Wm. Gilbert “Office Drop Calendar”, 1881. The dark walnut case is 34.5 inches high with walnut burl on the wood bezel and all the necessary adornments, top, sides, and bottom. The wood is dark but not so dark that it needs refinishing; Kotton Klenser maybe if you really felt industrious. The burl veneer on the bezel shows some chipping and wear. The dial is 15 inches across and shows some soiling, staining, and wear; it seems to be a glossy (possibly lacquered?) paper over a zinc pan. The two calendar dials that rotate behind the time dial are also paper over metal and further backed by cardboard and show wear, but the days and months are quite readable. You rotate the weekday and month calendar dials by inserting a pencil tip or pin in one of the small holes in the dial at the month opening and rotating by hand. Only the red calendar hand moves with the movement. The hands are correct but new, the calendar hand old. The dial glass is new, the lower glass old, with a nice painted pattern. The unsigned time-only 8-day movement is dirty but running and keeping time, and the calendar is advancing; there is a solder repair to the crutch. They also made this in a time-and-strike model (see Ly, Gilbert Clocks, page 85). There is a good label inside, but it is showing losses and should be protected behind plastic. This is one of the prettiest calendar clocks made by any manufacturer and you don’t see too many in better condition than this. We sold one a year ago for $1176. $900-$1200.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 6”, ca. 1877. The No. 6 Fashion is distinguished by its painted black dials with gold lettering, nickel-plated “Fashion” hands, and a long-drop damascened pendulum. This clock meets all the criteria except the clock hands, which are not Fashion hands and are not nickel plated; they are Seth Thomas black hands sanded down to the steel finish. The calendar hand appears to be correct. The signed Seth Thomas movement is mounted on an iron frame; the wire gong is dated, and the dials have the correct and expected patent dates and labeling “Made by Seth Thomas Clock Co”. The solid walnut case is in excellent shape, with good replacement finials. The door glass is replaced and the Fashion stencil repainted. There is a nice Southern Calendar Clock Co label on the back. The clock is running, keeping time, striking on cue, and the calendar is advancing. We sold a No. 6 last January for $3380, but it was practically perfect; one in lesser condition sold in May 2016 for $3085. $1800-$3000.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 5”, ca. 1879. The expression you see often on eBay is “barn-fresh” to indicate a clock that has sat untouched for decades. This clock qualifies, I think. The finish is crusty and the interior is dusty. We had to vacuum the back of the dials of zinc dust. The calendar rollers hold what must be the original paper covers; one is held on with thread. Both painted dials are faded and flaking. The end of the Fashion minute hand is missing; the finials are missing most of their spires. The base is loose and needs to be re-glued to the case. But, remarkably, the movement is running, striking, and keeping time. The calendar is not advancing so some adjustment is needed, but it can be advanced by hand. The Seth Thomas movement is signed and stamped “Made for the Southern Calendar Clock Co, St Louis MO” with the word “solely” stamped into the brass as a late add-on. It strikes on a nickel bell as big as your fist. The long-drop pendulum has a nickel Seth Thomas bob, nicely damascened. There is a black instruction label on the calendar door. The glass is original, as is the stenciled “Fashion” lettering. As a bonus, we’ll include a set of unfinished new finials. You’ve got you work cut out for you with this one if you want it restored to its lost splendor. Everything but the Fashion minute hand is there. We sold a No. 5 last July for $1675. $1500-$1800.
Seth Thomas Office Calendar No. 13, ca. 1890. An original issue, 49-inch double-dial calendar clock in refinished oak, repainted original dials, original hands, old glass in the door, and recovered calendar rollers. The time-only, 8-day, unsigned weight-driven movement is running, keeping time and the calendar date and day indicators are advancing. The damascened brass pendulum bob and stick are original; the gold-painted weight is correct. The case is about perfect. The only thing I can find to complain about is the calendar dial, which could have been numbered a bit more sharply. You won’t notice that unless you press your nose to the glass. Big, heavy, and impressive. We sold an original oak No. 13 in January of 2015 for $3000; Schmitt’s sold a refinished oak original in 2008 for $4750. $2000-$3000.
Waterbury “Drop Octagon Gilt” calendar, 1880’s. A 21-inch case with rosewood veneer, missing in a few places and in need of polish. The gilt trim is still evident around the inside edges, top and bottom. Original lower glass, not sure about the dial glass. Dial is very old paper, signed, with logo; hands likely replacements. Signed 8-day time and calendar movement, no strike; it wants to run but can’t quite do it. May just need the spring unwound and rewound to loosen it up. Old Waterbury pendulum bob and a good black label inside. $50-$125.
Seth Thomas “Parlor Calendar No. 6”, 1896. A walnut case in its original finish I think, judging by the decades of wax and grime on the surface. Some chipping to the veneer on the front door, most noticeable on the upper left; the chips are very thin and could probably be covered quite adequately with a little carefully applied stain. There is also a noticeable gap in the wood bezels where each circular piece is joined; they could be squeezed together if you wanted to make the effort. The entire case needs a good degunking with Kotton Klenser (unless you like the aged look!). Both dials are in their original paint, with no chipping and minimal soiling/wear. The dial glasses are also original; indeed, everything appears original except the dial board, which may have been replaced. The signed movement, 8 days, time and strike, is running and striking on cue; the calendar is advancing. The date is stamped on the backboard (May 1896) and there are labels inside in good shape. This clock came from a judge’s family in Floyd County Kentucky; the year 1931 is written in pencil on the calendar dial. There is a business card inside from a long-gone jeweler in Lexington. It stands 27.25 inches tall. This model hasn’t come up for sale on eBay or in our catalog in the last 5 years; Schmitt’s sold one with a replacement center finial for $600 in 2016 and for $500 in 2015. $350-$500.