Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 6”, ca. 1877. The No. 6 Fashion is distinguished by its painted black dials with gold lettering, nickel-plated “Fashion” hands, and a long-drop damascened pendulum. This clock meets all the criteria except the clock hands, which are not Fashion hands and are not nickel plated; they are Seth Thomas black hands sanded down to the steel finish. The calendar hand appears to be correct. The signed Seth Thomas movement is mounted on an iron frame; the wire gong is dated, and the dials have the correct and expected patent dates and labeling “Made by Seth Thomas Clock Co”. The solid walnut case is in excellent shape, with good replacement finials. The door glass is replaced and the Fashion stencil repainted. There is a nice Southern Calendar Clock Co label on the back. The clock is running, keeping time, striking on cue, and the calendar is advancing. We sold a No. 6 last January for $3380, but it was practically perfect; one in lesser condition sold in May 2016 for $3085. $1800-$3000.
Westclox “La Salle Dura Case 61-F”, 1930-1934. One of six alarm clocks in the La Salle Dura case series, each in a heavy metal case with nickel plating and art deco dials. This one is just over 3 inches tall with a good finish and dial. It is not running. $25-$50.
Southern Calendar Clock Co. “Fashion No. 5”, ca. 1879. The expression you see often on eBay is “barn-fresh” to indicate a clock that has sat untouched for decades. This clock qualifies, I think. The finish is crusty and the interior is dusty. We had to vacuum the back of the dials of zinc dust. The calendar rollers hold what must be the original paper covers; one is held on with thread. Both painted dials are faded and flaking. The end of the Fashion minute hand is missing; the finials are missing most of their spires. The base is loose and needs to be re-glued to the case. But, remarkably, the movement is running, striking, and keeping time. The calendar is not advancing so some adjustment is needed, but it can be advanced by hand. The Seth Thomas movement is signed and stamped “Made for the Southern Calendar Clock Co, St Louis MO” with the word “solely” stamped into the brass as a late add-on. It strikes on a nickel bell as big as your fist. The long-drop pendulum has a nickel Seth Thomas bob, nicely damascened. There is a black instruction label on the calendar door. The glass is original, as is the stenciled “Fashion” lettering. As a bonus, we’ll include a set of unfinished new finials. You’ve got you work cut out for you with this one if you want it restored to its lost splendor. Everything but the Fashion minute hand is there. We sold a No. 5 last July for $1675. $1500-$1800.
Wm. Gilbert “Office Drop Calendar”, 1881. The dark walnut case is 34.5 inches high with walnut burl on the wood bezel and all the necessary adornments, top, sides, and bottom. The wood is dark but not so dark that it needs refinishing; Kotton Klenser maybe if you really felt industrious. The burl veneer on the bezel shows some chipping and wear. The dial is 15 inches across and shows some soiling, staining, and wear; it seems to be a glossy (possibly lacquered?) paper over a zinc pan. The two calendar dials that rotate behind the time dial are also paper over metal and further backed by cardboard and show wear, but the days and months are quite readable. You rotate the weekday and month calendar dials by inserting a pencil tip or pin in one of the small holes in the dial at the month opening and rotating by hand. Only the red calendar hand moves with the movement. The hands are correct but new, the calendar hand old. The dial glass is new, the lower glass old, with a nice painted pattern. The unsigned time-only 8-day movement is dirty but running and keeping time, and the calendar is advancing; there is a solder repair to the crutch. They also made this in a time-and-strike model (see Ly, Gilbert Clocks, page 85). There is a good label inside, but it is showing losses and should be protected behind plastic. This is one of the prettiest calendar clocks made by any manufacturer and you don’t see too many in better condition than this. We sold one a year ago for $1176. $900-$1200.
E. Howard “Regulator No. 10”, ca. 1874. The No. 10 is the smallest of the five figure-8 regulators, at 34 inches long, tip to tip. This model was reissued in the 1970’s; this is an original. The case is walnut in nice condition, with the bottom nicely repaired probably because of a weight fall-through. The case and dial board are stamped “IV”. Everything looks original: the three glasses, the hands, the pendulum stick and bob, the weight shield (possibly repainted), and the iron weight, unnumbered. The iron dial was repainted some time ago. The movement is signed but not numbered. It is running and keeping time nicely. The most recent sales of an original No. 10 in the Antique Clocks Price Guide were for $4900 in 2015 and $5200 in 2013; we’ll ignore the one that sold for $10,000 in 2014, the one that sold for $10,350 in 2010, and the one that sold for $12,363 in 2009, all at R.O. Schmitt’s. $3500-$5000.
Seth Thomas “Regulator No. 18”. A flawless 54-inch oak case in a golden oak finish, probably made in the last 50 years and signed at the top “M.L.”. The dial pan is also new. The hands, including the seconds hand appear to be old Seth Thomas issue, as is the signed movement and weight. The pendulum stick may be old, the bob is new. Both glasses are wavy, and there is a replacement label in the bottom. Running, 8-days, time only, and keeping time. It’s hard to fault someone who can take an old movement and restore it into a case that looks this good. We sold an original in 2016 for $2550. $1250-$1800.