleys are with the clock. The best article, with pictures of this clock and others, is in the NAWCC Bulletin, December 1966, Whole Number 125, “Asa Munger’s Shelf Clocks”, Pages 571-587. We see restored Munger clocks selling from $2500 to $5000. Our estimate $500-$750.
Samuel Estell, inventor of the “Estell Program Regulator Clock”, ca 1870. Our research has found a handful of his program clocks but always in very small cases, under 20 inches tall. Most were produced by the “US Clock and Brass Co.”. Our clock has a signed Chauncey Jerome 8-day movement. Jerome was connected to the US Clock and Brass Co. at some time, so was probably connected to Samuel Estell. See articles in the NAWCC Bulletins for more information. Nowhere have I found that they made a clock of this size (31 inches high) or of this type. All I found were small shelf clocks. The labels on the back of this clock indicate it was made by, “Jerome & Company”, for use in schools. It can be programed to ring bells at set to strike at any time, every five or ten minutes, or half hour as may be required. The running movement strikes on a bell each hour. We could find no prior sales of this large school clock but the small shelf clocks were selling from $500 up. $750-$1000.
Ansonia Clock Co. hanging clock, “Reflector”, ca 1883. This one is the earlier of two models pictured in the Ansonia catalogs. The Reflector is a super looking clock, but being black with mirrors on both sides, seems impossible to take a good picture, at least for a non-professional photographer. Some very talented person completely repainted the 35-inch case black, like it was originally. Only an astute clock collector can tell it does not have the original paint. The 8-day movement is running and striking on a gong. Four of the five glasses are perfect but the bottom right mirror is cracked. It has a very nice pendulum and beat scale. I have seen them sell in the gone by days for $1800 with the paint even stripped off, and have heard of them bring a lot more at east coast auctions. This one is as nice as any we have sold, even considering the repaint. Ly-Ansonia #574. $750-$1000.
“William E. Hadlock & Co., Boston, MA”, high grade spring driven wall regulator, ca 1874. This is a very rare model clock with some unusual design features. Note the oversized wood bezel that extends outside the case body. The walnut case is 38 inches tall, has a pegged topo ornament, original painted glass, pendulum and stick, and an 8-day time only brass movement. It is of the highest quality and powered by a large main spring. The pendulum is mounted in front of the movement therefore is close to the front of the case and can be more visibly viewed. The dial is near perfect and I cannot swear it was repainted or original. Hadlock made two very similar style of this clock, this one being slight small of the two. The larger one has finial type ornaments on the top each side of the removable top piece. We have found only two other examples of his regulators, both the larger styles. In addition to being a clockmaker-watchmaker, he was probably best known as a chronometer maker. $1000-$1500.
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.
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.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1928. Near perfect 36 ˝ inch high quarter oak case, clean, polished, ready to hang and enjoy. All wood case parts and internal parts appear to be original to each other. The original painted metal dial is only slightly soiled/aged, the slightest hint that the paint may be fragile, but that is normal for ST dials for they usually have lost a lot of paint by this time. It is signed in two places, and has three correct hands. Signed 8-day movements is running, pendulum, pendulum stick, brass weight, and beat scale, are all correct. There is an excellent label on the base. For whatever reason a thin layer of wood on the back of the clock was scraped off. No damage to the case or the look when hanging. America’s most collected clock. There must be one in every home. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 277. $650-$1000.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. miniature “shop clock” or “store regulator” with Coca Cola advertising on the dial and the glass. Probably ca1930’s the 20-inch oak case is like new, clean and polished. It is all original inside and out, has a door latch, coil gong, fancy pendulum but missing a tiny button on the bottom. Excellent advertising paper dial, correct hands and a signed 8-day time and striking movement that is running. $150-$250.