AUCTION : 0519

Lots 199 - 208: Important American Clocks

Lot#: 199

DESCRIPTION: Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn., "Office Calendar No. 8" wall clock, 8 day, weight driven timepiece movement with R. T. Andrews patent perpetual calendar, in an oak case with canopy top, glazed pendulum aperture, painted metal dials, and damascened pendulum bob
CONDITION: the case retains an old finish, the lower left return molding has been reattached and two pieces of molding surrounding pendulum aperture have been reglued. The inner door and inside of case have been sanded. The dials have been repainted. The calendar mechanism appears to retain its original rolls. Label with oiling instructions and the weight stamped "No. 8" & "Office Cal" are original.
ESTIMATE: $10000 - $15000
PRICE SOLD: $9500
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 62in x 24.5in x 9in

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Lot#: 200

DESCRIPTION: E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass., "Regulator No. 42", 8 day, weight driven, brass movement wall timepiece.
CONDITION: Nicely refinished walnut case has a small shrinkage crack in the middle just below the bezel. Original painted dial looks to have the area outside the chapter ring overpainted to help fill in some missing paint. The signature also looks to have been strengthened or restored. Original hands and tablet. A new weight baffle.
ESTIMATE: $5000 - $7000
PRICE SOLD: $4750
CIRCA: 1874
DIMENSIONS: 44in x 14.5in x 5.75in

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Lot#: 201

DESCRIPTION: E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass., unusual "Postal" wall clock, signed 8 day, time only, weight driven movement in a carved oak case with 18", painted metal dial with crescent shaped aperture above 12:00 for a Lund Synchronizer, the lower door with plaque reading, "PRESENTED TO MR. P. H. GRAY BY THE STAFF OF E. MARLBROUGH & CO. with all best wishes upon his retirement AFTER LONG AND RESPECTED SERVICES."
CONDITION: case in an old finish, with minor abrasion, a bit of paint residue, glue joint above dial with minor separation, bezel joints with very minor gaps, carved element at bottom with two minor losses to right scroll, top left side molding with loss at back, dial with abrasion and minor scratches, minor paint losses at screw holes, winding hole, and 2:00, hands with numerous minor bends, oxidation and losses to blue, movement clean, will tick, pendulum good, weight with minor oxidation. This clock is esentially a large #70, with carved elements added at the top and bottom, a carved door, and 18" dial. For more on the Lund Synchronizer and other forcible means of correcting the minute hand, see "Electrical Timekeeping" by Frank Hope Jones, page 23 - 24.
ESTIMATE: $10000 - $15000
PRICE SOLD: $9500
CIRCA: 1890
DIMENSIONS: 43.25in x 21.25in x 5in

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Lot#: 203

DESCRIPTION: Forestville Mfg. Co., (J.C. Brown), Bristol, Conn., 8 day, time and strike, spring driven, brass fusee movement, Acorn clock variation with round gothic top.
CONDITION: Laminated veneers case on a rosewood veneered base in nice condition in an old finish. Original top glass has slight loss. The bottom tablet looks to be original. Original signed painted dial has small loss on the bottom edge. Original hands. The metal cross strip on the fusee has been replaced. Original green paper on the backboard. Examples with the round gothic top are rarer than those with the OG gothic top.
ESTIMATE: $5000 - $7000
PRICE SOLD: $6500
CIRCA: 1847
DIMENSIONS: 24.5in x 14.75in x 4.75in

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Lot#: 204

DESCRIPTION: Aaron Willard Jr., Boston, a good Massachusetts shelf clock, pine and mahogany case with figured mahogany veneers, the convex molded base on cast paw feet, with turned wooden feet at the back, below a bullnose molded frame with reverse painted tablet featuring a landscape with young girl and her lamb beneath a large tree, and a small house in the background, the stylized leaf border done in varicolored bronze powders, the transition between upper and lower case with thumb molding below a cavetto and astragal, the door also with bullnose molded frame, and reverse painted glass, the lower portion with bronze powder seashells and foliage surrounding a gilt bordered oval reserve in red, and "Aaron Willard Boston" in gold script below the dial surround, the corners with gilt lyres backed in red, and bronze foliage backed in green, bullnose molded top with broken arch crest and central plinth with eagle finial, roman numeral, white painted concave dial with red painted wooden mask, barbed hands, and 8 day timepiece movement with four wheel train, recoil escapement, cast iron weight, and brass clad pendulum bob with steel rod.
CONDITION: case in an old finish, veneers with checking, bullnose moldings with splits and lifting, right side of crest with old repair, lower tablet original, with minor flaking, upper glass with minor flaking and inpainted losses, finial with a few dents, dial mask with splits, dial with flaking and minor losses, numerals strengthened, and with coat of lacquer, minute hand with minor bends, movement dirty, complete, and functional, weight and pendulum replaced. This clock is from the collection of Richard Thomson, author of "Antique American Clocks & Watches", and is pictured on page 91.
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $5000
PRICE SOLD: $5000
CIRCA: 1820
DIMENSIONS: 35in x 13in x 7in

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Lot#: 205

DESCRIPTION: Forestville Mfg. Co., (J.C. Brown), Bristol, Conn., 8 day, time and strike, spring driven brass fusee movement Acorn shelf clock
CONDITION: Laminated veneer case on a rosewood veneered base is in nice condition, and in a new, soft finish. Both tablets are by Moberg. Original painted dial is soiled with inpainted areas.The hour hand looks original, while the minute hand is from a later Forestville clock. Original green paper inside and label.
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $4500
PRICE SOLD: $2200
CIRCA: 1847
DIMENSIONS: 24.5in x 14.75in x 5.25in

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Lot#: 206

DESCRIPTION: L. E. Whiting, Saratoga Springs, NY, "Timby Solar Time Piece". 8 day, spring driven, brass lever movement shelf clock. The clock designed and patented by Theodore R. Timby. These scarce clocks's movements made by Noah Pomery, Bristol, Conn.
CONDITION: Walnut case in an old finish has some small damage on the edge of the right top curved molding and a small chip to the molding where the top meets the base. There is very small area of surface abrasion close to the north pole on the globe which is in otherwise nice condition. The number ring has age darkened a little with some staining on the edge. The dial that appears in the lower door is replaced which is often the case with these clocks. The top finial has some age, is the correct style, but may be a replacement. The bottom access door has a crack down the center.
ESTIMATE: $3500 - $4500
PRICE SOLD: $3400
CIRCA: 1864
DIMENSIONS: 25in x 14in x 5.25in

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Lot#: 207

DESCRIPTION: Aaron Willard, Boston, Mass., Massachusetts shelf clock with 8 day, weight driven brass time and alarm movement.
CONDITION: Refinished mahogany & mahogany veneered case has age cracks to the molding on the bottom panel and the base molding. There is a repair to the top molded piece on the hood. The top crest is replaced in property style. Original painted dial has a couple small areas of paint loss. The tablet has some loss and is heavily restored. There are some repairs to the dial mask. The wood panel behind the bottom front panel is replaced. The weight of the proper type, but is not period. Alarm examples are quite rare.
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
PRICE SOLD: $2000
CIRCA: 1820
DIMENSIONS: 34.5in x 13.5in x 5.75in

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Lot#: 208

DESCRIPTION: Curtis & Clark, Plymouth, Conn., 8 day, time and strike, spring driven brass movement, in a miniature, carved column, Platt-style case.
CONDITION: America's first coiled spring-driven production shelf clock. Mahogany and mahogany veneered case in an old finish has small veneer repairs and couple small chips on the door. There is an old veneer repair on the base. The small square just above the right column has a damaged edge. The back feet are replaced. The tablet by Moberg has been replaced. There is some question about the carved paw feet as the side of each foot is flat and not carved. Normally this type of foot is usually carved on both sides. Original painted dial and hands. Second hand is a replacement. The door knob will need attention to add a new key escutcheon to the replace what is there. Original iron dial has small square cut out a the bottom left corner. There is scattered loss on the right side and three smal spots in the center area. Slightly dark stained label inside. Although the contract was for 200, It is believed only 100 of these clocks were ever produced and far fewer have survived. These clocks used imported springs and were a decade earlier than E.C. Brewster's spring clocks.
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
PRICE SOLD: $3200
CIRCA: 1825
DIMENSIONS: 22.5in x 12.75in x 5.5in

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