Waterbury Clock Company “Calendar No.32”, ca 1891. Unusual oak case is 38” high, spindles top and bottom, etched designs, and applied wood ornaments all over. I have not sold this model before for it is a rare model. The finish is very nice, perhaps rubbed a little or polished occasionally for there is very little build up of smoke, etc. This clock hung in a jeweler’s shop for many years and his advertising is still there, “C. L. Birchard, Jeweler, Cambridgeboro, PA.” The glass and dials appear to be original. The top ornament was replaced. They did a very good job of making the copy. In the case bottom is a signed porcelain beat scale, and it has the correct pendulum bob and dial rings. All hands are right, and there are labels everywhere on the back of the case. The movement is 8-day, time and strike, and all parts are functioning properly. Ly-Waterbury, page 111. The clock has always had a high book value, $2500 and more, probably because it is so rare. $750-$1000.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. St. Louis, Mo., “Fashion No. 4”, ca 1880. Walnut case is 32” high, dark but retains the original finish. It has been restored, in that the dials have been repainted black, paper calendar rolls replaced to black, and the finials are glued in so I cannot evaluate them. The walnut finials are exactly like the originals. The running and calendar movements are operating properly, and inside is the original black and gold label of instructions and the white label telling you not to oil the calendar movement. The brass pendulum and wood stick look like what you would see on a No.4 but it is a little too large. It looks fine, runs as it should, and no one but you will know the difference. You should have a brass pendulum that is 2 5/8 inches in diameter. Large brass bell is clean and bright, has correct hands, and it has nice nickeled dial rings. The etched designs on the dial board retains all of the original gilt, the tablet is excellent, and as usual I was disappointed when I looked in the secret compartment, there was nothing there. Overall a very good example of this model. The previous collector had the clock restored to look like the No.6 black dial models. Like him, if you have always wanted a black dial Fashion but did not want to pay $4000, this is an ideal substitute. I have had it in my office for some time and no one knows the difference. Ly-Calendar, page 286; also in the Ly-Seth Thomas book. $1250-$1500.
Seth Thomas / Plymouth Hollow, Conn., “8-day Parlor Calendar”, ca 1863. One of three early perpetual calendar models produced by Seth Thomas. They purchased the patent rights to this movement in 1862 and used the calendar movement in a shelf clock they were selling the same year, named simply, “Parlor”. You could buy the clock with or without a calendar. The 30.5” rosewood cases were designed with two large columns on the side, one door, and three glasses. This case has two very good labels and a key locking door. The door is beveled all around and the trim around all three glasses is beveled. Every part of the case is slanted and angled making a very attractive design. The running movement is 8-day, lyre shaped, signed, and running with two large iron weights that appear to also go with their earlier shelf clocks. Original dials, the top has some flaking. The calendar movement, roller papers, pendulum, coil gong, and hands, all are original or period. The center painted glass is excellent and original. Overall in good condition and a good example of their earliest calendar clocks. Ly-Calendar, page 258. $750-$1000.
Ansonia Brass And Copper Co. “Drop Extra Calendar”, with “Terry’s Patent / Improved Calendar”, ca 1883. The original painted dial is signed, “Terry’s Patent / Manufactured By The / Ansonia Brass & Copper Co. / Ansonia, / Conn.”. Rosewood veneered case is 26” tall, good veneer al over, does not look like it was ever cleaned and has the original finials, latches and knobs. The only tiny flaw I see is a missing piece on the very bottom about 1” by 2”. You cannot see that it is missing unless you are underneath the clock, but nonetheless, it is gone. Come to think of it I think they are gone from every one I have seen. Everything about the clock is original and shows only normal wear. The calendar has minor flaking on the bottom of the dial, but otherwise the clock looks good. The three hands, two calendar dials, both glasses, both movements, and the brass bob, are all correct and original. The 8-day movement is running and striking on a coil gong. Ly-Ansonia, pages 68-71. $750-$1000.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Parlor Calendar No. 5”, ca 1886. Extremely clean and polished walnut case, standing 20” high. Door locking knob on the door, deceiving because there is another knob that serves no purpose on the other side of the door. It has two original glasses, pendulum, and winding key. Two correct hands over the original zinc time dial, and an original calendar hand on the original bottom dial. You can read the ST logo, patent dates, and other inscriptions on the dials, they are not faded and not dirty. The numerals on the upper dial are bold as are the numbers on the lower dial. Large 8-day brass movement is signed, clean, and running. It strikes hours on a shining brass bell. The only label is on the backboard inside, the same place I have always seen the label on the No.5 double dials. Ly-Calendar #632. $500-$750.
Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. “No.5 ˝ Hanging Belgrade”, ca 1880. Eight-day, double spring, time and strike, brass movement. Walnut case is 37” high, clean and polished, right off the living room wall. It has replaced paper dials which is very common on the Ithaca clocks in view of the fact they are readily available, easy to replace, and makes your already elegant clock, look that much nicer. The case has the original finish, very good gold in the overabundance of incised designs that reach top to bottom of the case. Apparently, the calendar rolls were replaced when the paper dials were changed. The hands, movements, pendulum, backboard, and all case hardware are original and have been well maintained. This is another hard to find Ithaca Hanging model, and even more difficult to find in this condition. Ly-Calendar, page 139. We cannot find a recorded auction sale of this model in recent times. I notice we sold one a few years ago for over $8000 but it was black dial and had a 30-day movement. $5000-$7500.