HORTON'S ANTIQUE CLOCKS JULY 2019
W E Haines & Sons Cigar Store Advertiser “Remus”, ca. 1925. Holy mackerel, this guy is BIG. With the topmost piece it takes 76 inches of vertical space and is 50 inches wide. If it had a propeller it could fly. As shown in one photo, you can slide out the topmost piece and then the clock is a more reasonable 65 inches tall and looks just as good. The 42-inch clock itself appears to be a Seth Thomas, most similar but not identical to a Queen Anne. The unsigned movement is a double-wind time-only (15 or 30-day?) mounted on an iron base, again suggesting Seth Thomas or Ansonia. The dial and hands are replacements and it lacks a bezel. The dial has been repainted and antiqued; both glasses are newer. It is running and keeping time. This clock is ‘all in’ on Old Rome Cigars, with pictures of the Roman mythological figure Remus who, with his twin brother Romulus, cofounded Rome around 750 BC. As is told, Romulus killed Remus in a dispute over on which of the 7 hills to build Rome. So much for brotherhood. The advertising on this clock is, like Remus, bold and heroic – “Rule your world! Smoke Old Rome cigars”. There are five cigars on the topper, four of which have the unusual characteristic of being lit, with ash on one end. One thing that strikes me about all these cigar brands is that, no matter what, they are always 5 cents. Makes you think they are all made with the same tobacco… $3000-$5000.
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W E Haines Cigar Advertiser clocks
W.E. Haines was a tobacco distributor working out of Abbottstown PA in the early 1900’s. To promote his cigar sales, he created and distributed clocks that he had modified with cigar advertising. It is not clear if he sold these clocks or gave them to his best customers as promotional items; perhaps both. All have a label on the back with his business name and the destination of the clock. He used a variety of contemporary clocks, apparently whatever he could obtain and modify. Virtually all were hanging clocks, some quite tall. Most were distributed to the Midwest, especially Kansas, but they were also sent to stores in Chicago and New York. These clocks were accumulated, presumably in the early 1960’s as the stores closed or were remodeled, by a contractor for a tobacco company and stored on his farm. His family with Greg Arey had the clocks restored after his death in 2005; some of you may know Greg from his association with the Kansas City chapter of NAWCC, where he has shown some of these clocks in the past. Greg recently released 43 of these rare, one-of-a-kind clocks for sale through Showtime Auctions and we were able to purchase five; they are listed at the price we paid for them (hammer + commission). You can see all the clocks that were sold at Showtime here. All clocks have been cleaned and restored as necessary; all are running. They can be disassembled for ease of shipping or transport. We hope you like them!