E. Ingraham & Co. wood cased mantel clock, “Garnet”, ca 1886. The walnut case is 20 inches tall, complete and all original. On the base, inside the case is inscribed in the wood the Ingraham name and address. The two-piece dial is not signed but it looks old. The hands, signed gong base, coil gong, pendulum and door glass all look correct and original. The movement runs 8-days and strikes half hours and hours on the Cathedral gong. Ly-Ingraham #911. $50-$100.
“E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. Forestville, Conn.”, wood cased mantel clock, “Assortment A, No.5”, ca 1900. By this date clock companies were producing zillions of cheap mantel clocks in oak and walnut, each trying to outsell the others. Sound familiar? Cases were cut with a jig saw, with etched designs and applied wood or metal ornaments. Alarms or gongs cost more. This walnut case is almost 23 inches tall, all original and complete including the original glass, dial, hands, pendulum, alarm movement, gong and bell. There is no label. Ly-Welch #1314. $50-$100.
Ansonia Clock Co. wood cased mantel clock, “K Assortment, Kensico”, ca 1901. This walnut case is almost 23 inches tall, all original and complete including the glass, pendulum, signed gong base, signed original dial, and 8-day movement that is running and striking half hours on the gong. The case is dark, but very clean. Some of the designs on the class are missing and there is no label. Ly-Ansonia #1911. $50-$75.
E. N. Welch “Grecian”, ca 1880. You won’t find this one in Ly’s book on Welch clocks but you will find a Welch label on the back (not readable, but clearly a Welch black label). This clock differs from the more common Ingraham Grecians by the carved decoration below the bezel (and a signed Welch 8-day time-and-strike movement). The 15-inch case is veneered in rosewood and even the bezel is veneered, with a small segment missing at the top (not readily noticeable). The glass is new, puttied in, and the dial pan is new, freshly painted. The veneer is very nice and the clock is running and striking. Not a common clock. We sold one in July for $187. $175-$250.
Roswell Kimberly, Ansonia Conn shelf clock, ca. 1880? This maker is not listed in Spittlers/BaileyAmerican Clockmakers and Watchmakers nor can a sale be found in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, but you can find examples of sales online. This is the most common (and perhaps only) model. It stands 18 inches high and has a thick, black, alligatored finish over a presumed rosewood veneer. The lower glass is old but has lost its original reverse painting, and now is a combination of an amateur painting and a chalk background on cardboard. The dial glass is newer; the painted metal dial probably original, the hands replacements. The 8-day time-and-strike movement is unsigned but is running. There is a good green label inside. The center finial is missing, the right finial is broken in two places. An uncommon maker. $25-$75.
E. Ingraham Co. “Bazar”, ca. 1886. Ly lists this clock with mantel clocks on page 162 of his book on Ingraham clocks; similar models include the Tontine, Divan, and Warwick. All have stepped bases and half-hour slow strike 8-day movements, putting them a cut above the average shelf clock. The 18.25-inch cabinet is walnut and you paid 60 cents extra on an $8 clock for the alarm (as found here) in the 1880’s. The finish is good with some crustiness in the nooks and crannies. The front glass is old, with imperfections. The pendulum is correct and the signed movement is running and striking as expected. There is a label on the back. Several sales of this model on eBay in the last several years, averaging about $400. $250-$400.
F. Kroeber “Cabinet No. 51”, ca. 1888. One of many cabinet clocks marketed by Kroeber in New York in the late 1800’s. This one can be found on page 138 of Ly’s book on Kroeber clocks. It stands 14 inches high and has a 4-inch chapter ring on a new paper dial. The bezel is shiny brass with an old flat glass. The case is walnut with a mahogany color and looks to be the original finish, cleaned and waxed. You can even see the gold paint in the incising on the front. The signed 8-day movement is dirty but is running and keeping time. It strikes a Kroeber wire gong on the hour and half-hour. No sales records that we can find; we estimate $100-$125.