Terry Clock Co. “Eight Day Time Calendar”, 1867-1880. This iron clock came in any color you wanted as long the color you wanted was black, with or without gilt decoration. The gilding is still evident on this case, with original paint. It stands 11 inches high. The bezel and paper dial are old, the glass was replaced some time ago, the calendar hand is correct and the time hands are new and as illustrated in the Terry Clock Co. catalog. The is a very nice label on the back. The 8-day signed movement is running, keeping time, and the calendar is advancing. A similar example sold at Schmitt’s in 2009 for $270. $150-$250.
Terry Clock Co. “Eight Day Time Calendar” and “Eight Day Time”, 1867-1880. Two iron-case clocks, both 8-day clocks, one with a calendar. These have been repainted and redecorated by hand. The smaller, 8-day time-only is 8.75 inches tall; the calendar clock is 11 inches high. Both have old paper dials and old glasses; the hands are period but the calendar hand is not correct. Both are running and keeping time. Good labels on the back. The pendulum bob on the calendar clock is improvised. $125-$200.
Ithaca “Index”, ca. 1875. There are several versions of the “Index”, this being the most common. They differ in the top piece. The walnut case is 31.5 inches high, clean and unmarred. There are carved incisings on the door and dial boards. The calendar dial indicates that it was made for Lynch Brothers, who I believe were clock retailers; the time dial is new. The glass is original but the Index lettering is worn. The unsigned 8-day movement is running, keeping time, striking the hours on a large nickel bell, and the calendar is advancing. Three sales over the last 3 years on eBay averaging $1700; Schmitt’s sold a very similar condition model in 2011 for $2300. $1000-$1400.
Ellis Clock Co. Calendar OG, ca. 1880’s. From the Department of Unknown Clock Companies, here is one by the Ellis Clock Co. No location is given on the label, and no listings can be found in the Antique Clocks Price Guide. The movement is unsigned, but looks to be original to the case as there are no additional mounting holes. The Spittlers and Bailey (American Clocks, American Clockmakers and Watchmakers, Vol. 3) list the Ellis Clock Co. but provide no information other than “No town. Ca. 1880’s, OG calendar clock with Gilbert spring movement.” The standard OG case, designed for a weight-driven movement, is 26 inches high and enhanced by the gold trim inside the outside border; the veneer appears to be rosewood, but there is a dark stain and finish on the sides and parts of the front. Both glasses are old, probably original, and the tablet is unusual in design. The paper dial is soiled, the hands old and probably original. The pendulum is Gilbert style, but as noted, the movement is not signed. It is running and striking on a wire gong on schedule and the calendar hand is advancing. This clock came from a Southern collector of very fine clocks who specialized in original and uncommon clocks. $150-$200.
E. Ingraham Clock Co. calendar clock, “Drop Octagon”, ca 1915. This is their 12-inch model that has pressed designs around the top and bottom, “Regulator” painted on the bottom glass, and an 8-day time and calendar movement. The solid oak case is 25 inches tall and completely covered with 100 years of accumulated residue. It has never been cleaned and sure needs to be. Admittedly it looks good from a few feet away but up close it appears covered with scum, like it hung in a restaurant kitchen or worse. It is all original and has a label on the back and is running. Ly-Ingraham #276. $50-$100.
Sessions Clock Company calendar clock, “Crescent No.15”, ca 1915. The clock companies called this style clock a “Regulator”. Modern day clock people call them “Store Regulators” or “Shop Clocks” because they usually hung in stores or shops. This particular model was a top of the line clock for Sessions, note all the designs around the case edge, the special designs on the top and base, and a more decorative pendulum. The 8-day movement is time only and also powers the calendar action. The label on the back says this clock is the “Regulator E” model. It definitely is not. I have learned a few things over the years but one thing is, they used whatever parts were handy as the clock went up the assembly line. This clock is all original and has only one flaw, a small wood piece is chipped of on the very bottom, right side. Ly-Sessions, #90. $150-$300.