HORTON'S ANTIQUE CLOCKS                             JULY 2019

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19.           $500

“Dungan & Klump, 1208 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Penn.”, Dickory Dickory Dock mouse clock, ca 1912. We have sold a half dozen or so of these rare and original mouse clocks, most being their Models 1 or II models. This one is their number IV model, smaller at 35 inches and a different top and base. The principal is the same, the mouse runs up the clock until it reaches I o’clock, then falls to the bottom. It uses a Sessions 8-day pendulum movement, strikes a cup bell on each hour. The case is made of oak with a mission finish and hangs on the wall. The gilding on the front is worn, however all the printing on the front can be read. The label is good which is a plus considering it is on the back of the case. This is not a toy even though it was originally made by Elmer Dungan for his daughter Emily, and the nursery rhyme was imprinted on the front of the clock. “Dickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the clock struck one, the mouse fell down, Dickory, Dickory, Dock.”. Although the clock was a failure in its day and ended its illustrious career being a giveaway item by Philadelphia newspapers, today it is eagerly sought by collectors of novelty clocks. In the summer of 1966 the NAWCC printed a Supplement to the Bulletin, “Elmer Ellsworth Dungan and the Dickory, Dickory, Dock Clock”. If you are interested in the mouse clock you must read the booklet. In my early auctions this clock sold for $2500.

 

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