“C. & L. C. Ives, / Bristol, Conn.” copied from the near complete paper label. Mahogany veneered case is 38” high, with a very nice carved splat, complete chimneys and returns, full carved columns in the center, and four ball feet on the bottom. Both doors have the original ivory escutcheon and door locks, with a key. Overall the veneer is excellent as I have come to realize in this collection. Not to say there might not be a hauling chip or two. The top and bottom glasses are probably replacements. The middle painting looks old and original but I cannot be sure. The old wood dial is very good and the hands, pendulum, crank, and weights are period and may be original to the case. It has an 8-day strap brass movement and strikes hours on an iron bell. The movement has weight cords and is operational. There is a correct pair of old iron weights and an old pendulum bob. The label is near perfect as is almost everything about this clock. $350-$550.
“E. Ingraham & Co., Bristol, Conn.”, wood cased mantel clock, “Venetian”, ca 1880.This mahogany veneered case is 13 ¼ inches high. It has two original glasses, door latch, original dial and hands, perfect label, original pendulum, and the one-day time only movement that is running. The case is clean, polished and near perfect. It is not pictured in Ly-Ingraham because its size is different from all other models shown. I suppose you would call it a miniature. Ly-Ingraham, page 265. $75-$150.
“Birge, Case & Co., Bristol, Conn.”, three decker case with 8-day brass movement, ca 1833. The movement was invented by Joseph Ives around 1830, and in fact Ives was employed as a consultant by this firm. The 8-day, two weight movement is complete, clean, and operating properly. It strikes the hours on a large iron bell. It has a very nice wood dial with a lot of ownership history written on the back, period hands, pendulum, very good label, and the oblong pair of iron weights. Like all clocks in this collection the 37-inch-high mahogany veneered case is near perfect. There is some burl on the sides or it is rosewood, not sure. I think the top two glasses are original and the tablet was replaced long ago. The doors have ivory escutcheons, lock, and key in the top door. Escutcheon has a chip. There is no lock on the bottom door, just the escutcheon for looks I assume. No evidence there ever was a lock or that the door has been reworked. Strange. The splat carving is superb and the full columns certainly have some unusual painted designs. All in all, a very nice clock, as I expected. $200-$350.
“Welch, Spring & Co., Forestville, Conn.”, mantel clock, “Italian No. 2”, ca 1874. They called this size a variant because of the size (13 ½ inches) but it is more rare because it is one-day, time and strike, with alarm. It is not acknowledged as being made in any of the catalogs. Note the glass is identical to those pictured in the catalogs. The case is mahogany veneer, clean and polished, chip on the front base, door lock, complete label, old pendulum, iron bell, wire gong, original dial, and a large alarm movement in the bottom of the case. Ly-Welch, page 408, for similar clocks. $75-$150.
“New Haven Clock Co. New Haven, Conn.”, wood cased mantel clock, “Cottage, Extra”, ca 1880. Nice mahogany veneered case is 13 inches tall, has quarter columns on the sides, latching door with two old glasses, the bottom tablet was rebacked with white paint. It has the original painted metal dial, replaced hands, old pendulum bob, complete label, iron bell, and the original8-day movement that is running and striking the iron bell on the hours. Ly-New Haven #1204. $75-$150.
“Gilbert Clock Company, Winsted, Conn.”, mantel clock, “Gilbert No. 1114”, ca 1914. Gilbert touted the case as fumed oak with Marquetry effect. I don’t know for sure it is oak but it sure is a good looking 13 ½ inch case. Looks more like rosewood but I don’t think they were still using rosewood in 1914. Door latch, brass sash and glass in the door. Repainted dial, correct hands, good label, old pendulum, coil gong and an 8-day movement that is running and striking on the hours. Ly-Gilbert Supplement #1808. $75-$150.