“Patent Clocks, Invented By / Eli Terry / Made and Sold at, / Plymouth, Connecticut / by /Seth Thomas.”. This is an early 30-hour stenciled quarter column and splat mantel clock, ca 1830. It is a very nice-looking clock, has good veneer as all of this collectors clocks has. The putty around the top glass is not original, and the bottom mirror is old but who knows if either glass is original to the case. Perhaps they removed both to refinish the case. The entire label remains on the backboard. The 35-inch-high mahogany veneered case is complete and the stenciled columns and stenciled splat are all very good. The wood dial is very nice but has had 2-3 chips painted over and hands are period. The 30-hour wood movement is operable but you should check the cords before hanging the pair of early iron weights. It has a new brass bob, old winding crank, door lock, key, and ivory escutcheon.
“Munger & Benedict / Auburn, N.Y.”, Ironing Board top shelf clock, ca 1833. Munger made high grade 8-day brass movement clocks using prison labor at the Auburn State Prison. Clocks were numbered probably for accounting reasons for they had a 3-year contract with the New York Prison System. Numbers from 203 up to 2877 have been reported. This triple decker case is 39” tall, has differing shades and grains of veneer, ironing board top and carved half columns. It has been cleaned and polished, patched and repaired as needed and presently needs a couple of small veneer repairs. There are the usual nicks and bruises on the corners and edges but hardly noticeable. There is a mirror in the bottom door that is no doubt a replacement. We have seen doors with two glasses and some with one glass. Upper glass has reverse painted designs and it is a replacement glass. The entire backboard is covered with wallpaper. Two sets of wood pulleys, compounded at the top to hold the large and heavy iron weights. There is a nice complete paper label inside. The painted dial is in good condition and holding the paint. Brass movement runs 8-days and strikes a bell mounted above the movement. The hands and the flying eagle pendulum are original. Munger was only active in the business from May thru November 1833 when this clock was made. He turned over the business to Hotchkiss & Benedict who made clocks in Munger’s name until 1837. This style clock used to sell between $3000 and $4000 at auction. $1000-$1250.
Munger & Benedict, Auburn, NY, 8-day, time and strike, ironing board top, carved column shelf clock, ca 1833. The mahogany veneered case is 38 inches tall, the case is clean and polished, no veneer repairs stand out, only some scuff marks from hauling but polish will cover those. The mirror looks to be old but the painted top glass is probably a replacement. The dial is too nice to have not been repainted and the hands and weights are probably replacements. The ironing board top has some painted trim around the front edge and the carved half columns are very nice. This clock is not as nice as #154, hence the lower minimum but it is as nice looking but the replaced parts brings it down a notch. The wall paper backing that covers the case inside is still very nice, the eagle pendulum, complete label, and the 8-day movement are all correct. It is running and striking on a bell. $1000-$1250.
“Chauncey Ives / Bristol, Connecticut”, pillar and scroll clock, ca 1824. 30-hour time and strike weight driven wood movement strikes on an iron bell each hour. The clock has been serviced and is in running condition. It has old iron weights, old pendulum bob and hands. The wood dial is excellent. Inside the case is practically a complete and very large paper label. The door has had some work done on the wood frame and both glasses are new. The mahogany case is 30 ½ inches to the top of the modern brass finials. The scrolls and base are new. On top there are period metal covers over the wood rollers. $300-$500.
“Forestville Manufacturing Co. / J. C. Brown, Forestville, Conn.”, reverse OG clock, painted and decorated with Mother of Pearl, ca 1850. The small wood case is 17 ½ inches high, painted black, decorated with gold painted designs, a few red flowers, and inlaid Mother of Pearl. A few small pieces of pearl are missing around the edges. There should be 3 pieces between the glasses, two are missing. I have some thin pieces of pearl you could cut and paste to make it like original if you are of a mind to restore it and will remind after buying the clock. The gold paint is surprisingly good considering the clocks age. The glasses and dial are original. It has the standard Brown pearl door knob, the signature is good on the dial, the coil gong is original and the label is about 75-85% intact. The movement is 8-day, original and large for this size case, and is clean and running. It is signed by Brown. The last one we sold went for $1800. I know the consignor paid well over $2000 for this clock. I have not seen a handful in 45 years of selling. $1250-$1500.
Foster Campos, Pembroke, Mass. Mr. Campos was a well known and respected maker of of early American shelf clocks. His reproductions were some of the finest Mass. shelf clocks made since the early 1800’s. This clock is sometimes called a Brides clock, no doubt because of the off white painted wood case with gold decorations around the signed Tom Moberg painted glasses. The top finial and the four round feet are also painted gold. The wood case is 35 inches high and 13 inches wide. The 8-day movement and the case are signed. Painted on the upper glass is, “Foster S. Campos / Pembroke, Mass.”. The painted dial is dished and has hand made hands. The original pendulum, weight, and crank are included. The 8-day weight driven movement with passing strike on the hour is in fine running condition. The clock is in outstanding original condition. These reproduction Aaron Willard type shelf clocks regularly sell at the east coast live auctions from $3000 to $4000. Even the cheaper versions sell up to $2000.
Smith & Goodrich, Bristol, Conn. RARE steeple clock without cones and finials, ca 1845. The excellent rosewood veneered case is 20” tall, clean and is all original. If there are veneer repairs they are so well done I cannot see them. There is a near complete blue paper label inside, dark but legible. The original Fenn glass features a pair of birds at a water fountain. The dial is signed, “Smith & Goodrich /Bristol, Ct. U.S.”, and has the original paint. The only paint loss on the dial is a little bit around the time side winding arbor. The 30-hour brass movement is fusee, time and strike, and in operating condition. This is a very rare clock and only a handful known to exist. We noticed that an identical clock sold at Bob Schmitt’s auction in October 2004 for $5150. In our last sale of this model the clock went for $1750 and it had a replaced dial and other small problems. $1000-$1500.