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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Cyrus Whitcomb Gilt Front Banjo Clock
Stow, Massachusetts - Ca. 1830
Very nice signed gilt front banjo clock made by Cyrus Whitcomb. Cyrus was the son of Asaph Whitcomb, both working in Stow Massachusetts with Asaph also working a period of time in Concord. While Cyrus was not as prolific a clockmaker as his father, we have seen two other banjo clocks by Cyrus Whitcomb and all three have been signed exactly like this one and had similar overall form. This clock retains its original painted iron dial which is in undisturbed condition. The dial mounts to the case with two bent screws. The signature is wonderful on this clock. The original brass eight day movement attaches to the case with two diagonal screws through the backplate with a cotter pin mounting scheme. Nice original steel barbed hands. Both the throat and the box glass are original to the clock and have very nice colors. The lower depicting a woman on stage with curtains on either side. The pendulum aperture interestingly is on the inside portion of each of her arms. The throat has a Patent banner and a nice gilt design with red and green interior colors. There has been some touch up to both the throat and box glasses. Original brass sidearms with a wide sweeping curve similar to the clocks made in the neighboring town of Concord. Original brass bezel and the original bezel glass over the dial. Gilding on case is in nice condition with all turned rope molding present. Case is in fine condition with all the original glueblocks. Original weight pan and curved tie down bar. Very fine period brass urn and eagle finial. Overall a very nice signed clock in very good original condition.
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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.
Unsigned Gilt Front Banjo Clock
Concord, Massachusetts - Ca. 1820-1825
Very impressive and early gilt front banjo clock with picture frame molded box and throat frames. These type of frames where used on clocks throughout New England. This clock has wonderful original reverse painted glasses with the lower box glass depicting Father Time. The colorful designs in the glasses are extraordinary and are most uniquely found in Concord banjo clocks. The original painted dial is made of heavy iron and has beautifully executed Arabic numerals. The dial surface is outstanding and untouched. The clock has superb original steel barbed hands with a unique diamond shape on the lower portion of both the hour and minute hands. This style of hands is very unusual. See similar example on a thermometer throat banjo clock on page 123 of Paul Foley's book "Willards Patent Timepieces." Original eight day brass T-Bridge movement attaches to the case with a single rear center bolt. Note the cutouts in the head in the close-up photos which was a typical Concord feature. Original brass bow-tie pendulum tie down. Very nice period acorn finial on the original tall chimney. Brass bezel is original. Period sidearms are very nice replacements. Some minor touch up to box and throat glasses and there is a professionally bonded vertical crack on the left object side of the box glass which is extremely tight and may be difficult to see in the pictures. Original glueblocks throughout the case. An extremely handsome and colorful early banjo clock with traditional Concord features.
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.
New Haven Clock Company Flying Pendulum Clock
New Haven CT - Ca. 1883
Outstanding example of a novelty clock made under the label of Jerome & Co. by the New Haven Clock Co. for a very short period following the patent in 1883. This clock company made clocks for a number of years for Chauncey Jerome towards the end of his life and continued to use the name for a period of time following his death in 1868. These clocks are also referred to today as "Ignatz" clocks which was a name later used by collectors after an early Bulletin article was written and in the article the writers small son had told him the clock looked like a comic strip character of the time named Ignatz. These clocks were offered in different surfaces and brass configurations but very few good examples come on the market today and many are confused by a great number of reproductions made in the mid 20th century. This clock is an original period example in superb condition. The case is oak and retains it's original surface. All brass components are original and present. The clock runs with a spring driven movement which winds from the back of the clock. The swing of the upper arm causes a little metal ball on string to wind and unwind around the outer posts on top of the clock which turns the center post which causes the movement to actually run. The delicate wiring and small metal ball are original. The decorative side rings and shaped brass feet are also original. The clock has it's original paper dial with Jerome & Co. signature and the patent date of October 9, 1883. Original spade hands. Some expected minor age cracks in case which are present on almost all of these period examples that I have seen. Likely due to the thin case and of course the age. Clock measures about 10 1/4 inches in height to the very top of the little center finial. A perfect period example of this rare novelty clock.
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.