“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 ˝ 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. $200-$300.
“Seth Thomas, Plymouth, Conn. U.S.A.”, signed on the 30 hour weight movement. “Seth Thomas, Thomaston, Conn.” on the complete paper label. This is a pretty rare clock because it is a crossover from Plymouth to Thomaston made just after the Civil War, ca 1866. It is 25 inches tall with shell columns and gilt caps. It has some minor veneer problems on the base and top, mirror is a replacement, and dial has been cleaned and paint enhanced. All that aside it is a nice looking very early clock. Complete with old key and pendulum. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 521-523. $50-$100.
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. Probably not that much down here in mid America.
N. Munroe “Massachusetts Shelf Clock”, ca. 1810. Nathaniel Munroe was the middle brother to Daniel and William, all of whom started out in Concord MA. Daniel apprenticed to Simon Willard while Nathaniel, a year younger, apprenticed to Abel Hutchins. Nathaniel and Daniel worked together until 1807; Younger brother William was probably the cabinetmaker. Nathanial continued in Concord until 1817, when he moved to Baltimore. This mahogany cabinet is 28.5 inches high, excluding the brass eagle finial and fretwork. The base has a satinwood inlay with crotch mahogany veneer inside and grained mahogany veneer surrounding; the sides are also veneered in flame mahogany, as are the front and sides of the hood. Remarkably, the glass in the hood door is old, bubbled, and appears to have never been replaced. Is that possible?! The metal dial and surround have been repainted, with the dial signed “N Munroe”. No artist signature is evident. The brass time-only movement is pinned to the dial and mounted on a seatboard, and we did not remove it. There is an old lead weight suspended on catgut with a brass pulley; the pendulum hangs behind it. The clock is running easily and keeping time, 7-day. We looked long and hard for evidence of recent modifications or replacements but could find none. Every piece of wood on this case is very old, even the fretwork on top. We were fortunate to get this clock; you can be too. There are no sales of N. Munroe clocks in the Antique Clocks Price Guide and indeed, very few original examples, but Massachusetts shelf clocks sell for $5000 and up when in original condition. You can see a very similar shelf clock from N. Munroe in the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, as shown in Distin & Bishop’s The American Clock on page 99.
Seth Thomas “Round Band”, 1863-1913. An enduring model from Seth Thomas, a miniature O.G. clock just under 17 inches tall. They made them in both 8-day and 30-hour; this is a 30-hour time-and-strike. The case is a bit crusty but the veneer is mostly intact. Both glasses are old, the lower glass with a nice reverse image of two putti’s with only slight losses. The metal dial has been repainted, with ST hands. The lyre movement is signed and from Plymouth Hollow; the label says Thomaston, so this clock was likely made shortly after 1865. It is running vigorously and striking on cue. $50-$125.