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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Chauncey Jerome Papier Mache Botsford Timepiece Under Dome
New Haven CT - Ca. 1850
Outstanding Botsford Patent timepiece made by the Jerome Manufacturing Co. Papier Mache case with wonderful stenciling and Mother of Pearl. The case is in perfect condition with all designs present and with vibrant colors. Nice original label on back of clock case. One day brass marine escapement movement designed by S. N. Botsford. Excellent original red, yellow and green painted design on base. Original bullet dome, rope guide on base, and brass ball feet. Original porcelain dial is in excellent condition. Original hands. Simply a perfect example in outstanding condition.
John Taber Shelf Clock
Alfred or Saco Maine - Ca. 1825
Very rare and elegant Maine shelf clock by John Taber. The case, which is made of mahogany and birch has a wonderful patina and is in outstanding condition. Original scroll top is excellent with five original turned wooden finials. Original ball feet. Very finely reeded side columns flank each side of the case. Original painted wooden dial is in very nice condition. Some minor touch up to a couple of numerals is hardly noticeable. Very nice green five leaf design in corner spandrels. The rear of the wooden painted dial is initialed by the dial painter. Great original steel hands. Original eight day iron plate movement. Original weight. Nice original light blue paint in case interior. This very clock is pictured on page 69 of Joe Katra's NAWCC Bulletin Supplement on Southern Maine Clockmakers, figure 139. The mirror is period and may or may not be original. The inside of the case is impressed with the name Taft. It is not known if this was the casemaker or an owner.
The clock measures 37 inches in height by 12.5 inches wide. An exceptional early shelf clock
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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 Edgerly Banjo Clock
Roxbury MA - Ca. 1835-1837
Signed banjo clock with half round mahogany frames and bezel made in the earliest part of Sylvester Edgerly's clockmaking career once in business on his own. By 1838 he is working in Charlestown and later in Boston as well. Case surface is original and in nice condition especially for those who appreciate untouched surfaces. Nice original signed dial is in very good condition other than having been lightly varnished at some point. The signature, numerals and white painted surface are original and undisturbed. Original steel hands. Original eight day brass movement is mounted to the case with a rear center bolt. Some additional support to edges of rear plate to stabilize movement. Very nice original reverse painted glasses with mustard interior and gilt decorations including an eagle over the pendulum aperture, all on black exterior borders. The glasses are held in place by the original blocks and finishing nails. Original lead weight. This case never had sidearms. See similar examples in Paul Foley's book "Willards Patent Timepieces" on pages 46 and 69, one of which is also made by Edgerly. Original brass latches on lower door and upper bezel. Turned mahogany acorn finial is an appropriate replacement. A very good signed example overall in nice original condition.
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.
Eli Terry and Sons Pillar and Scroll Shelf Clock
Plymouth CT - Ca. 1825
Nice Terry and Sons Pillar and Scroll clock with rare original oval floral reverse painted tablet. This clock is a very good example with original case surface and nice colorful dial and glass. The scroll top and lower apron and feet are original and held in place with original glue blocks. There are repairs to the upper scrolls but all of the wood and veneer is original and has been neatly glued back in place. Two additional supporting blocks have been added behind each scroll for further support. Great original painted wooden dial with Arabic numerals and raised gilt and red designs in the corner spandrels. Original hands. Wonderful original lower reverse painted glass. This is the only original oval floral painting I have seen. All others have been reproductions. Label with some losses. Finials later replacements.
Mahogany round wood molded case banjo clock made by Joshua Seward. Seward was an apprentice to John Sawin and became a very prolific maker of banjo clocks in the first half of the 1830's. This example has a wonderful untouched original signed iron dial. Seward's signature is just above the six which is traditionally where his dials were signed, similar to many of Sawins. Original steel hands. The clock retains it's original reverse painted glasses which are nicely executed and colorful with the lower box featuring a rare labeled scene "A Calm." which shows the coming ashore of individuals in small boats following a storm which likely caused a ship wreck. Some minor touch up to the white throat border and old restoration to lower white box glass border. The wooden mounting tongue on the lower portion of the throat frame is missing and is now held securely to the case with two pins. Original eight day brass cotter pin mounted movement. This mounting scheme is seen often in Seward clocks. One of the cotter pin screws is missing and was replaced by a regular wood screw in the original mounting hole. Original brass sidearms. Nice original gilded acorn finial. Very fine period signed banjo clock in nice original condition with a very special lower glass.
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.