Lenzkirch, Germany, shelf clock in the Neuchatel style, ca 1878. The Neuchatel style means it was made like the clocks that were made in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Many companies copied that style which was a very popular style of mantel clocks. Our clock is 20 ½ inches high, case made with burl walnut veneered with a large number of cast ornaments with gold gilt prevailing. The gold is bright, no doubt original but well maintained or cleaned occasionally without removing the gilt. The clock is in excellent condition and certainly an eye catcher. The white enamel dial and hands are perfect and there is a bowed glass in the sash. On the back is a hinged door with cloth covering over a brass screen. The 8-day movement is signed by Lenzkirsch and has a serial number #306280. The movement was recently cleaned and serviced and is running and striking properly. The nickel bell and brass pendulum are the correct style for this clock. This is an uncommon model and a very attractive one. We found an identical clock sold recently at an east coast auction for well over $1000. $750-$1000.
French brass cased carriage clock, ca 1870, time, strike, repeat, and alarm in a finely engraved case with center seconds hand. The alarm hand is off, now taped to the top glass. The 6 ¾ inch high case is loose. I am guessing one or more new beveled glasses were installed and case was not tightened by screws underneath the base. Neither the dial nor 8-day movement is signed. The movement is sluggish, runs a bit and stops. All five beveled glasses are perfect, top of case is full beveled glass. The hinged back door is not tight, probably because case not tightened from underneath. $750-$1000.
French bronze clock with Napoleon and his horse on top, ca 1880. The bronze case is 16 inches tall and 11 inches wide, decorated with cast bronze adornments all around the case. The one-piece porcelain dial has small chips at 4 and 12 o’clock and hairlines around. The backside of the clock is just as attractive as the front. Napoleon has a long sword on his side and there is a bowed and beveled glass in a hinged sash, covering the movement opening. The 8-day movement is signed two places, “Japy Freres” and another place, something “Paris”. The movement is running and striking half hours and hours on a nickeled bell. There are floppy chain reins, and movable stirrups that he has his feet in. The gilt or bronze is bright but would be much brighter if the black were cleaned off the metal. Nice collectable French clock. $750-$1000.
Gubelin, Lucerne, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fine watches and jewelry since the mid 1800’s, and they also retailed clocks, many made by other Swiss manufacturers. This clock on a shelf is such a product. The painted wood case is covered with brass, has a key locking glass door in front and a latching door in back. The dial, movement, pendulum, and case are all signed by Gubelin. The clock is 18 inches but on the shelf together they are 25 inches high. The dial is comprised of large porcelain cartouche numerals, porcelain inner dial, and original hands. Interesting that the pendulum is also signed by Gubelin. The clock is running and striking on a bell. $750-$1000.
Lenzkirsch, Germany, shelf clock in the Neuchatel style, ca 1878. This clock is similar in many ways to #137. The case is 18 ½ inches high and I will call it burl walnut veneer but to be honest there is some graining that is different than any I have ever seen. This case has a lot of cast ornaments all over, with gold gilt or similar finish on the ornaments. There is a convex glass in the brass sash, large porcelain dial with Roman numerals for hours and Arabic numbers for minutes. One little dial chip at the bottom. There is a door on the back like #137, cloth over brass mesh, allowing the chime sounds to better escape. The 8-day movement has been serviced and is running and striking a standing gong. The movement is signed by Lenzkirsch and bears the serial #292716. As stated at #137 this style and this size shelf clock sell well over $1000 at east coast live auctions. $600-$900.
“Bolviller a Paris”, signed on the porcelain dial and movement of this unusual and early brass carriage clock, ca 1848-1858. Bolviller had some connection with Japy Freres in the early clockmaking years. Brass case is 7 inches high with gilt castings and heavily engraved back door and dial plate. Both the front and back doors are hinged, with original pull knobs. Back door also has a movable plate inside the door accessible from the outside allowing access to winding arbors and hand set, without opening the door. The 8-day movement runs and strikes. Strikes one time on both half hours and hours. Most unusual and probably earliest of any of the rare carriage clocks we have sold. $2000-$2500.