Nice original example of a New Hampshire mirror clock made by Abiel Chandler. The clock is signed on the dial "A. Chandler". The clock has a very unusual and rare movement with long narrow plates and just two posts. This movement is pictured in another Abiel Chandler mirror clock in Charlie Parsons book on New Hampshire clocks on page 200. Parsons notes that the clock shown in his book is the only one he had observed with this movement. This is a wonderful looking movement and is in good running order and is original to the clock. Excellent original reverse painted glass over the dial. The painting exhibits the classic flame turned design found in similar New Hampshire mirror clocks. The glass has wonderful colors of dark and light green, red and gilt designs. There is a crack in the lower left corner which has been professionally bonded and is very tight. The glass is held in place by the original glue blocks. The case retains its original gilt and black painted surface and the original brass rosettes on each of the four corner blocks. The painted iron dial is untouched and is original to the clock. The signature is worn but can be read. Nice original steel hands. The clock case is an excellent and desirable small size measuring 30 inches long by 14 inches wide. The clock also retains its original mirror and pine backboard which holds the mirror in place. The original nails and glue blocks are all present. Very nice example of a signed mirror clock in completely original and remarkably undisturbed condition with excellent proportions and wonderful colors.
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Sylvester Clark Salem Bridge Timepiece
Salem Bridge, CT - 1831-1834
Exceedingly rare Sylvester Clark timepiece shelf clock. While many Salem Bridge Shelf Clocks were rather large in size, Sylvester Clark made at least two undersized/miniature versions, including this model which is 33 inches to the top of the pediment and only 23 inches to the bottom of the pediment. We have seen one example of a similar case that is slightly shorter at 19 inches in height (no pediment). An example of this exact case style, without the pediment and finials is shown on page 43, fig. 59 in NAWCC Supplement #13-Salem Bridge clocks. That clock is 23 inches in height. It also houses the same movement as this clock which is shown on page 44 figure 61 of the Supplement. This clock case retains its original finish and is made of mahogany veneer over pine with string inlay on the flat pilasters on either side of the door, fully rounded mahogany sides, and tiger maple panels in the base. There is an original mirror in the middle section. The reverse painted glass of a village scene in the pediment is original and is untouched with no in-painting. While it has a number of cracks in it, it has been nicely put back together and is supported by an additional piece of glass over the front. The three finials are original to the clock. The original painted wooden dial winds just right of the numeral VI, and is in untouched condition with original Connecticut “sun and moon” hands. The classic misspelled Clarke label is pasted onto the backboard. The original eight day brass beautiful miniaturized movement is held in place by two wood pieces screwed to the channel stiles in the case. The sides of the brass movement fit into slots in the wood supports. There is a 60 tooth escape wheel held in place by a longitudinal metal bridge, a 1/2 seconds pendulum, and a main wheel with large round holes instead of spokes. This type of Salem Bridge clock is essentially never seen. Wonderful small Salem Bridge Timepiece in completely original condition.
Joseph Ives Ogee Shelf Clock
Plainville CT - Ca. 1841
Very rare shelf clock made by Joseph Ives. This unique eight day shelf clock was made for a very short period of time and sold only by Joseph Ives himself or Hills and Goodrich with movements designed by Joseph Ives. The clock features wonderfully gilded columns and a gilded carved crest inside the case surrounding the original round painted metal dial. The painted dial surface is original and untouched. Original steel hands. The interior of the upper part of the case is painted a light blue to highlight the gilded decorations. The interior blue paint is original to the clock. The gilding on the columns and the carved crest is original and in wonderful condition as well. The clock has it's original eight day brass Ives patent rolling pinion movement housed in a brass canister secured to the back of the case. There are two side mirrors inside the case each running next to the round gilded columns which are also original to the clock. The upper and lower glasses are original to the clock with the lower original reverse painted glass depicting a labeled scene of the Merchants' Exchange in Philadelphia and surrounding city street scene with horse drawn carriages at sunset. The painting also features two side borders with wonderful greek revival columns. These particular style side borders were uniquely used in the Ives ogee clocks. The painting is in very nice condition with restoration to side columns, very upper portion of building and sky. The clock also retains it's original slanted weights which were cut to fit inside the upper part of the case behind the area where the side mirrors are mounted. The mahogany veneered case surface is excellent and appears original with a few normal chips and age cracks. It has been well cared for and has very lively graining. These clocks are seldom seen in general but one almost never finds this clock with a Joseph Ives label. Those that do surface usually have a Hills and Goodrich label. The label has some losses but the critical parts are present and stable and now under protective plastic cover. A very impressive and handsome clock in nice original condition.
Grant and Loring Stencil Front Banjo Clock
Boston Massachusetts - Ca. 1828
Rare and original signed stenciled frame banjo clock. This clock was made by the partnership of William Grant and Henry Loring who were together in business for only one year in 1828. William Grant was a very well known and documented clock maker both before and after this partnership with Loring. The clock is nicely signed on the dial "Grant and Loring, Boston". This very clock is pictured and described in detail in Paul Foley's "Willards Patent Timepieces" on page 140 and further on page 259. The original painted iron dial surface is untouched.including the fine signature. Original steel barbed hands. The clock retains its original reverse painted glasses which are in fine condition. The throat has a gilt red and green foliate design with a white exterior border very typical to the Boston area clocks and the box glass has a nice country scene with a matching white exterior border and gilt and red interior border. There is some minor touch up to the white border on the throat glass. Original stenciled frames have a nice vibrant color which can be seen in the close up photos. The surface of the frames is undisturbed. Original brass sidearms and bezel. Brass ball and spire finial is an appropriate replacement. Original eight day brass movement. Very clean and fine early signed banjo clock with rare stenciled frames.
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George Marsh and Co. Hollow Column Shelf Clock
Bristol CT - Ca. 1832
Impressive Empire shelf clock with Joseph Ives Patent eight day brass strap movement. This clock was manufactured for George Marsh by one of the Joseph Ives Companies, likely during the partnership of Birge and Ives. This very clock is pictured in Brooks Palmers "The Book of American Clocks" figure 216. The clock has a rich crotch mahogany veneered case which retains its original surface, perhaps just lightly cleaned. All components of the case are original including the carved splat, turned wooden bezel and carved paw feet. There is one small section (about two inches in length) of the bezel which is nicely repaired just above the numeral 3. The unique case design has the weights traveling through the round fully veneered hollow side columns. Excellent original painted round wooden dial with bold Arabic numerals, raised gilt gesso designs and gilded chapter ring, is untouched. Nice period mirror in dial opening. Original steel spade hands. Wonderful original Joseph Ives Patent eight day time and strike strap brass movement. Original lower glass now held in place by later wooden strips. The black and gilt border has normal lifting and flaking in sections. The central scene is a very old restoration, probably about 100 years old. The glass has a tight vertical crack which runs down the right side near the tree. The scene is a very nice country manor by the sea with landscape and ship on the horizon. The glass was just as you see it now back in 1959 when the clock was published in Brooks Palmers Book. Large original label in excellent condition. Original weights. 37 Inches in height. Ex- Frank Beaven collection and later Peter Zaharis collection (sold several years prior to 2001 sale of his collection).
Aaron Willard Sr. Banjo Clock
Boston, Massachusetts - Ca. 1810-1815
Very early and impressive gilt front banjo clock signed by Aaron Willard Sr. While Simon, his father, and Aaron Jr., his son, made many banjo clocks, Aaron Sr. focused far more on Tall Case clocks and Massachusetts shelf clocks. Very seldom does one come across an Aaron Sr. banjo clock. Of the few Aaron Sr.'s that I have come across over the years, each has been uniquely signed over the top of the center arbor, as this clock is. The clock exhibits all the earliest features including T-bridge suspension, large throughbolt mounted movement, heavy iron dial, outstanding proportions and thin uniform head. Also exhibits very early style of glass paintings which are shown in Paul Foley's book "Willard's Patent Timepieces" on pages 29 and 189 from a Simon Willard clock. This clock has it's original painted iron dial with signature, numerals and white painted background undisturbed. Original hands. Original eight day brass movement mounted to case with diagonal throughbolts and T-Bridge suspension. Original gilding on turned rope molded frames with just some very minor repairs to original rope molding. Original large turned gilded acorn finial. Original reverse painted glasses with wonderful colors and designs on an interior mustard and red field, with thin mult-colored exterior border on box and throat glasses. The glasses have been over-painted on the backs to preserve the paintings at some point. Tight corner crack in lower left object side of box glass. Original weight. Original brass sidearms and bezel. This particular clock was in a private collection on the South Shore of Connecticut for about 30 years before surfacing recently for sale. Wonderful early Willard banjo clock, and one of the few Aaron Sr. banjo clocks that is actually correct.
Henry Terry & Co. Glass Splat Stenciled Shelf Clock
Plymouth Ct. - Ca. 1835
Rare and wonderful example of a glass splat stenciled case wooden works clock by Henry Terry. Very few of these clocks are found today. These glass splats are very unique and were offered in place of the far more traditional stenciled wooden splats. This particular clock is in excellent condition with four original glasses, including both upper stenciled splats, clear upper glass and the highly decorated lower glass. The lower glass depicts a castle in the central scene, lyre decoration around the pendulum aperture along with traditional stenciled designs in the exterior border. Original painted wooden dial is in untouched condition. Typical Henry Terry type hands are also original. Label is in outstanding condition. Original stencil on half round side columnsis in excellent condition. Small sliver of glass missing in very upper right object glass splat and tight corner crack in lower tablet. Both are barely noticeable. This is one of the very special 30 hour wooden works clock one finds. This clock case is full sized at 31 1/2 inches tall by 17 1/4 inches wide. Very colorful and rare wooden works clock in excellent original condition. Truly a rare find.
Seth Thomas Clock Company for Ball Watch Co., Cleveland, Ohio - Ca. 1890
Seth Thomas Regulator No. 3 in oak produced for the Ball Watch Company, Cleveland Ohio. These clocks were used primarily for the railroad companies. This clock is an outstanding example in excellent original condition. The case finish is original and has been well cared for over the years. The lower moldings, upper and lower drop finials and gilt design around the lower glass are original. There is an 1/8 inch missing from the narrow tip of the object left lower drop finial, hardly noticeable. The clear glasses over the dial and in the lower door are original and untouched. The zinc painted dial is original, untouched and nicely signed "Ball Watch Co. Cleveland". Original hands including seconds bit. One minor chip between the center arbor and the numeral 9. Original eight day brass movement is embossed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company and indicates the #3 regulator as well. Original brass weight, pendulum bob, beat scale and black painted pendulum rod. Wonderful original Ball Clock Company Label in bottom of clock in fine condition. These clocks simply do not come any finer than this example.
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Joseph Windmills Bracket Clock
London - Ca. 1720
Ebonized ‘inverted bell-top’ English bracket clock with four urn and flame brass finials and shaped brass handle. This clock was made by Joseph Windmills and retailed by John Gordon. Windmills, a well known London clock and watch maker, became a member of the Clock Guild in 1671 and continued his clock making at several London locations until 1723. John Gordon, a contemporary of Windmills, was a London retailer and clockmaker, who apprenticed in 1689 and died circa 1732.
The arched glazed dial door has molded inset quarter panels at the top, an applied brass anthemion at the bottom, and ornate brass escutcheons on both side panels of the door. The side-lights with brass fretwork backed by red cloth contains rococo scrolling with a Clergical figure at the center. The brass dial, signed in the lunette, ‘John Gordon, London’ is surrounded by engravings of cornucopia. "Herringbone" engraving is seen on the edge of the main dial (pre 1730 feature). There is a silvered Roman hour chapter, closed minute ring to the outside with Arabic markers placed every five minutes, a quarter hour ring to the inside of the hour chapter, as well as Fleur-de-Lys half hour markers attached to the quarter hour chapter (pre 1720-25 feature). There are brass spandrels, each with a large Crown supporting a small Maltese Cross (a circa 1710-1720 feature). A mock pendulum aperture is seen in the matte brass dial center as well as a square calendar aperture and original skeletonized steel hands.
The solid brass plate, eight day time and strike movement with knopped brass pillars, has double chain driven fusees, anchor escapement and a short pendulum with heavy brass bob. The back plate is fully engraved with scroll-work and exhibits a bold flowing script signature, "Jos Windmills London".
The clock is in good working order. The anchor escapement is a later change from the original crown wheel. The ‘pull repeat striking’ has also been removed but the plate retains the pivots for a replacement, if so desired. There are the expected age cracks in the case as well as the wooden dial mat. A small piece of ebonized veneer is missing on one side (see close up photos). The red cloth in the back of the clock is mostly replaced with a bit of the original remnants. There is one crack in the upper part of the clear glass in the rear door (hard to see in photos).
True Ebonized Bell-Top Bracket Clock made by Edward Hines, a clock and watchmaker as well as a brass founder and tin worker. Hines died in 1780. Long case, grandmother and bracket clocks by Hines are known.
A flat cornice overhangs the rectangular glazed dial door with inset cloth-backed brass fretwork above the arched dial. There are large astragal-shaped side-lights with ebonized fretwork in floral designs backed by red cloth. The case sits on nicely shaped brass bracket feet.
The single piece arched brass dial has a large boss inscribed "Edw Hines, Needham" flanked by scrolled brass spandrels. The main dial has a silvered Roman hour chapter ring with floating diamond half hour markers and a quarter hour ring to the inside, a matte brass dial center, original skeletonized steel hands and applied goddess head brass spandrels (used circa 1740-1760).
The eight day brass time and strike movement has solid brass plates, powered by two fusees with overhead striking on a silvered bell, crown wheel escapement and short pendulum with knife edge suspension and original small bob. The back plate is heavily engraved with scrollwork and signed in script "Ed Hines, Needham Market".
The clock is in good running order. Small chip to the right shoulder of the black wooden dial mat. Feet are appropriate replacements in proper form. The red cloth backing of the brass and ebonized fretwork on the case has been restored. The black Roman numerals have had some strengthening.