Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Office Calendar No. 1”, ca 1872. I have one almost identical to this one and came within an ace of having two. This clock is 150 years old and shows its age. The door has evidently never been cleaned. The box behind the door is showing a very nice rosewood so one would surmise the door could look the same. A collector probably won’t mind the old original finish but if you want it pretty you will have to take off the accumulated grime. The rosewood veneered case is very nice, and stands 40” high, and has a plain rosewood panel in the center. As with any large heavy clock you could probably find some edge chips if you looked hard enough. Excellent painted zinc dials are original, lettering is only slightly faded. Good hands, calendar rollers, and a near perfect black and gold label on the back of the door. Key lock on the side and a wood latch to hold the door. The movements are original and appear to be in good working order. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 89-90; Ly-Calendar, pages 244-247. $1000-$1500.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No. 0 Regulator”, or 8-day hanging weight bank clock, ca 1875. This contemporary clock was possibly made by Joel Warren, who lives near Ithaca, New York, and who owns the remaining stock of the Ithaca factory parts. He supplies the clock collecting public with precision Ithaca Calendar clock parts. This clock was no doubt duplicated exactly from an original model, and if you would drag it behind your car for a while, hang it in a shed to accumulate some dust and spiders, it might pass for an 1883 model. In a hundred years some member of your family would own an antique No. 0. First and foremost, this is a beautiful clock, made of walnut, 50 inches high, and has carvings top and bottom. Any or all of those things make it a desirable clock. What you may not see in the picture are the case sides, and the fine looking dials. The movement is 8-day, and appears to be an older one. There are two iron weights that descend the case sides. When this one is sold there will be no more unless someone in the future accepts the challenge. Joel indicates if he ever made them again he would have to charge a great deal more because of the time involved in making them. We have had one in our collection for some time and can vouch for the beauty, workmanship, and dependability of the clock. Ly-Calendar Clocks, page 271. $1,000-$1,500.
“Welch, Spring & Co. No. 4 Round Head Calendar”, ca 1878. The 8-day movement was made by the E. N. Welch Manufacturing Company and has a recoil escapement. It is spring driven, strikes hours on a coil gong. The calendar mechanism on the back of the lower door has a complete label indicating it was made by B. B. Lewis. Normally these cases would have one or two labels inside on the lower backboard. Because it was going to the Spanish market the labels were left off and a black paper was installed to cover the backboard. The dials are original and are designed for the Spanish market. The hands and pendulum are original to the clock. The 30-inch-high rosewood case is very nice to be 140 years old. This is a fine example of this rare calendar model. Ly-Welch, page 74; Ly-Calendar #734. This clock has consistently booked and sold for over $1500. Well it did until Washington declared that every American should own their own home. $500-$750.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. a rare model, “Office Calendar No. 5”. The clock is a reproduction and is very nice, clean, polished, and complete. Obviously some restoration has been done to the clock. This reproduction No. 5 was transformed into a railroad clock with two time dials, new trim around to the outer rims of both glasses, and of course the calendar movement was removed. The ornate trim top and bottom are identical to the original clocks so we assume all are correct on our case. A special key opens the little door on the base. That door has a glass for viewing the pendulum ball. The 8-day movement is running and operating both time dials. There are two large iron weights and a brass pendulum with wood stick. We probably have sold fewer than a half dozen No. 5 double dials over the years, of course none like this one, the last two originals brought over $10,000 plus the premium. Ly-Calendar #606; Ly-Seth Thomas, page 94. $7500-$9000.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No. 2 Regulator, Or Hanging Bank Clock”, ca 1874. The early regulators “O”, “1”, and “2”, were very similar in case design but the movements were different. The No. 2 case is made of walnut and is 48” high, glass port on the bottom, large finial on top. This clock is not perfect by any means but for its age it is still ticking. The paper dials certainly appear to be original but new ones are so readily available you can never tell for sure. The bottom paper dial has a tear repair and slightly darkened. The time dial is not as nice as the calendar dial, lots of repairs but the consignor chose to have original dials rather than new white dials. The upper movement is 8-day and powered by two long wafer type weights. The perpetual calendar movement was invented by Henry Horton, the founder of the Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. There is one door lock operated with the winding key. Present are all the accessory parts, the two original weights, brass pendulum bob, three hands, calendar rollers, ands both paper dials. Ly-Calendar #294. $1000-$1500.
“Welch, Spring & Co., Bristol, Conn.”, No. 2 Calendar, ca 1878. There is a two-weight time only movement in the top part of this double dial calendar clock. In the bottom is a B. B. Lewis mechanism regulating the month and date. In the center of the upper dial there is a hand that gives the days of the week. The rosewood veneered case is 36 inches tall, has door latches on both doors, original glasses, good veneer that is clean and polished, but there will be some small veneer nicks on the rounded bezels. The imperfections are hard to see unless you inspect closely. Top dial has been repainted, bottom appears to be original but with some discoloration. I believe all 5 hands are original, same with the pendulum bob and other parts of the clock. The two labels are pretty good considering they are 150 years old. The 8-day time only movement is powered by two round iron weights which we also believe are original to the clock, and it is running as intended. Ly-Welch, page 72. $600-$900.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Office Calendar No. 4”, ca 1863. Rosewood case is 28” high and in fair condition for its age. The dials are original but have some paint chips. Painting them would make the clock a whole lot nicer. I tell everyone I do not collect anymore but every time a ST calendar comes in I try to rationalize how I can keep it. Hands and door latch are correct, 8-day time only movement and calendar movement are original, upper movement is signed and both are operating properly. There is a near perfect black label on the door between the two original glasses. A pendulum and key are included. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 93; Ly-Calendar, page 249. $400-$600.
E. Ingraham Clock Co. “Western Union”, ca 1905. This early calendar clock is special because of the nice condition of the case. It has been cleaned of all smoke and goop and appears to have just come from the factory. Both glasses appear to be original and show a little bit of paint loss from the back, but hardly noticeable from the front. The near perfect oak case is 36” high, clean and polished. There are two door latches on the side. This excellent clock came to us from a retired zealous collector. The replaced paper dial is signed, it has correct hands, and original brass bob on a wood stick. The movement is 8-day, time and calendar, and it is running. There is no wear to the pivots or pivot holes, it was cleaned, oiled, and adjusted and is in excellent running condition. In fact it runs 10 days on a winding. When the case was cleaned the label was salvaged but not reattached to the back of the case. You can do that or keep it safely inside the case. The movement is marked, “E. Ingraham, Bristol, Ct. USA”. It is also marked “3 05”, meaning it was made March 1905.Ly-Ingraham, page 122. $200-$400.
“W. L. Gilbert Clock Company, Winsted, Conn.”, Octagon Drop Calendar, ca 1866. This early calendar clock has the Galusha Maranville patented calendar mechanism that has to be hand adjusted once each month. There are studs at the top and bottom of the dial for changing the month and day, then it is good for another month. The 8-day movement is running and striking a coil gong each hour. There is part of a label on the back and the inside of the case was wallpapered, now with a few chips. Inside are an old pendulum bob and key and the tiny round reverse painted glass in the bottom door. The dial(s) have been repainted. The rosewood veneered case is 23 ½ inches tall, very dark, probably never had the smoke removed but is polished and in excellent condition. All the various case parts appear to be original but I cannot vouch for the hands. Ly-Calendar, pages 80-81; Ly-Gilbert, page 72. $300-$500.
“Maranville Calendar Clock / Manufactured For / N. C. Hyde & Co. / By Gilbert Manufacturing Company, Winsted, Conn.”, copied from the complete label in this short drop rosewood case, ca 1881. This model is not shown in the Gilbert’s trade catalogs, because it was made special for Hyde and is slightly different from similar clocks Gilbert made to sell themselves. The case is 22 ½ inches tall, nice overall condition, clean and polished. You will no doubt find rough veneer in places on the octagon top. The dial was completely restored, has the correct hands and brass bezel. As you probably know the calendar dial must be changed monthly by a key at the top of the dial. Inside is a complete label, coil gong, brass pendulum, hinged door at the bottom with original painted glass. The Gilbert 8-day movement is running, striking the coil gong and operating the calendar dials. Ly-Gilbert, pages 72-73. $300-$500.