Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. hanging calendar model, “Columbia”, ca 1901. Loaded with everything, an 8-day movement, running strong and striking a cathedral gong, and it has a simple calendar. In addition, it has a special tablet that is original and perfect. Walnut case is 37 ½” tall, cleaned and polished. There are decorations on top, sides, bottom, and some are carved. There is a brass bob, wood stick, nickel bell, and a signed Gilbert winding key, all we expect are original. The two-piece signed paper dial is almost too nice to be original but it does have considerable age so I cannot call it. The three hands I believe are original. There is a partial label on the back. Books over $1000. Ly-Gilbert #361; Ly-American #367. $500-$750.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Office Drop Calendar”, ca 1881. This clock has every indication of being near original, with some exceptions. The 34” high walnut case has all the carved curly cues and top ornament intact. The finish is dark yet polished and looks great. Both glasses are replacements, bottom with a new mirror replacing the original painted glass. Behind the lower door on the backboard is a complete paper label. The movement is 8-day, running and striking on a coil gong. The gong, movement, brass bob and wood stick, hands, and all the metal calendar discs, are original. However, the month calendar that is viewed at the very top of the dial and change by hand each month, is missing. There is no nail like pin for forwarding the calendar dials. The paper on the three discs shows wear and some grunge, but the paper dials are definitely all original. This is the second Office Drop Calendar I have had with Spanish dials. That could be why the month rolling dial at the top is missing. That would be a dead giveaway that it was Spanish. Ly-Calendar, page 94; Ly-Gilbert, page 85. Many collectors have had the dial painted by the Dial House, on metal discs, making the clock extremely attractive. This model booked for $2800 ten years ago. I believe the last one we sold was for nearly $2800, but it was near perfect. $900-$1200.
Seth Thomas “Office Calendar No. 1”, 1869. A large (40-inch) and iconic Seth Thomas calendar clock in very good condition. The rosewood veneer is dark and rich and the painted dials are clean and chip-free. The day and month roller covers are complete (and old). There are good labels inside and a card that shows the date the clock was set at the factory in 1869. The 8-day weight-driven movement is oily and runs tentatively, stopping after 10-20 min; it will need attention if you wish to run this clock. The calendar mechanism is functional. We do not have the male key for the door lock, but an Allen wrench will work if you wish to lock the door. This is one of the nicer looking examples of this model that we have seen. We sold one in 2017 for $2000. $1200-$1800
Seth Thomas “Suez” double-dial calendar, ca. 1883. There is only one example of a Suez calendar in the Antique Clocks Price Guide and it sold at RO Schmitt’s in 2011 for $7500. This one is a beauty, 44-inches in walnut with a nice finish. I’m tempted to call the dials original, but with only a hint of flaking it is more likely they are an old repaint. The hands are correct, the nickel pendulum bob damascened, a beat scale behind it. The calendar rollers are old, yellowed, and possibly original. The signed 8-day, time-and-strike spring movement is running and the RT Andrews calendar is advancing. You’ll not find one better, if you find another at all. $5000-$7500.
Seth Thomas “Office Calendar No. 4”, 1870’s. A 28-inch double-dial perpetual calendar in rosewood veneer with a very old and slightly crusty finish. No missing veneer, even on the buttons; the upper dial repainted and varnished, the lower dial numbering touched up, with some flaking. Both glasses are old, the calendar roller papers yellowed but not too dark. Label on the backside of the door. Eight-day time-only movement signed and running, calendar advancing but needs adjustment. Not much to complain about here. We routinely sell these models for $450-$550.
Waterbury “Calendar No. 36”, ca. 1891. This is a small Waterbury calendar, only 28 inches in a refinished oak case with knurled columns and ample carvings; the finish is old with a bit of crustiness. Both dials are painted, probably original, with slight chipping to the calendar dial. The door glass is old. The 8-day time and half-hour strike movement is running and the calendar is advancing. Good labels on the back. The movements are pictured on page 306 of Ly’s book Calendar Clocks. We’ve only sold one in the last decade; there were three sales at RO Schmitt’s in the last five years for $750-$800. $600-$800.
Waterbury “Calendar No. 32”, ca. 1891. A 38-inch walnut case with railings along the top and bottom on a double-dial calendar that differs from the catalog illustrations: Note that the pendulum shows through a window in-between the two dials, rather than below the calendar dial as is typical for this model. We see no evidence that the clock has been modified post-production. Both dials are newer paper, the lower dial is signed, and the calendar hand is a replacement; the door glass is newer as well. The 8-day time-and-half-hour strike movement is unsigned and is running and striking; the calendar is advancing. There is no label. The only sale in the Antique Clocks Price Guide was in 2012 for $1700; we sold one last year for $627. This clock is not as common as you might think. $600-$1000.
Seth Thomas “Office Calendar No. 3”, ca. 1863. Commonly called the “Peanut”, a highly sought-after early calendar wall clock from Seth Thomas. This model had some unique characteristics: it used a round movement, time-only, that had two small springs and ran 8 days. This is the only clock that used that movement; it also had ST trademark hands. The rosewood-veneered case is 24 inches tall with rosewood on the sides as well; the dials are painted and touched up; both were probably repainted long ago, and the calendar rollers likely repapered as well. The clock is running nicely and the calendar is advancing. There is a label on the door and a door key is included. The last one we sold went for $3000 in Jan 2017. $1800-$3000.
Welch, Spring & Co. “Gale Drop Calendar No. 2”, ca. 1880. There were at least three models of this complicated clock made, as described starting on page 48 of Ly’s book Calendar Clocks. However, it appears that parts were often mixed, either at the factory or in Bubba’s shop later on. This one contains an unsigned No. 2 movement and a repainted dial that matches the movement (note the opening on the year dial to view the leap year indicator) but was painted to match the No. 1 dial shown in the 1880 catalog illustration (it lacks the sunrise and sunset times on the year dial). Why the paint is so crackled is not clear to us; Ly says that No. 2’s and 3’s typically had paper dials that included sunrise and sunset times. The glass is a No. 1 design, looks original but has been rebacked. Even the pendulum bobs differed between models; this one has a No. 1 bob. The faded label inside is appropriate to both Model 1 and 2. The calendar hands are correct but the time hands are replacements. Incidentally, the dial tells you the time, date, day, month and – bonus – the moon’s monthly age in days. Setting all these hands is complicated but is described in Ly’s book. The 28-inch case is rosewood veneer with grain-painted bezels; the dial glass is old, the base may possibly be a very old replacement. The 8-day time-and-strike movement is running vigorously, striking and keeping time, and the calendar hands are advancing. Your challenge will be to set them correctly. We sold a No. 2 in similar condition in 2014 for $2800, and a very nice No. 1 in 2017 for $3650. $2500-$3500.
Ithaca Clock Co. “Large Iron Case”, ca. 1865. Iron cases were some of the first clocks Ithaca made when they started business. They made two sizes and used different movements in each. This is the larger size, 21 inches, and is the more common model. It contains a Hubbell unsigned 30-day double-wind spring-driven pendulum movement, although the dial is for a lever movement, which they also used. Additional covered winding holes in the dial pan suggest that this dial has been co-opted for this clock. There is a perpetual calendar in the lower dial. Both dials are paper, as originally made, and both have been varnished and yellowed; they can easily be replaced to brighten up the clock. The hands are likely original, the upper glass is newer, the calendar glass is old. The most notable feature of this clock is the original paint colors on the metal surround, as well as the original painted pendulum cover between the dials. This piece is often lost, and the case is often repainted in black. Although the original colors are darkened, you can still see that the upper and lower trim is gold, and the flowers and berries on the sides are red and green. The clock is running and the weekday calendar is advancing, but the date hand needs adjustment. Two good labels on the back. We sold one a couple of years ago for $2175. $1500-$2000.