AUCTION : 1019

Lots 641 - 662: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., including Rare and Desirable Models

Lot#: 641

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., a monumental Empire style mantel clock, the mahogany veneered softwood case with scroll feet and imposing ogee molded base, veneered columns with turned capitals and bases supporting an ogee cornice, all flanking three convex molded doors, each with a bold ogee surround, and frosted, copper wheel cut glasses, backboard with darkened label, roman numeral white painted dial with blued steel hands, 8 day time and strike movement with skeletonized plates signed "Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., U.S.A.", cast iron weights and brass clad pendulum. These are rare and no doubt the wildest Empire cased clocks every produced.
CONDITION: case in an old finish, cleaned and polished, minor losses and repairs to veneers, lower door trimmed and with rosewood veneer, upper door with repaired corners, upper 1.25 inches of cornice missing, glasses good, dial replaced and minor losses at edge of center, dial replaced and with repair, hands good, label darkened to the point of near illegibility, movement ticks and strikes, weights good, pendulum shell with minor splits and dents
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
CIRCA: 1845
DIMENSIONS: 38.75in x 25.25in x 9.25in

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Lot#: 642

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 8 day, time and strike fusee spring driven, pendulum, brass movement shelf acorn clock. A history of the owners is included.
CONDITION: Rosewood veneered case in nice condition in an old finish has a small repaired chip and one small chip missing on the door. Original painted dial has a little wear to the chapter ring, some loss on the bottom edge, at the winding arbors and a couple small chips at 9 o'clock. Original hour hand. Minute hand while period is a replacement. Original tablet. The clock was given as a wedding present by J. Cheney Wells, who was President of the American Optical Co. and one of the founders of Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Mass.
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
CIRCA: 1845
DIMENSIONS: 19.25in x 10.75in x 4in

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Lot#: 643

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 8 day, time and strike, detached fusee, pendulum regulated, spring driven brass movement acorn shelf clock.
CONDITION: Rosewood veneered case in a heavy finish looks to be original has small veneer damage on the lower left side from a nail used to the fasten the backboard to the case. The base has damage on the left corner and a piece of the base has been replaced on the right front. The top glass has some loss to the blue background and the gilding. Original bottom tablet is cracked with areas of inpainting and repair. Original painted dial has age darkened a little with some small loss on the edges and at the mounting screws. Original hands. Card label inside has age darkened and has a hole in the center.
ESTIMATE: $1700 - $2200
CIRCA: 1845
DIMENSIONS: 24.5in x 14.75in x 5in

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Lot#: 644

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 8 day, time and strike, spring fusee driven, pendulum regulated brass movement acorn shelf clock.
CONDITION: Rosewood veneered case in nice condition in original finish that is worn in places has small damage on the top back edge. Original painted dial has scattered loss on the edge and slight wear to the signature. Minute hand is replaced. Original tablet is cracked. Clean label inside.
ESTIMATE: $1500 - $2500
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 19.25in x 10.5in x 4in

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Lot#: 645

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., miniature cottage clock with a spring driven 30 hour brass timepiece movement with a lever escapement, signed N. Pomeroy & Co., in a rosewood veneered and ripple front case with gilt design on the front.
CONDITION: The case is in exceptional condition with original finish and gilt stenciling on the case front. There is some wear to the gilt stencilling.The original painted dial, with the J.C. Brown signature, is in very nice condition with minor loss at the mounting holes and the center post. The hands are original The door glass is original. Overall, a very scarce clock . the last one to be auctioned here was in 2008.
ESTIMATE: $1300 - $1600
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 8.25in x 7.25in x 2.75in

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Lot#: 646

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., gothic shelf clock with a spring driven 8 day fusee time and strike movement in a rosewood veneered case with ripple front.
CONDITION: The refinished case is in very nice condition. The original painted dial, with signature, is in excellent condition and has nicely darkened with age. There is minimal paint loss at the winding holes. The hands appear to be original. The upper door glass is original. The lower door tablet is original and in very nice condition. The door knob may be a replacement. The case interior has a near perfect, protected overpasted label from Pond & Barnes, 71-73 Hanover Street in Boston. This company was in business there from 1847-1852.
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1400
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 18.75in x 10.25in x 4in

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Lot#: 647

DESCRIPTION: Cast iron fence tool marked "J.C. Brown Patent", multi-purpose uses includes hammer, two bolt wrenches, two staple pullers and a staple recessing head.
CONDITION: We cannot determine that J.C. Brown ever had a patent on this tool, but may have marked it to deter other potential manufacturers.
ESTIMATE: $100 - $200
CIRCA: 1855
DIMENSIONS: 3in x 11.5in x 1in

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Lot#: 648

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 30 hour, spring driven lever escapement brass movement ripple molding mini cottage timepiece.
CONDITION: Mahogany veneered ripple molding case in original finish is in nice condition for its age with some wear to the applied gilt decoration. Original painted dial with some wear to signature, some loss at the winding arbor and the mounting screws Minute hand probably replaced. Noah Pomeroy signed movement. These are rare and this one is particularly nice.
ESTIMATE: $900 - $1200
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 8.25in x 7.25in x 2.75in

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Lot#: 649

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., a highly decorative and unusual painted cast iron tent form mantel or shelf clock, the front with gilt peak over a landscape with castle above a green and gold lambrequin, the body of the tent with gilt, geometric ornament flanking the roman numeral paper dial, gathered drapery at the entrance below 6:00, with flanking castle landscapes and central gilt decorated plinth, and the base with large lambrequin and tassel decoration, 8 day, spring driven time and strike movement striking on a gong
CONDITION: paint with minor wear and losses, pendulum access bezel glass loose, catch needs to be re soldered, dial darkened, hands replaced, ticks and strikes, a very good example of a rarely seen model
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
CIRCA: 1855
DIMENSIONS: 20.25in x 18.25in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 650

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 4-column ogee Gothic shelf clock with a spring driven 8 day time and strike movement in a rosewood veneered case with a ripple front.
CONDITION: The refinished case is in very good condition with some repair to the top right side of the case. The original painted dial has loss in multiple locations. The J.C. Brown signature has faded. The four finials have minor loss to their tips. The hour hand is original and the minutes hand has age, but is not original to the clock. The upper door glass is original. The lower American Eagle glass tablet is original with some loss. The bone door knob has a crack.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 19.75in x 11.75in x 4in

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Lot#: 651

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., miniature beehive shelf clock with a spring driven 30 hour time and strike movement in a rosewood veneered case.
CONDITION: These miniature plain fronts are actually much rarer than the mini ripple fronts.The case is in very good condition with two small areas of veneer loss on the lower door. The dial is a replacement. The hands appear to be original. Both door glasses are original. The interior label is very nice.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
CIRCA: 1845
DIMENSIONS: 15.25in x 8.5in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 652

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., miniature gothic shelf clock with a spring driven 30 hour time, strike and alarm brass movement in a rosewood veneered case with ripple front.
CONDITION: The refinished case is in excellent condition. The original painted dial, signed "J.C. Brown, Bristol, Ct", is in very good condition with very minor loss at the winding arbors. The hands are original. The movement is signed. The upper door glass is original. The original lower glass tablet is very nice with some fading. There is a nice, protected interior label. An excellent example of this scare miniature clock.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 15.5in x 9in x 3.75in

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Lot#: 653

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., miniature gothic steeple shelf clock with a spring driven 30 hour time and strike movement in a rosewood veneered case with ripple front.
CONDITION: The case has some original finish and is in very good condition with minor loss to the tips of each finial. The dial has been repainted. The hands are original. The upper door glass is original and the lower door etched glass is original and in very nice condition. The movement is signed. There is a protected interior label in very good condition.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 16in x 9in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 654

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., Ripple Front Beehive shelf clock with a spring driven 8 day time and strike brass movement in a rosewood veneered case.
CONDITION: The case, with original finish, is in excellent condition. There is one very minor chip in the base ripple molding on the rear right side of the case. The signed, original dial is in excellent condition with minor paint loss at the center arbor. The hands are original. The upper door glass is original. The lower door tablet with frosted design on the glass is in good condition, but showing some wear. The door still has its original bone knob. The interior label is very good.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
CIRCA: 1848
DIMENSIONS: 18.75in x 10.5in x 4in

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Lot#: 655

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 8 day, time and strike spring fusee driven brass movement regulated by a pendulum 4-column round gothic or ogee top shelf clock.
CONDITION: Rosewood veneered case in an old finish has veneer patches on the base and the ogee top front half round molding. The veneer on two segments on the bottom door look replaced. Original painted dial is soiled with loss at the winding arbors, mounting screws and wear to some of the numbers. Original hands and tablet. Minute hand is repaired. Knob looks replaced.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 20in x 11.75in x 3.75in

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Lot#: 656

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., an unusual cast iron cathedral form shelf clock, the architectural case with lancet arch and domed windows, pinnacled towers, and domed roof, a roman numeral white painted dial with club hands in place of the rose window, the details highlighted in gold leaf and polychrome paint, 8 day time and strike spring driven movement with brass clad pendulum, with page from a 19th century directory illustrating the clock
CONDITION: case with some losses to paint and gilding, iron with small repaired loss at lower left, pendulum access bezel glass loose, dial repainted, ticks and strikes, directory page good
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 20.25in x 18in x 5in

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Lot#: 657

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., gothic shelf clock with a spring driven 8 day time and strike brass movement in a rosewood case with ripple front.
CONDITION: The refinished case is in very good condition. The original painted dial is in good condition but has been rubbed down and has little lustre. The back side of the dial pan has another painted dial. The hands are period but may not be original to this clock. The upper door glass is original. The etched lower glass tablet is original. The movement is signed. There is a nice, protected label inside the case.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $500
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 18.75in x 10.5in x 4in

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Lot#: 658

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., shelf clock with a spring driven 8 day time and strike movement in a rosewood veneered case with ripple front.
CONDITION: The case is in very good condition with original finish with some wear of the finish on the right hand side of the case. The signed, original painted dial is in good condition with some fading of the signature and paint loss at the mounting holes and winding arbors. The hands are original.The upper door glass is original with nicely gilt spandrels. The lower glass tablet depicts the White House and has paint loss in the center. The movement is signed.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $500
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 15in x 10.75in x 4.75in

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Lot#: 659

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 8 day, spring regulated by a pendulum brass movement wall lyre timepiece.
CONDITION: Mahogany veneered case in an old finish has some age cracks in the bottom door veneer and a couple edge chips on the top door. Repainted original dial. Replaced card label. Period hands. Replaced tablet. Glue blocks that support the dial have been replaced. The top backboard looks replaced. The signed movement is the proper one for this case. This clock is from the James Waldron collection and is pictured on page sixteen in the souvenir booklet from the NAWCC 2004 Southern Ohio Regional meeting
ESTIMATE: $900 - $1200
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 28.25in x 12.75in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 660

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., "Picture" shelf clock with a spring driven 8 day time and strike ribbed brass movement by Brewster & Ingrahams, Bristol, Conn. in a paper mache case with painted decorations and mother of pearl inlay
CONDITION: The case is in very nice condition with and original finish. Two of the thirteen pieces of MOP inlay are missing and the areas painted black. The signed original painted dial is in very good condition with some strengthening of the numerals. The hands are original. There is a hole in the bottom left of the dial which allows the door knob to turn. We have seen this on other J.C. Brown picture clocks. This is the second J.C. Brown, Bristol, picture clock with a Brewster & Ingrahams movement we have sold at auction. The movement appears original to the case. The upper door glass is original. The lower door tablet with the image of J.C. Brown is original and in very good condition.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $800
CIRCA: 1845
DIMENSIONS: 17.5in x 12.5in x 3.25in

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Lot#: 661

DESCRIPTION: J.C. Brown, Forestville Mfg. Co., Bristol, Conn., 8 day, time and strike brass movement picture frame wall or shelf clock.
CONDITION: Paper mache case front in nice condition in original finish has some loss to the mother-of-pearl inlaid on the frame. Original painted dial has age darkened a little with some loss on the right edge and at the mounting screws. Original tablets with some loss on the bottom tablet. Hands are replaced, but correct type. Original bone knob. Movement is signed.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 17.5in x 12.5in x 4in

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Lot#: 662

DESCRIPTION: Noah Pomeroy, Bristol, Conn., 30 hour, spring driven brass lever movement, gold decorated and Mother of Pearl inlaid mini cast iron case shelf timepiece.
CONDITION: Cast iron in nice condition with most of the original gold decoration intact. Original embossed brass dial has been nicely cleaned and lacquered. Replaced hands. Movement is signed.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 8.75in x 7.25in x 2.5in

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