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  September 16, 2019
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Shelf Clocks​​

Asa Munger Stovepipe Shelf Clock

Auburn, N.Y.  Circa : 1825-1830

Exceedingly rare shelf clock made by Asa Munger in Auburn NY. While Asa Munger and the various partnerships he was involved with were prolific clockmakers for a number of years in various forms including tall case, wall, pillar and scroll and several variants of empire shelf clocks, there is no empire form that appears as seldom as the Stovepipe model. Three main categories of empire shelf clocks were made by Munger and his partnerships, the flat top case, carved and reverse painted glass top and side column cases, and the stovepipe. The flat top models were his most common with all the rest being quite rare but the wonderful carved and reverse painted glass top and side column models at least show up occasionally. Stovepipe models such as this one essentially do not show up. Clearly these cases were made in relatively small numbers and are extremely prized today.

This is a wonderful original example of the stovepipe model. It retains its original case surface with perhaps a very light cleaning. All of the case carvings are original including the splat, pineapple finials, upper rosettes and the upper and lower cups which receive the long hollow stenciled and paint decorated tin pipes through which the weights fall. The carvings on the clock are wonderfully done and with the exception of the upper rosettes are consistent with most other documented examples. The upper rosettes on these clocks are usually convex and round in form while this example has a concave and multi-sided carved design. One other documented example has a more square design, so clearly variants on the carvings were done. The tin columns retain their original black painted surface along with the original stencil and painted designs in a floral and leaf pattern. There is the expected pitting in the tin with age and some losses and fading to the colorful stenciled and painted patterns. The columns are still vibrant and most importantly untouched.

The clock also retains its original painted iron dial which attaches to the eight day brass movement with three dial feet. The painted surface of the dial is original and untouched including the fine signature of "Asa Munger, Auburn".  Slight wear to numerals and minor losses around dial feet as expected. Original steel hands and seconds bit. Most of the documented stovepipe examples do not have a signature on the dial nor a label inside the case. Of the other examples I have seen physically, only two were signed on the dial "A. Munger & Co., Auburn NY" while a third in a book is signed as this one is "Asa Munger, Auburn".  In the high period of his shelf clock manufacturing the succession of partnerships came fairly quickly from about 1825 to 1835 with A. Munger & Co. coming along in 1833 with his partners Thaddeus Benedict and Clarke Hotchkiss. As such, this example would be of earlier manufacture than the other signed examples while Asa was working on his own. He had a partnership with just Thaddeus Benedict from 1830 to 1832, prior to the addition of Clarke Hotchkiss.

The case hardware on the clock is also original with two hepplewhite brass pulls used to open the upper and lower doors. Original brass bezel. The deep borings in the wood of the upper door to make room for the bell and fly wheel are consistent with other examples I have seen. The lower door retains either a period or original mirror. These doors were so shallow that to my knowledge a wooden backboard was not used but just putty to hold in the mirrors. In this example the original putty has come loose or has been removed. There are traces of the original putty on both the lower door frame and back of the mirror, which is now held in place by more modern pins. The wall paper inside the lower part of the case is original and consistent with other examples. The flying eagle pendulum bob is missing in this example. 

Eight day brass time and strike movement is original to the case and sits on the original seat board. Weights are replacements.

Overall, this is one of the true gems out there in the Asa Munger Stovepipe category given its original condition and rare signed dial. A majestic and authentic piece from the highly desirable clock making history of Asa Munger in upstate NY

Price: Sold

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David Weatherly Bracket Clock 

Philadelphia PA. - Ca. 1810-1814

Mahogany Bracket Clock made by David Weatherly in Philadelphia with elegant form and in fine original condition.  This bracket clock has an American painted iron dial by Spencer Nolen in Boston and an American made eight day time and strike double fusee movement. The vast majority of bracket clocks of this Period sold with American makers names on the dial were fully manufactured in England and imported to American clock makers for retail sales, with most of these clocks being sold out of Philadelphia and New York City. Exceedingly few examples are seen or documented with American painted dials and American made movements.  Of the ones that are known, the dials tend to be quite plain with little to no color or decoration. This example by David Weatherly has the finest American dial I have seen on such bracket clocks and is signed by one of the finest dial painters of the Period, Spencer Nolan, on the front of the dial. While I have seen Nolen and other famous dial painter’s signatures, they are typically on the back of dials. Clearly Spencer Nolen was very proud of this dial.  Spencer Nolen painted for many of the best clockmakers but is most famously associated with the Willards.  Nolen worked in a few partnerships, but was on his own from 1810-1814 in Boston which defines the date range for this clock. David Weatherly worked in Philadelphia from 1805-1850 and was primarily a maker of tall case clocks. This would be one of his earliest pieces. 
The painted iron dial is original to the clock and the painted surface is in outstanding original condition. The original signature of “David Weatherly” is in bold script of the highest form, and is untouched, along with the “Philadelphia” block lettering. The very lower portion of the dial is signed “NOLEN” “BOSTON” in white lettering over a gilt decorated field. The white lettering has a fine shadow element applied to portions of the letter edges as well. All elements of this rare and important signature are original and untouched. The fine Roman hour numerals, Arabic minutes and second’s numerals, along with the fine chapter ring are also in untouched condition. The raised gesso gilt beaded design circling the outer chapter ring in the main portion of the dial and the “Strike/Silent” wheel in the lunette are indicative characteristics of Nolen’s work along with the shape of the raised gesso gilt designs below this wheel. Additionally, the extraordinary bursting mustard and red colors in the lunette are typical of Nolen’s work. The use of working figures of a cabinetmaker and blacksmith on a brick façade is beautifully done and portrays the industrial revolution taking place in this Country during the Period. Some wear to raised gesso gilt designs consistent with age. Tiny touch ups to beaded designs just beyond the numeral VII and to red in lunette in the same general area of the Time/Strike wheel. Original steel hands, seconds and time/strike bits. The fine formal hands have a wonderful open diamond shaped form. The dial connects to the clock movement by four brass dial feet. The four small round dial foot areas are nicely touched up. Paint loss on these areas is typically found on all dials which connect in this fashion as the paint does not adhere as well to brass as iron. This is one of the most impressive, exceptionally attractive and important dials I have seen on any American clock, and certainly the finest bracket clock dial I have ever seen without even a close second.
The clock retains its original large brass eight day time and strike double fusee movement. This movement is American made based primarily on study of the brass utilized, and form relative to other known examples.  There is documentation of these double fusee movements being made in the Philadelphia area by John Crowley, and he was likely not the single local source. This movement also has a rare and fascinating form of pinwheel escapement also known to be found in a bracket clock attributed to Griffith Owen of Philadelphia. The finished iron bell is engraved “George Ainsworth, Warrington”, who was an English bell and brass founder known to have supplied the trade in America with such elements. Original brass pendulum rod and bob. The movement sits upon its original thick pine seatboard. All of the glue blocks within the case are original to the clock.
The case is made of mahogany and mahogany veneers which are nicely figured. The case retains its original finish which has been cleaned and polished over the years. It has a multi-level edge molding on the arched top, three applied pad-moldings on the very top  and very fine brass front and rear feet.  All moldings on the arch are original, complete and in fine condition.  The upper three applied pads are each lined on all four sides with brass moldings and topped with a thin piece of mahogany veneer, which is original on the center and object left side. The veneer applied to the object right side pad was replaced at some point. The four brass feet are original to the case. All of the rounded brass moldings which appear on the inner edge of the front and rear doors and around the upper applied pads are original. There are very thin brass moldings which run the length of the front case edges which are original to the case along with the original brass handle on the very top of the central pad molding. The case retains the original front and rear mahogany veneered doors. Both clear glasses in these two doors are replaced and held in place with old but later putty. The two sidelight glasses are original and held in place by the original putty. The brass lattice work under the sidelights is original and typical of the form used on American bracket and other clocks. Fine red silk is applied to the inside of the lattice work which is appropriate to the Period and possibly the original material placed in this case. Multiple age cracks in original veneer on front and sides of very lower case board. Approximately 80% of the veneer on the rear of the lower case board was replaced at some point. Other minor case wear consistent with age. Thin dial mat is original with one minor small patch and some chips and wear to edges.

This very clock is pictured and documented in "Pennsylvania Shelf and Bracket Clocks 1750-1850 by Edward LaFond and J. Carter Harris" on page 113 , and featured in color on the back cover of the book. It also appears in a NAWCC Chapter No. 1 exhibit pamphlet "Mid-Eastern Regional Clock Exhibit, Philadelphia, October 26-28, 1972" as clock number 8.
Overall the finest American made bracket clock I have seen. The fine original condition and proportions of this early American clock, along with the extraordinary form and wonderful dial colors make this an extremely rare and important signed bracket clock.
Height 17 1/2 inches.

Price: Sold

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Aaron Willard Massachusetts Shelf Clock

Boston Mass. - Ca. 1820-1825

Wonderful and rare Massachusetts dish-dial shelf clock made by Aaron Willard in Boston.  Beautiful form and condition make this a very special clock. Original scrolled fret work and brass fluted urn and spire finial. Original concave painted iron dial is in in very nice shape and with original steel hands. Original eight day brass movement sits on original seat board. Original black iron weight. Outstanding original reverse painted glasses in the dial surround as well as the lower glass panel. Note anchors on a red background in all corner spandrels top and bottom and consistent black background with green, red and gilt floral designs.  Finding these glasses in original condition is virtually unheard of in early Massachusetts shelf clocks. Traditional landscape scene in center of lower glass.  Some minor touch up to sky and surrounding  landscape. Brass ball feet on front of case are consistent with typical original brass feet but are more likely turn of the century appropriate replacements. Wooden capitals above brass feet appear original. Original rear beehive molded wooden feet are dovetailed into case. This clock case has excellent color and a wonderful original finish that has just been lightly cleaned over the years. The wood strips and finishing nails holding the original reverse painted glasses are consistent top and bottom and show age but were likely replaced at the time clock case was cleaned. Original glue blocks line the hood and lower case. Original thin dial mat with original red wash with minor loss (cannot see unless hood is removed). Outstanding early Willard shelf clock with great presence, colors and form in fine original condition. A rare opportunity in early Willard clocks.
Price: Sold

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Eli and Samuel Terry Pillar and Scroll Shelf Clock

Plymouth CT - Ca. 1825

Very fine example of a classic pillar and scroll shelf clock by Eli and Samuel Terry. The clock case is in excellent original condition with an impressive original surface.  The original scroll top and lower base retain original glue blocks throughout. So many of these clocks are found today with major case problems. This example is simply outstanding with no breaks or cracks in the delicate scroll or apron details. Original painted wooden dial is outstanding with impressive Arabic numerals and a classic colorful design in the corner spandrels. Original Terry type hands. The upper right hand corner of the dial is engraved "ST" (Samuel Terry) which I have seen on numerous Eli and Samuel Terry labeled examples. Due to the fine research work done years ago by Snowden Taylor, we know that this was a means of separating the inventory of the various Terry family business partnerships. The lower glass is original and held in place by the original putty as is the upper clear glass. The lower reverse painting is of traditional style and has excellent form and colors depicting a large country manor, smaller out building and surrounding landscape and sky. The painting has been backed by a coat of paint which is a typical form of preservation found on many early wooden works clocks.  Original 30 hour wooden works movement. Original Terry type brass finials. The label is in nice condition and has been covered by clear plastic at some point for preservation. Just minor losses to paper label as expect with age. A classic and fine example of an attractive Terry family Pillar and Scroll Shelf Clock.
Price: Sold

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Joseph Ives Brooklyn Model Shelf Clock

Brooklyn New York - Ca. 1825

Lever Spring shelf clock made for a short period of time by Joseph Ives. This particular example is extremely rare in that it has the experimental wrought brass movement which Ives used in his earliest production of these interesting clocks. The eight day time and strike movement is driven by a large wagon spring located in the bottom of the case. He later used a large strap brass movement. The case styles on these clocks vary with this being the most sought after with two fully round painted side columns flanking a nicely curved mahogany veneered throat. This clock has its original signed dial which is comprised of paper applied to an iron dial pan. Original steel hands and pewter bezel. Dial has been varnished long ago and has darkened over time. Some losses to dial consistent with age. Wonderful original reverse painted lower glass depicting a large tea house, landscape and lake. Minor touch up to painting. Similar scenes are often found in the large mirror clocks which Joseph Ives also produced. Case retains its original finish. Original paper label, with some losses to bottom, reads " Manufactured by Joseph Ives, Brooklyn, Long Island, New York."  This very clock is pictured in Dworetsky and Dickstein's book Horology Americana on page 159. Very fine and unique shelf clock in original condition produced by one of the most innovative clockmakers of the period.
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J.C. Brown Acorn Clock -
Forestville Manufacturing Company

Bristol Connecticut - Ca. 1847

This very rare form was designed by J.C. Brown and produced by his Forestville Manufacturing Company. The case and side arms are made of multiple layers of laminated wood with alternating light and dark colors. The case surface is original and has a nice mellow patina. The case along with the curved sidearms are in very nice condition with just a couple of normal age cracks. The upper glass is original and retains the original reverse painted blue and gilt border. Original painted metal dial is undisturbed and is nicely signed "Forestville Manufact'g Co. Bristol CT U.S.A". Very fine period J.C. Brown hands. The lower reverse painted glass is also original and is in very nice condition with some minor touch up. The scene is the most classic one that is found in the few original examples that have surfaced over the years and is of  Lower Broadway in New York City.  Depicted on the left is the P.T. Barnum Museum (destroyed by fire in 1867) with St. Paul's Church (still standing) and a Federal building on the right along with horse drawn carriages, a pink sunset and blue sky above. The original glueblocks hold both glasses in place. Original lyre shaped eight day brass time and strike fusee movement. The wooden fusees are placed at the bottom of the case. Original blue wall paper on interior of backboard. This very clock is pictured in Horology Americana on page 169. Fine examples such as this simply do not come on the market often. This is truly a gem.
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Heman Clark Salem Bridge Shelf Clock

Plymouth CT - Ca. 1820

Excellent case on case shelf clock made by Heman Clark. The mahogany veneered case is in very fine condition and has been nicely refinished at some point. A couple of age cracks in the molding over the upper door. Three maple veneers across upper crest. Wonderful original painted iron dial is untouched with classic flowing script signature and colorful corner spandrels. Original hands and seconds bit. Original reverse painted lower glass depicts a country scene often found on these clocks. The clear glass over the dial is original as well. Both glasses are held in place by the original putty. Some minor tasteful touch up to lower painting is well done. Original eight day brass rack and snail Salem Bridge movement. Original cast iron weights. This example is particularly colorful with an attractive yellow, green and red exterior border in the lower glass, lively graining of the case surface along with the fine dial. A very elegant and difficult clock to find in this condition. 
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Norris North Pillar and Scroll Shelf Clock

Torrington Connecticut - Ca. 1825

Diminutive pillar and scroll clock made by Norris North. This clock case has wonderful proportions. Only 26 1/16 to the top of the center plinth and 12 13/16 across the main portion of the case excluding the turned pillars. The clock case is in excellent condition with original finish. The scroll top and lower skirt are complete and original with no breaks and all original glue blocks in place and undisturbed.  Beautiful original painted wooden dial with colorful corner spandrels and fine Arabic numerals. Original terry type hands.  Original reverse painted lower glass with manor and landscape scene and a classic gilt and pink border used by North in his clocks. We have seen this exact unique design in two other examples. There is touch up to portions of the sky and building which is extremely well done. Original clear upper glass. Original Torrington East West 30 hour wooden movement. Very nice full label is in very good condition. Finials are proper old replacements. Torrington pillar and scroll clocks, with their unique sizes and movement are quite rare and difficult to find in original condition. This is a very fine example with great proportions, surface and wonderful colors in the dial and glass.​
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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.
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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.
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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).
Price: Sold

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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.
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Seth Thomas Pillar and Scroll Shelf Clock

Plymouth CT - Ca. 1825

Very fine and colorful pillar and scroll clock made by Seth Thomas. This clock case has excellent proportions typical of Seth Thomas clocks of the period and a nice old mellow surface. The scroll top and base are complete and original with no breaks. A couple of replaced glue blocks in the base. Replaced escutcheon in door. Wonderful original painted wooden dial with colorful corner spandrels and fine Arabic numerals. Original Terry type hands. Outstanding original reverse painted lower glass with Greek Mythology scene depicting Venus, Cupid and young couple.  This type of scene is also found in prints and paintings over time signifying the beginning of a life together for young couples. Some tasteful touch up to painting. Replaced clear upper glass. Original 30 hour wooden movement. Original label is in good condition with some losses. Finials are proper replacements. Seth Thomas often used atypical scenes in the lower glass of shelf clocks and this is a particularly interesting example of that practice. Overall a very fine example with great proportions and colors.
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