Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 20”, ca 1900. Beautiful 62” oak case, rubbed and polished to a bright, clean, furniture finish. It is in excellent original condition including the finials and other wood parts, no evidence of replaced wood anywhere. Two original glasses with perfect wood strips holding them, and there are two key locks on the side. Metal dial was professionally repainted, has three correct hands, beat scale, brass pulley, and sparkling bright brass weight. The mercury pendulum was put together for the picture. The pendulum frame shows in the picture but we chose not to install the original mercury. We will hold it in a sealed jar for transporting. We as always guarantee everything to be correct. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 304. The last five Seth Thomas No. 20’s we have sold were in the $4000-$6000 range plus 10%. Only one had a mercury pendulum. $5500-$6500.
E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. rare ornamental example of their black walnut mantel clock, “Liszt”, ca 1889. Elisha Welch was a great lover of the arts, and named many of his clocks for musical artists of his time, this clock named for Franz Liszt, the great German composer. The backboard has two near complete paper labels still in place. There is a lot of case here, it stands 25” tall and is 16” wide. It is a step back case with some small carved pieces and a lot of etched/grooved designs, all over. It has been cleaned and polished and looks like it just came from the factory. There is a wonderful original glass featuring fans around the dial at the top, and a couple dancing on the bottom. In addition to gold, there is some green and red in the fan images. Original signed paper dial, old hands, Welch pressed glass pendulum, large Cathedral gong, and an 8-day movement. The movement is signed, complete, and in working order, striking the gong on half hours and hours. Ly-Welch #439. $450-$650.
Welch, Spring & Co. walnut parlor clock, “Dolaro”, ca 1885. Welch named this clock for Selina Dolaro, a singer and actress in London, England. The case is very attractive, well designed, all original and cleaned, but retains the original finish, now some darker from natural aging. It stands 23 inches high, has a very nice original Welch glass, important Welch pressed glass pendulum, original dial and hands, and a good percent of a paper label on the back. The 8-day movement is signed, running and strikes a coil gong. This clock also has an alarm. The alarm movement and brass bell are located just to the left of the coil gong. This clock, like most of the Welch clocks we are featuring in this auction are museum quality. None of them are “kitchen” clocks, but they are Parlor clocks. Ly-Welch #422. $200-$300.
“Welch Mfg. Co. Bristol, Conn.”, parlor clock “Fesca”, ca 1864-1887. Elisha Welch named this clock for Alexander Fesca, a German composer and pianist. We know that Welch traveled widely overseas and met many of the artists his clocks were named for. What we don’t know is whether Welch himself named the various clocks for those artists. One would have to assume so. This walnut case is 24 inches tall, complete and all original. It has an 8-day time and striking movement, and originally with alarm. The alarm movement and bell are missing from the case. It has the unusual Welch pressed glass pendulum. No labels on the back. The clock was first pictured in Roy Ehrhardt’s first “Clock Identification And Price Guide”, page 163. We found very few sales of this model at auction houses, one on EBay. $150-$250.
George A. Jones & Co. walnut parlor clock, “Fifth Avenue”, ca 1871. It is an extra nice 23-inch-high case, clean, polished, and all original. There are carved pieces on top and on the door. There is a partial label on the back which was not helpful in identifying the maker or complete address. I spent far too much time trying to find out who was located at “128 Main Street”, and was not successful. The 8-day time and striking movement is running and signed, “E. N. Welch, Bristol, Conn.”. He also used Waterbury movements and perhaps others. He made the near identical clock when he worked for Ansonia as their factory manager. The cases, trim, and accessories will vary from year to year. The movement strikes hours on a nickel bell, dial rings are brass, and the hands are correct. The dial center may not be original. The case has three glasses, there is an old and correct Jones pendulum. I know I have sold a few of this model before, one in the June 2001 Auction. The clock is pictured in the Geo. A. Jones & Co. Illustrated Catalogue. $250-$400.
Welch, Spring & Co. “Eight Day / Hanging Italian V.P. / Welch, Spring & Co.”, ca 1880. Rosewood case with carved accent pieces on top, sides, and bottom, standing 27” high. Carved piece on top has been glued where split, hardly detectable, all attached ornaments, finials, and carvings appear to be original. Flocked paper on the backboard. This is a rare clock that has been babied and protected for 130 years, or it would not be this nice. The gold on the glass is near perfect, same with the oversized Welch pendulum and dial, all are excellent and original. Most of the paper label remains on the back, hands and gong are correct and old. Movement is 8-day, running, and striking the nickel bell. A very rare and very nice clock. Ly-Welch, pages 124-125. $1000-$1500