“Spencer, Hotchkiss, & Co. / Salem Bridge, (Naugatuck) Con.”, shelf clock in Empire case and 8-day “Salem Bridge” brass movement, ca 1830. This is a mahogany veneered triple decker case with a carved splat and paw feet, and half columns and full columns on the sides. It retains the original finish and all the carvings and other case parts are excellent with a very good patina. Some restoration and cleaning was apparently done. This case style was not the company’s more common case design and therefore rarer. The case is 33 ½ inches tall, has three glasses all of which appear original, two key locking doors but no key, with ivory escutcheons, and the usual edge nicks but the veneer as a whole is excellent with little if any repairs. I cannot find another sale of this model but some of their smaller model sold for $5000 or more. One with replaced glasses and no label sold for $2000. The label is complete, it has a very nice original wood dial, period hands, seconds dial and original hand, brass pendulum, iron bell, and of course the “Salem Bridge” 8-day brass movement. There are two large iron weights with this clock. The backboard is in three pieces, two hinged together, not an added feature, but original. Undoubtedly it is to access the movement from the back. $1000-$1500
“Birge & Fuller, Bristol, Conn.”, wagon spring in a steeple on frame case, “double candlestick” ca 1845. The brass movement is an 8-day “wagon spring”, time and gong strike. Mahogany veneered case is 26 inches tall and in almost perfect condition. It has no doubt been cleaned/polished for there is no crust or smoke anywhere. There is no damage visible on the four candles and there are no veneer repairs or any needed. The worst thing you will find if an edge nice no bigger than a pin head. The bottom glass is possibly a replacement and the top certainly appears original and has some minor paint loss. Old pendulum bob and wind key, original dial has good original paint, old hands but who knows for sure if original, and two original door latches. There is a really nice paper label. The movement is signed, “C Boardman / Bristol, Conn. / USA”. The J. Ives lever spring movement is original and complete with the old chain. I will not wind a wagon spring, sorry. I just guarantee it is complete and operational. Reference: “The Contributions of Joseph Ives to Connecticut Clock Technology 1810-1862”, page 234, by Kenneth Roberts. As you know this type clock has sold $5000 and up for years. They are still sought after for we get calls quite often from collectors seeking them. $1500-$2000.
“Spencer, Hotchkiss & Co. / Salem Bridge, Conn.”, ca 1840. Mahogany veneered column and cornice case is 33.5” high, in very nice original condition with very few veneer repairs or corner nicks. I see one small piece missing on top that was stained so it doesn’t show. It has four full turned columns, nice carved capitals, and a door lock, and escutcheon. The original painted wood dial is very nice and identical to dials shown with this model case in the reference books. The hands are correct, there is a complete paper label inside, an old pendulum bob, brass pulleys, a pair of very large iron weights, and a coil gong. The top and bottom glasses are original, and a replaced middle glass painted by Tom Moberg. The bottom glass/door was sold with this case three different ways, hinged, loose, or permanently fixed. This door is hinged. The movement is 8-day time and gong strike, a good Salem Bridge movement. Reference: NAWCC Bulletin Supplement #13, “Heman Clark And The Salem Bridge Shelf Clocks”. $900-$1200.
“Jeromes & Darrow, Bristol, Conn.”, reeded column, scroll top case, ca 1828. This case is identical to the ones produced by the firm of “Jerome, Thompson & Co.” two years previously. As far as anyone knows the Boardman groaner movement was the only movement Jerome used in the reeded column scroll top cases. The 30-hour wood groaner movement is running very strong and overall in excellent condition, strikes an iron bell on top of the case. Considering this clock is over 190 years old we will call the dial good for its age, movement, weights, pendulum and hands very nice. The label identifies the maker but otherwise is very sparse. The top glass is a replacement, middle glass was painted or touched up in 1980, the bottom is an obverse painted tin panel with small glass insert in the center so you can see the pendulum. The three finials are replacements. The mahogany veneered case is 37 inches high and considering its age and other problems previously mentioned it is a pretty nice case. Note the carved capitals on top of the pilasters. The scroll top is a well-made replacement. A very expensive clock if in very nice original condition. Reference: “Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock”, Second Edition, Revised; by Kenneth D. Roberts and Snowden Taylor, pages 180-184; and NAWCC Bulletin #15: “Rags to Riches to Rags”, the story of Chauncey Jerome by Chris H. Bailey. $500-$1000.
“Silas B. Terry, Plymouth, Conn.”, triple decker case with his unusual design round brass movement, ca 1831-1852. This mahogany veneered case is 38 inches high, basically in nice condition but needs a few little things, i.e. configure the dial a little better, tighten the splat to the case, and make some veneer repairs on the door. Actually the veneer is excellent as is all other parts of the case. There are returns on top, chimneys, caps and splat are good otherwise. The escutcheons on the doors are good, as are both locks, but no key. The top two glasses are replacements and the wood bottom is probably a replacement. The 8-day brass movement was a product of this company. It has a good wood dial, period hands, iron weights, pendulum and crank. The carved splat is very nice but no way to know if it is original to this case. The label is perfect, on the very bottom of the case is a label of instruction, some of it is missing. This is a nice clock and it is in running condition. $500-$1000.
“Hills, Goodrich & Co. Plainville, Conn.”, 8-day ogee clock with gold columns, ca 1840. This clock was originally made by Joseph Ives and his son Porteous. In 1841 they were bought out by Hills & Goodrich and they continued to make the Ives clock. The history of this company was a little fuzzy. In one research article it said Porteous was a partner of the firm and in another it said Joseph Ives was one of the partners. The mahogany veneered case is 31 inches tall and in excellent condition. Both upper glass and mirror are long ago replacements. The label is near perfect, dial may also be an old repaint, now with some edge nicks. The 8-day movement is one I cannot find information about. It was no doubt an Ives invention and is certainly very different. It is powered by two large iron weights. The prominent attraction to this clock is of course the gold covered columns and gold ornament at the top. The clock is different and rare, no doubt being the reason so many collectors are attracted to it. $500-$1000.
“Birge & Fuller / Bristol Conn / U S A”, large column and cornice, or Empire style clock, ca 1843. These two men were in business until the death of Mr. Fuller in 1848. This clock has their revised 8-day strap brass movement without the side extension. The large mahogany veneered case is 34” high. Generally, the veneer is very good, however, there are a few veneer repairs and a few chips on the bottom board, and the usual edge tics. Considering the age of the clock the veneer is very nice, but if I did not mention the tiny chips some kind person would call it to my attention. The bottom painted tablet is a good replacement; the top glass is a replacement, and the middle glass is an old painted glass but I would not bet the farm on it being original to this case. There is practically a complete paper label on the backboard, the wood dial is original and has some small speckled paint chips, there are old hands, two original door latches, a pair of large iron weights, and a period pendulum bob. $300-$500.
“Eli Terry, Jun’r / Plymouth, Conn.”, column and splat shelf clock, ca 1831-1835. Backboard label is near complete and reads, “Patent / Eight-Day Clocks, / Invented By / Eli Terry / Made and Sold/ At / Plymouth, Connecticut, / By / Eli Terry, Jun’r”. This is a 30-hour weight clock, wood movement, in a small 24-inch-high mahogany veneered case. It is in operating condition and has the original wood movement. A large brass bell is below the movement. The rosewood veneered case is near perfect, top glass is old, bottom is a replaced painting by Tom Moberg. The case has half columns and a splat, all with very good stenciling. Excellent wood dial with good paint, no chips or cracks. There is a working door lock with escutcheon and a key. Identical clocks are pictured and described in the book, “Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock”, Second Edition Revised, by Kenneth D. Roberts and Snowden Taylor. $200-$350.
“Samuel Terry, Plymouth, Conn.” pillar and scroll clock, ca 1828-1835. He previously was in a partnership with his brother Eli to make pillar & scroll clocks, Eli provided the facility and Samuel actually manufactured the clocks. This is a nice-looking restored clock and considering it is nearing 200 years old it is a good collectable display item. It has a very fine paper label, original iron bell, pair of iron 30-hour weights, and what I believe to be the original 30-hour wood movement. It was running when we removed it from the collector’s home but I recommend you check the cords and wheels before hanging the weights. Large and excellent wood dial, old hands, pendulum and key. The mahogany veneered case is 31” high to the top of the brass finial. The case is not without repairs. We almost never see a wood clock this old that has not had repairs. There have been repairs to the broken scrolls, the brass finials are replacements, as are both glasses. Good door lock with key, and ivory escutcheon. A better-looking clock than I have portrayed and Samuel Terry is a fairly low key clockmaker. We don’t get many with his label. $350-$500.
“Eli Terry & Sons, / Plymouth, Conn.”, copied from the complete label in this early pillar and scroll, ca 1823. Eli Terry invented this movement and ST and other clock makers used the movement. This mahogany veneered case is 31 inches tall to the finial tips. As is most often the case the brass finials are replacements. The door has a lock and key and an ivory escutcheon. Glasses have very good putty but the bottom tablet is a good replacement. Very good complete label, period brass bob, iron weights, iron bell, excellent wood dial, and hands. The movement is correct and complete. I do not hang weights in wood movement clocks but the previous owner was running it just before it came to me. The veneer is very good and if repairs were made they were well done. The top and base are original, scroll tips reglued where broken and a tip of the base trim is chipped. All in all a very nice pillar and scroll, at a price you would normally pay just for the movement. $400-$600.