“Jerome & Co., New Haven, Conn.”, round top mantel clock, ca 1870. The rosewood case is 14 ½ inches tall, has a full front door that hooks on the side, and one original glass in the door. Behind the door is a nice repair label dated 1882. Looks like it was cleaned for $.75. There is a label on the back, nice clean dial, correct hands, pendulum, coil gong, and the 8-day time and striking movement that is performing properly. The case has some black paint around the base and a round piece of wood trim around the glass, both just to make the case a little different. $100-$200.
“Henry Terry & Co. / Plymouth, Ct.”, ca 1834. Henry was the son of Eli Terry. Like the other Terry boys, he had an interesting life, in and around the clock business. He had an unknown partner, hence the “Co” after his name. This is an unusual case, one I suppose you could call a column and splat hybrid. I knew I had sold a clock like this once so I researched my old catalogs and found #128 in the January 2001 auction, very similar to this clock. It sold for nearly $500 but was in considerably better condition than this one. After he was in the clockmaking business for two years by himself he converted his factory to a woolen mill. If you care to look up that clock from my earlier auction you can see what a nice clock it could be when restored. This 32” mahogany veneered case has no veneer problems and retains a lot of good parts, i.e. stenciled mahogany half columns, one of the two mirror glasses in the top, a near perfect label, iron bell, 30-hour wood movement, good wood dial, pair of iron weights, period hands, and a period brass bob. The top glass is original, the bottom painted by Tom Moberg. The movement is reported to be a Terry type 1.117 or 1.116. $250-$400.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Arch Top”, ca 1880. An early mantel clock, I suspect was first made much earlier than 1880. This case is the most unusual Arch Top I have ever sold. The collector cleaned it back to its original look, which appears to be numerous woods displayed in various ways. It is standing only 16” tall, and has many curves and delicate veneer challenges. As is common with this model there are always some small veneer chips and perhaps a couple of small dents or chips elsewhere on the case, but not on this one. You have to love the wood grain on this case and the way those craftsmen in the 17th century knew how to lay veneer. Inside is a complete paper label, a coil gong, and the 8-day signed movement. The Geneva stops are still intact and the clock is running and striking. The dial and hands are very good. I cannot get over the arrangement of the woods. I have sold Arch Top’s in the past for up to $600, not nearly this nice. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 717. $250-$400.
E. Ingraham & Co. very rare mantel clock, “Arch Column, No. 1”, ca 1860. This old clock appears to be all original except for a new paper dial. The 17” high case is hand grained on the sides, while the top, base, and front look like rosewood veneer, and the caps above the columns were said to be made of solid rosewood. The label inside is near perfect, has both a wire gong for striking and an iron bell for the alarm to sound on. The brass ring around the dial is signed, “May 10, 1859”. The lock holding the door to the case is missing. The movement is 8-day, held with mounting blocks, and in very good condition. This is an excellent example of a very early clock. You should read about this rare clock in Ly-Ingraham, pages 79-81, and 256-257. $100-$200.
“Atkins Clock Company, Bristol, Conn.”, round top shelf clock, ca 1873. This clock they named, “Victor Round Top #3”. It was built in 3 heights, 15, 17, and 18 inches, this one actually measurers 15 ¾ inches high. It is made of rosewood, which as you know has more eye appeal than any other wood. Many clockmakers were making similar round top clocks but Atkins put a “fish tail” design on the sides between the glasses, to set his clock apart from the others. The clock is very nice all over, clean, polished and all original. It has a complete label, excellent glasses and dial, even has an alarm movement in the bottom that rings on a bell. The 8-day running movement strikes hours on a coil gong. See – “The Clocks of Irenus Atkins”, by Gregory and King, pages 87-88. $100-$200.
“Seth Thomas, Thomaston, Conn.”, miniature mantel clock, “Rustic”, ca 1883. The case is 10 inches tall, mahogany door, pine case otherwise. The one-day movement is the ST type “A”. The clock is near perfect, cleaned and polished, has a new glass and repainted dial. Complete label inside, pendulum, ST hands, and the signed movement. Ly-Seth Thomas #2519. $150-$300.