French 4-column Empire clock, ca 1890. “F.A.E.que / E. Chatelain / Horlogeries”, stamped on the 8-day movement plate, which would date the clock around 1890. Brown (walnut color) wood case is 16.5” tall, has inlaid designs on the front and on the base below the pendulum. The inlays are perfect. There are ripple like moldings around the top and base. The case is clean and should need no case work. There is a very nice cast bronze sash around the one piece porcelain dial. The dial is good with very faint hairlines. The dial is signed but I cannot make it out. Original French hands and a replaced, proper type pendulum. Four turned columns with bronze capitals and bases. A very attractive clock that runs and strikes a bell on the hours and half hours. $300-$500.
French Industrial Series clock, copied from originals made in the 1800’s. The French companies produced several different styles of the Windmill and they are still popular today. The windmill blades wind different from the clock movement. The movement that drives the windmill is inside the door at the base. You open that door to wind the windmill blades. The case is metal, some parts silver plated, some brass, and some painted brown. Like the French originals this one has a thermometer on each side and a barometer above the clock dial. It has an 8-day time only clock movement. It is 20 inches tall to the top of the weathervane. If you are like me and drool over the French Industrial Series clocks but would never fork over the money for one, you will enjoy this windmill and its very reasonable minimum price. $400-$550.
German RA with an 8-day time only unsigned movement. The unusual case is 31 inches tall without two missing finials on the top. The front of the case has unusual carvings and decorations on each side of the door and on top. The long pendulum is original and the “RA” porcelain part of the pendulum is excellent. Also, the porcelain dial is perfect and it has original hands. The movement is held to a metal backboard bracket with thumb screws. The clock is running. Over all a very nice clock that you won’t have to stop when company spends the night. $500-$750.
German Zappler repro shelf clock made in the 50’s-60’s. It has a sheet brass case front with nickeled Roman numeral dial, original hands and pendulum swinging in front of the dial. The case is 10 inches high, has an 8-day time only movement encased in wood box on the back. It has been serviced and running strong. Brass front apparently never cleaned, dial looks like it may have been cleaned. Arabic five-minute markers around the edge of the dial. Our research found some original early Zapplers as early as 1810, most around 1850 and selling for $500 and much more. $250-$350.
“Princeps New System Electrical / Made by The Telephone Mfg. Co. Ltd. / Made in England”, copied from the dial of this Telephone Rentals Master Clock. There are papers in the case describing the movement and its operation from the “clock-museum” in England. There are also reported auction sales on the internet. The clock is time only, electrically driven with a low voltage. The dark mahogany case is 66 inches high with a 5 ½ inch silver dial and original hands in excellent condition. As I often report I know zilch about electrical movements but I am told by the consignor that it is in running condition. A lot of information about this company and this clock is available on the internet at, www.electricclockarchive.org. An identical clock sold at Schmitt’s Auction in 2012 for $1150. Our estimate $750-$1000.
French Meissen, a hard-paste porcelain, kiln fired case that might have been made as early as 1720. The round 8-day movement however is signed, “A-1”, which dates it to the “Reign of Terror” era, 1780-1790, when French movements were not allowed to have names inscribed, but only a letter and number. This large, delicate case might be almost 300 years old and I can only find one small flaw among the hundreds of tiny flower pedals and other ornaments. The many French companies developed markings to identify their work. This clock has one of the oldest trademarks in existence, the crossed swords. The company making this clock was established in 1710, near Dresden and is still in business today as “Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH”. The case is 22 inches tall, has painted flowers on the sides, cupids painted near the base in front, and three cupid type figures on top. The little guy on the left is holding what appears to be a boat anchor. A small piece of the anchor is missing and is the only break or missing piece on the entire case that I can detect. Now if you find one, or more, good for you, I cannot. If that missing piece bothers you I can tell you where to have it repaired and you would never know it had been broken. The round French movement is typical, it has a nickel bell attached to the back plate, strikes hours and half hours, and is running but needs checked out for it is not striking properly. $750-$1500.