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.
Very fine original example of an early William Cummens banjo clock. Original dial is signed "Waranted by Wm. Cummens". This clock retains its original glasses with a beautifully executed battle scene from the War of 1812 in the lower box. The pendulum bob is viewed through a wonderful gold lyre shaped aperture. The “Patent” throat glass is extraordinarily colorful and in a style often found on William Cummens patent timepieces. There are three hairline fractures in the throat that have been professionally bonded and are barely visible. The clock retains its original fluted urn and spire finial (there is a crack on one side). The original painted iron dial is worn and has had some touch up to the white background primarily along the edges. One can easily make out the script name of ‘Wm. Cummens’ while the ‘Warranted by’ has worn off . The original steel barbed hands are also typical of William Cummens in that the arrow and barbs are shorter than those used by other Boston area clockmakers. The case retains its original finish and gilded surface on the frames. There is typical wear to the gilding but overall is quite nice. The box retains its original ‘L’ shaped screw to open and close the door as well as its original glue blocks. Original brass bezel and side arms. The original eight day brass movement has an off center ‘T’ bridge suspension, another typical characteristic of William Cummens, and mounts to the case with diagonal through-bolts.The original fillister head screws are missing which is often the case as this did not prove to be the strongest method of securing the movement over time. The movement is now attached with screws through the original holes in rear plate. Original Weight. This clock was purchased from a Charleston, South Carolina estate. A very colorful early gilt front banjo clock by one of the most important and prolific makers of the time, in original condition and with highly sought after War of 1812 glasses.
E. Howard & Company No. 9 Regulator
Boston Massachusetts - Ca. 1880
Outstanding Figure Eight Regulator with the excellent proportions of the #9 in this series. The original signed painted iron dial is immaculate and untouched with a wonderful E. Howard & Co. script signature. Original hands. All three glasses are original and undisturbed. The two lower reverse painted glasses are the best I have seen in this type of clock and are held in place by the original wood blocks and finishing nails. The form and color scheme is typical Howard and the red is a nice bright vibrant shade. The reds came in different shades with this being the most desirable. The reverse paintings are untouched and in superb condition. Original eight day brass movement embossed on front plate "E. Howard & Company Boston". Original gilded wooden pendulum rod, damascene brass pendulum bob and tie down hardware. The decoration on the pendulum bob is particularly bold and well done. These also were offered in different forms from just simple concentric circles to the top form which was this type of design (see detailed photos for close up). Original black painted weight baffle. The weight is engraved "4" which is often found in #9's. This practice regarding weight and movement #'s is often seen in Howard clocks as the same movement and weight combinations were commonly used in a different regulator series (i.e. Banjos and Figure Eights) . An inventory number of "15" is found on the head of the case, the rear of the dial mounting board and the back of the weight baffle. The fine walnut case is in very nice condition with the original surface which has been cleaned and well cared for over the years. As with so many of these clocks the weight cord did break at some point and the weight struck the bottom of the case. The construction of the lower case is designed to give way when this happens to spare the glasses but usually did not separate cleanly at the lower joint. This causes a crack in the side of the case which has been properly glued and mended on both sides. 37 1/4 inches. A very special example of this regulator in uniquely fine condition.
Seth Thomas Hotel Shelf Clock
Thomaston CT - 1888
Very fine Seth Thomas Clock Co. Hotel shelf clock. The case is made of solid mahogany and retains its original surface. These clocks were made in oak and mahogany, each of which also came in a cherry stained surface which is present on this clock and is the most desirable model of this rare shelf clock. Late in the 19th Century, the use of exotic and expensive woods used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries greatly decreased, so seeing a stained mahogany case from this period is not unusual. The original surface has a wonderful lively color and patina. The case sides include beautifully carved inset panels. The original painted zinc dial is signed "ST" and retains its original steel hands and seconds bit. There is some minor touch up to the dial particularly between the numerals VI and VII (see detailed photos). Original large eight day time and strike brass movement is embossed several times on the front plate by the manufacturer. Movement markings include "Seth Thomas Clock Co. Thomaston CT USA", "ST" and "Patented Dec 28, 1875". The large striking gong is also embossed "Patented May 9, 1880". The rear of the case is stamped with the date of manufacture in 1888 as well. Original beat scale in bottom of case. Original pendulum rod and brass bob. A superb example of this hard to find model in exceptionally fine original condition. Height 18 inches.