William Cummens, Boston, Mass., a mahogany Roxbury case tall clock, on French feet below a narrow cross band inlay, the base with dark and light wood stringing with invected corners, deep cavetto and astragal on quarter round mid molding, the trunk with molded rectangular door and flanking stop fluted quarter columns with brass capitals and bases, the bonnet with ogee molded bottom, door with light and dark wood stringing matching the base, flanking stop fluted columns with brass furniture, and sides with glazed tombstone shaped apertures, all below the molded break arch cornice, pierced fret, and fluted plinths with brass compressed ball and spire finials, roman numeral white painted dial with gilt spandrels with oval reserves having black scalloped edges and horizontal red, green and white stripes, the arch with gilt bordered oval painted landscape scene with two figures, fretted steel hands, arched date aperture above 6:00, and signed "Warranted by Wm. Cummens", brass eight day time and strike movement, brass clad pendulum, and gravel filled tin can weights, and winding key
CONDITION: case in an old refinish, hardware polished, base with old repairs, and minor losses to inlay, front of base with minor warping and one piece of replaced veneer at upper right corner, minor separation at corners of mid molding, trunk upper molding with dents at left, partially hidden by bonnet molding, also with minor loss at lower left corner, bonnet door veneers with splits and old repairs, minor loss at lower left, replaced glass and minor warp, left side of bonnet with split, cornice molding with splits, and minor losses at back, one plinth with replaced cap, fret with repairs, dial with crazing and minor losses, painted scene with darkening and craquelure, minute hand repaired, date disc with losses to paint, movement with minor tarnish, ticks and strikes, pendulum bob tarnished, rod with minor bends, weights with minor dents. Backboard with chalk inscription "Cummens No. 9".
ESTIMATE: $4000 - $6000
DIMENSIONS: 95.75in x 19.75in x 9.375in
Abel Hutchins, Concord, New Hampshire, a good, inlaid cherry tall clock, the case on straight French feet, with narrow, geometric, multicolor banding, and inlaid, crotch satinwood oval, deep cavetto and astragal mid molding below the molded trunk door, also with banding, crotch satinwood oval, and flanking quarter columns with contrasting line inlay, cast brass bases and capitals, the bonnet with banded, arched door, and flanking, turned columns also with cast brass capitals and bases, the sides with glazed, lozenge shaped apertures, and top with cavetto, astragal, and quarter round break arch cornice, pierced fret, and three banded plinths below inverted chestnut urn form finials with Greek key band and palmette tops, signed arabic numeral white painted dial with red, green and gilt spandrels, the arch with gilt ornament and central eight petal flower, blued steel hands, and brass 8 day time and strike movement with oval cutout at bottom of the plates, brass clad pendulum, and gravel filled tin can weights
CONDITION: case in an old refinish, base with vertical splits and losses to inlay, trunk door top and bottom molding need regluing, fret with repaired breaks and minor losses, bonnet door with split at upper left, center finial with broken tip, and let into a hole drilled into the plinth in order to reduce the overall height, the other finials with minor bends, dial cleaned, minor chips to paint and minor losses to numerals, signature legible in raking light, date disc with losses to paint, minute hand missing, ticks and strikes, pendulum rod with minor bends, bob with a few dents, one weight also with dents
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
DIMENSIONS: 95.75in x 20in x 10 375in
Silas Howell, New Brunswick, New Jersey, a good early 19th century walnut tall clock, the flush panelled base with ogee bracket feet, the figured panel with cross banded border, contrasting, Nice case with conforming stringing, and invected corners, ogee and cavetto mid molding, The trunk has fluted quarter columns and a narrow door with contrasting string inlay with fans at the corners, and top with carved nine lobe shell, deep cavetto molding below the bonnet with four slender turned columns with baluster form bases, break arch door with string inlay and cross banding, and molded broken arch cornice terminating in large paterae inlaid roundels, signed, white painted dial with floral and strawberry ornamented spandrels, the arch also with floral painting, pierced steel hands, 8 day, two train brass movement with cast iron weights and brass clad pendulum
CONDITION: case finish has been removed, ready for a new finish. The panel in front of base has minor gaps, minor loss at upper right corner of cornice, bonnet door with minor loss to cross banding, plinth ornament below finial replaced, finial replaced, glue block detached but present, dial carefully cleaned, hands with minor bends, movement very dirty, ticks and strikes, pendulum good
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
DIMENSIONS: 94in x 19.5in x 11in
Ralph Eden, Liverpool, a late 18th century quarter striking tall clock, the mahogany case on ogee bracket feet, base with canted corners, applied panel with molded edge, figured veneers, and invected corners, the trunk with fluted quarter columns and door with shaped top and cast rococo style escutcheon, and the bonnet with fluted columns, break arch door and cornice molding, and broken arch cornice with gilt, carved rosettes above black, reverse painted glass panels with gilt ornament, and surmounted by a stepped plateau with turned finials and fluted plinths, brass composite dial with gilt spandrels, roman numeral silvered chapter ring with inner date chapter, geometric engraved center, and phases of the moon in the arch, pierced blued steel hands and blued beetle style hand for sweep day of month indicator, 8 day three train movement with Graham dead beat escapement and striking petit Viennese quarters on two bells, the fourth quarter struck at the hour followed by the hour on a larger bell, with three lead weights and brass clad pendulum
CONDITION: case refinished, with restoration and replacements, minor bumps and dings, left side of base with split and minor loss at back, rear left foot with loss, bolection molding missing from left side of case, left decorative glass in bonnet with repaired breaks, finials broken, some parts present, dial polished and resilvered, minor tarnish and discoloration, hands reglued, moon phase dial repainted, movement ticks and strikes, dirty, would benefit from service, one weight replaced
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
DIMENSIONS: 91in x 22in x 10.75in
John Ellison, Liverpool, a late 18th century striking tall clock, the mahogany case on ogee bracket feet, base with canted corners, applied panel with molded edge, figured veneers, and invected corners, the trunk with fluted quarter columns and door with shaped top and pierced brass escutcheon, and the bonnet with fluted columns, break arch door and molding, and broken arch cornice with blue reverse painted glass panels with gilt ornament, and surmounted by three brass finials, brass composite dial with gilt spandrels, roman numeral silvered chapter ring, matted and engraved center, and phases of the moon in the arch, pierced blued steel hands, 8 day two train movement striking the hours on a bell, brass clad weights and pendulum
CONDITION: case refinished, with restoration and replacements, bumps and dings, left side of base with splits and repair, right side of base with split, right side of trunk with split and repaired break, cornice with minor loss at right rear, reverse painted glasses repainted, finials replaced, dial polished and resilvered and with slight discoloration, movement dirty, ticks and strikes, weights with brass reinforcement at top
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $2000
DIMENSIONS: 90in x 21in x 9.75in
Joshua Wilder, Hingham, Mass., an early 19th century dwarf tall clock, the pine and mahogany veneered Roxbury style case with molded, bracket base, triple reed molded trunk door, slender turned columns flanking the bonnet door, and molded top with pierced fret and three finials, roman numeral white painted sheet iron dial with date display above 6:00, floral spandrels and floral ornament with bird in the arch, blued steel hands, 8 day weight driven time and strike movement, and brass clad pendulum with wire rod, and two lead weights
CONDITION: case refinished and with restoration, finials replaced, dial restored, hands good, movement clean, ticks and strikes, back plate with two unused threaded holes, pendulum rod with new suspension and adjusting screw
ESTIMATE: $4000 - $6000
DIMENSIONS: 49in x 11.125in x 5.5in
Germany, tall clock, 8 day, time, strike and chime on a nest of eight bells, playing Westminster or Whittington tunes, weight driven movement in a mahogany case with broken arch top with rosettes, center finial, full fluted columns flanking hood door over trnk with half fluter quarter columns flanking beveled glass set trunk door surmounted by carved sunburst all resting on a plinth with carved applied center and carved paw feet. The brass dial with moon phase has silvered chapter ring, moon phase ring, tune and strike / silent selector discs and subsidiary seconds disc and caset brass spandrels and dial center.
CONDITION: the fashionable and nicely carved case retains its original finish. There are locations for three finials, but only two are present, one of which is broken. Two pieces on risers to accommodate seatboard are broken off, one of which is present. There is a sliver of wood missing below hood, which is primarily concealed. No key for trunk door. The dial is missing a seconds and tune selection hand. High quality German movement marked "MB" strikes on a nest of bells.
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
DIMENSIONS: 98in x 22.5in x 16in
J.J. Elliott, London, England, hall clock, 8 day, time, strike and chime movement on the quarter hour playing Westminster, Whittington or St. Michael's tunes on nine tubular bells, in a mahogany case with full columns flanking hood and trunk door, beveled glasses on trunk on front and sides, all resting on pad feet. The brass dial has raised silver chapter ring and subsidiary seconds, all surrounded by ornately cast brass trim and spandrels with cast brass dial center, moon phase, tune and strike / silent selector rings.
CONDITION: the case retains its original finish with roughness below hood door and other minor age related scuffs and abrasions. The dial is in very good condition with some darkening to moon phase.
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
DIMENSIONS: 91.5in x 28in x 17in
J.J. Elliott, London, England, for Theodore B. Starr, New York tall clock, 8 day, time, strike on gongs and one tubular bell in a mahogany case with broken arch top over egg and dart molding, fluted columns flanking hood door, all over trunk inset with three oval beveled glasses and flanked by fluted columns, all resting on paw feet. The brass dial has raised silver chapter ring and subsidiary seconds, all surrounded by ornately cast brass trim and spandrels with cast brass dial center and moon phase.
CONDITION: the clock is in very good to excellent original condition and is a single family owned clock, descended in the family to its present owner. An engraved brass plaque commissioning the piece on inside of trunk door reads, "Clock Was Purchased Oct. 13, 1906 by Charles Elliot Mitchell, 54 Russell St. New Britain, Conn." The center finial is absent and there is some darkening to the silvering on chapter ring and moon phase.
ESTIMATE: $1600 - $2000
DIMENSIONS: 97in x 27in x 18in
England, tall clock, 8 day, time, strike and chime on a nest of eight bells, playing either Cambridge or Westminster tune, weight driven movement in an inlaid mahogany case with broken arch top with brass rosettes, three brass finials, brass Corinthian columns flanking hood door, over trunk and plinth inlaid with conch shell and fruit basket. The brass dial has silvered chapter ring, moon phase and subsidiary seconds with cast brass corner spandrels.
CONDITION: the case retains its original finish with minor chips and abrasions and some minor damage to left arch area surrounding rosette. THere is an age split below fruit basket on plinth. The dial is in good condition and slightly tarnished.
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1500
DIMENSIONS: 100in x 20in x 12in
Tall clock, probably English, 8 day, time, strike weight driven movement with Westminster chime on auxiliary movement, in an inlaid mahogany case with broken arch top, three wooden finials, full fluted columns flanking hood over tombstone trunk door with string and shell inlay, flanked by fluted quarter columns resting on a base with string and shell inlay and flared French feet. The unsigned painted metal dial has moon phase, date calendar and painted rose spandrels.
CONDITION: the clock is in very good condition and the movement appears clean and recently serviced. It has a smaller auxiliary movement mounted on the seat board to operate the rod chimes. The main movement, dial and case and may be early 19th century with the chime added about 1920. The English converted a number of older clocks to chime once chimes became popular. The seconds hand will need to be repaired at the post. This handsome tall clock will fit in most homes as it is less than 7 1/2 feet tall.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500
DIMENSIONS: 88in x 20in x 10.5in
Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn., "Hall Clock No. 23" Variant, 8 day, time and strike on gong, brass weight driven movement in an oak case with beveled glass trunk door and 12inch silvered metal dial
CONDITION: the case has been refinished and has a blotchy appearance. The catalog calls for a cathedral bell, but this movement strikes on a gong. The silvered dial is in fair condition with minor wear, and suspension is broken. This case is very simialr to the Hall Clock No. 23 but wtihout a scroll top and differently designed columns on the hood. Additionally, this variant has columns on the trunk and paw feet that the No. 23 does not posess.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500
DIMENSIONS: 95in x 28in x 13in