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.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. mantel clock, "Garfield", ca 1883. Garfield and Lincoln were the only two presidents who had been assassinated up to 1883. To honor the two presidents Seth Thomas made the two exceptional model clocks. Both are weight driven and have the finest accessories. This clock has nickel dial rings, cathedral gong, and pendulum bob. The weights are brass. You may say why. I have seen these two models with a multitude of variations of accessories, rarely all matching, nickel or brass. The walnut Garfield case is 29 inches high, has been cleaned inside and out, and the wood and nickel polished. The dial is original and has some scattered chips. I would not have it painted but you may choose to. The hands, beat scale, damascened pendulum ball and wood stick all appear to be original. It is running. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 727. $1000-$1500.
German double Whistler, ca 1930’s. The movement are identical to all the Whistlers I have sold. Over the years a long-time collector of Whistlers has gradually downsized his large collection, this one is probably his most valuable. The movement, bellows, and other internal parts are all working properly. When the whistle is activated the head of the figure on the right turns and he whistles. When he stops whistling the head of the figure on the left starts turning and whistling. There are removable wood covers over the movement. Whistle activation switch is on the back as is the winding arbors for the movements. The figures on this very rare carved Whistler stand 15” tall. When placed inside the glass dome it is 14 inches tall. $1500-$2500.
French carriage clock that I have owned since I started collecting clocks in 1970. It has sat in our living room desk, behind glass doors for some 45 years without running. The brass case is like new, clean and polished. It stands 7 inches high and has five perfect beveled glasses. The porcelain dial has three original hands, a time ring and an alarm ring. The dial is signed by the selling dealer, “Bigelow Kennard & Co., Boston”. The movement is signed only, “Made In Paris”. The serial number on the movement and on the original winding key is, “15001”. The movement strikes quarters and hours, or quarters, or silent. The controls for the sequence is underneath the case. The original carrying case is also signed, “Bigelow Kennard & Co. Boston”. The movement is running and striking. I sure hate to sell it but a lot of “stuff” has to go away. $750-$1000.
Ansonia Clock Co. crystal regulator, “Apex”, ca 1905. This model is one of the larger and more desirable of their crystal regulators. It is 18.5” high, in good original condition including the original rich gold finish, and the cast pendulum bob which features rhinestones around the edge. There is only slight wear and the gold is not bright as it would have been 100 years ago. It has some accumulated smoke and other pollutants on the metal but it sure does not detract from the overall look. The four beveled glasses are near perfect. The two-piece porcelain dial is perfect, signed, has original hands, and the open escapement mechanism. The 8-day movement is signed, running, and striking hours and half hours on a standing cathedral gong. Included with the clock is a two-ended winding key. Ly-Ansonia, pages 109-110. $3500-$4000.
French/Swiss pinwheel regulator. Walnut? case is 78” high, very clean and polished. It could have been refinished at some time for it looks like a piece of furniture and is ready to hang and enjoy. The clock came to us from a long-time collector who had it hanging in his home for many years. He had it held to the wall with 4 large screws. There is no wall hanger on the case, but they are easy to come by. The door has two glasses, and latches on the side. The bottom glass has a small break in the bottom right. The top is not attached but you may wish to remedy that. I could not get a good full picture of the clock working alone. I took a couple of extra pictures so you could enlarge them and see the finials on the base of the case. As you know most cases housing French/Swiss movements were made in the USA, either in a factory or cabinetmaker. We cannot swear where this one was made. The movement rests on a wood mounting bracket. In these old clocks that are 100 years old or more, you most generally see many holes in the backboard. The Swiss pinwheel movement is typical, housed in an iron box with latching doors on each side of the box. Porcelain dial with large brass dial surround that stretches 14” across the inside of the case. There are small hairlines on the dial and two very small chips on the outside edge of the dial. Lyre pendulum, brass weight, and a pair of large hands, complete the clock. The 8-day time only movement was recently cleaned and oiled and is running. In the past we have sold Swiss pinwheel regulators, not nearly this nice, for up to $5000. $1500-$2000.