Longcase/Tallcase/“ Grandfather ” Clocks

JUL-615
$19,000

~PRICE REDUCED~
$18,000

Elliott of London Eight-Bell Calendar Tallcase

Elliott of London Eight-Bell Calendar Tallcase ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Elliott of London clocks are considered among the highest quality timepieces ever manufactured. Elliott manufactured and exported both whole clocks and movements, and they partnered with noted American clockmaking firms such as Walter H. Durfee of Providence RI.

This signed clock is a sterling (no pun) example of excellence in design and workmanship, from the claw feet on the base to the detail in the finials on top to the incredible eight-bell, five-gong movement that is built like a British tank ready for the North African Campaign!

This clock clearly lived a life of luxury with one family in PA and is now available for your consideration.

Physical: The mahogany case, which measures 24"w x 102"h x 16.5"d is in excellent physical condition and bears the original finish. The hand-painted moon dial was recently restored by the Dial House, the famous dial-painting firm of Martha Smallwood.

Mechanical: The eight-day deadbeat, retaining-power chiming moveme
nt was serviced in 2013 and is in excellent running condition. Note the very thick plates in the movements of the photo. Also, that it features a selectable nest of bells and a series of coiled gongs for the chime and one very large coiled gong for the (deep, BIG Ben sound) hour strike. There are subsidiary dials on the time dial that allow chime tune selection (Westminster and Whittington) and the ability to turn the strike on/off.

Although the nested bells and multiple gongs are not found frequently, even more rare is the built-in calendar mechanism which operates properly on this clock.

Comments: This is a magnificent piece of mechanical engineering. Beautiful, unusual. Ready for that special spot, perhaps in the entry to your home. Feel free to call with any questions and to arrange purchase. We will assist you in arranging blanket-wrap moving for this clock with people who specialize in moving high-end antiquities.

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Description

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Front Right
Crown
Upper 3/4
Upper Left
Upper Right
Trunk Left
Case Detail
Base
Dial
Weights
Pendulum Bob
Movement - Left
Movement - Right



KBP-01
$25,000

~PRICE REDUCED~
$22,500

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, c.1884

1884 Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ships from So US

1884 Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15 - Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy(Original Catalogue Drawing)

 

Here is a wonderful opportunity to own a spectacular and extremely difficult-to-find Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, that is date-stamped "Sep 30, 1884" on the movement.

There were multiple iterations of this case (click catalogue pic to see all three) starting in 1879 through about 1886. The dial board on this clock matches the middle photo in the trio, and the dimpled pendulum
jar that of the drawing you see just to the left. Seth Thomas, like the other CT clockmakers of the era, was very flexible about meeting the custom order needs of their clients; you could have just about whatever you wanted as long as you could pay for it!

Physical: The beautiful walnut case bears its original finish. This clock has really been cared for during its 125+ years and is in wonderful overall physical condition.

The case measures 29.5"w x 100"h x 12"d. The glass has no imperfections, so we assume that it was replaced at some point in its life.
The 14" silvered and engraved dial is in excellent original physical condition as you can see in its photo. The very desirable dimpled mercury jar is original as is the pendulum, clamshell pulley weight and beat plate. Note that there is a locking door in the base; maybe you can store the cash you're saving up for your next clock in there?

Here's what the original catalogue said about this regulator:

"Walnut case, 8-day, weight, time. 14-inch silvered dial that is engraved, filled, silvered and lacquered, and attached to movement. Rod is made of steel, with mercury in glass jar. The stirrups for holding the jar are gilded."


Mechanical: The eight-day time-only movement has nickeled plates, and a jeweled verge, was professionally cleaned in January 2012 and is in excellent running order, ready for years of great service for you. As noted above, it is stamped "Sep 30, 1884" on the plate. Seth Thomas collectors and most technicians will tell you that this is the finest movement the firm ever manufactured. It is a precision jeweled-pallet movement and also a piece of art in the process!

Packing/Shipping: This will be handled by one of our blanket-wrap movers who specialize in moving furniture and antiquities. They will pick it up inside at its present location and deliver it inside to your home or office.

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Description

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Front View
Front Left
Upper View - 1
Upper View - 2
Upper Left
Upper Right
Crown
Right Side
Middle - Door Open
Base - 1
Base - 2
Base - Open
Base - Right
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Dial - 3
Dial - Closeup
Pendulum Jar
Pendulum/Weight
Movement
Movement Date - 1
Movement Date - 2

ADD'L PHOTOS:

Our consignor graciously supplied us with some additional photos of the movement. They were taken in an area without a neutral-colored background so they may be a bit visually confusing. But we wanted you to have the opportunity to see as much of this magnificent jeweled-pallet movement as practical. As with those above, these are very large photos, so may take awhile to load. Happy Viewing!


Description

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Movement - 02
Movement - 03
Movement - 04
Movement - 05
Movement - 06
Movement - 07
Movement - 08
Movement - 09
Movement - 10
Movement - 11
Movement - 12
Movement - 13
Movement - 14


Comments: This is an extraordinary piece waiting for a special showplace. Will that be your home or office? Our consignor just authorized a significant price reduction. There are not a lot of these clocks out there, and this is the nicest one that we've ever seen. Best movement Seth Thomas made, which makes it a very precise time-keeper even after 130 years!

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Reference Books
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.376
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.405

Clock books are available from Arlington Books.

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DFE-02
$21,500
Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

Here is another fabulous clock by Walter H. Durfee of Providence, RI for your consideration. This one is a variant of the popular Pattern 18 and done is a rich solid mahogany with hand-carved "flame" finials, unique Durfee hinges, and signatures in all the right places.

Physical: The mahogany case with swan pediment and Corinthian columns bears its original finish and is in excellent physical condition as you can see in the myriad of photos below. It measures 27"w x 100"h x 17"d.

It sits on hand-carved lion claw feet that are in excellent condition. The 12" diameter dial with seconds bit was recently professionally resilvered. It has applied gilt-bronze Arabic numerals, engraved frets, and silvered engraved chapters including the hemispheres, and a moon dial. The dial is signed "James E. Caldwell & Co ~ Philadelphia".

James Emmett Caldwell was born in 1813 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He learn the jewelry trade by apprenticing with Peter B. Hayes After completing his training he went to work in New York City and then moved to Philadelphia. In 1839 he opened his own shop. It is estimated that the partnership with Mr. Bennett began in 1839. Then between 1848 and 1856 John C. Farr was Caldwell's partner.


Prior to circa 1860, Caldwell advertised that they manufactured silver flatware and holloware. After, the advertising dropped the word "manufacturer". It seems that from circa 1860, the company focused on being retailer of silver rather than a manufacturer. Soon J. E. Caldwell & Co. become one of the major jewelry and silver retailers in Philadelphia.

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy


James E. Caldwell ran the business until he died in 1881. His son, J. Albert Caldwell, ran the business until his death in 1914 and he was succeeded by his son J. Emmett Caldwell.

Mechanical: The eight-day tubular bell chiming movement was professionally overhauled in 2012 and is in excellent running order. It plays the Westminster and Whittington ("8 Bells") with tunes selectable on a subsidiary dial. A second subsidiary dial allows the chimes to be be turned off. The top of the plate, the back of the moon dial, and the tubular chimes are all stamped with the correct Durfee marks as you can see in the photos above.

Comments: Durfee hall clocks have long been sought after by serious collectors because of their beauty and unchallenged quality. They are found in both homes and offices, perhaps yours? A phone call will start the process. We'll handle all the details related to shipping.

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Description

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Front Right
Upper Left
Upper Right
Crown
Finial
Lower Right
Lower Section
Hinge
Moon Dial - 1
Moon Dial - 2
Dial
Dial Signature
Movement S
ignature
Moon Dial Signature
Tubular Chime Signature
Weights/Pendulum
Movement - 1
Movement - 2

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.144

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DFE-01
$21,500

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From CA

(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here's another great clock by the famous Walter H. Durfee of Providence, RI., long considered one of the deans of American tallcase manufacturing, and an early pioneer and entrepreneur of tubular chimes. Pattern 18 was the most popular of the styles Durfee sold.

This clock was retailed by the famous jewelry firm of
Bailey, Banks and Biddle,, which first opened its doors as Bailey and Kitchen in 1832. Catering to modish Philadelphians, the firm sold fashionable jewelry as well as silverware and precious objects. In 1846, one of the original owners, Joseph Trowbridge Bailey, invited his brother into the business. In 1878, Joseph’s son, Joseph Bailey II, forged a partnership with two other jewelers: George Banks of J.E. Caldwell and Samuel Biddle of Robbins, Clark, & Biddle. The result was Bailey, Banks, and Biddle. Today the firm is owned by Zales Corporation. Click here for a more extensive history.

Physical: The beautiful oak case with "swan-neck" pediment and barley-twist flanking columns measures approximately 27"w 100"h x 17"d and features intricately carved details and moldings, raised panels on the base and sides and precisely carved front feet.

It retains its original finish, finials, hand-carved capitals, as well as elaborate escutcheons and beveled glass in both doors. The 12" diameter dial (recently professionally resilvered) with seconds bit has applied gilt- bronze Arabic numerals, engraved frets, and silvered engraved chapters including the hemispheres, and a moon dial.


Two subsidiary dials allow selection of "Chime on Eight Bells" or "Westminster" and chime on or off. A painted moon dial shows two moons, a sailing ship and a landscape.

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(dial signature closeup)

Mechanical: The eight-day signed tubular-chime movement has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order. It is appropriately signed on the top of the plate and on the back plate.

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee signature on movement plate Chime Tune Selector

Comments: We are fortunate to have this and several other Durfees (some pending postings) to offer to you. These are all top-of-the line clocks and ready for years of great service for you. We got a great deal on the price of this one and are delighted to pass it on to you. Give us a call to make one your own.

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Description

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Front View
Head
Head Right
Trunk
Trunk - Right
Trunk Open
Hinge - 1
Hinge - 2
Upper Escutcheon
Trunk Escutcheon
Base
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Dial - 3
Dial Signature - 1
Dial Signature - 2
Mvt Top Signature
Mvt Back Signature


Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.151

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DER-09
$14,500

Ship From So CA
(this photo does not do the clock justice!)

Rare Highly Carved Korfhage Tallcase in Oak,
with Calendar Subsidiary Dial, c.1890-1900

Here is a spectacular example of the work of Charles Korfhage, whose workshop was located at 12 Dutch Street in New York City. We don't know a lot about Charles Korfhage, but we do know that he held multiple patents on clock movements. He sold the movement in this tallcase clock in his wholesale catalogue for $52. We were delighted to find this clock in Tran Duy Ly's Longcase Clocks and Standing Regulators book (1994).

Here's what Korfhage says in his catalogue:
"The Superiority of my Improved Movements (his punctuation, not ours), which have stood the test of time, consists not merely in having Dead-beat Escapement, Maintaining Power, Full-toned Gongs and Fancy Dials, but in simplicity of construction which has been achieved by an experience of many years of practical work and by means of best machinery adopted to this work.

"My Movements are above comparison with any other make either American or European, in material, workmanship and general excellence of appearance, as all parts are highly-polished and finely-finished throughout, and are a wonderful advance over the 'Old Timers;' in fact the Movements when put in the Cases give the most handsome appearing and best time-keeping Clocks suitable for any appropriate location that can be made."
(Whew... that guy believed in himself!)


Physical: As you can see, this case is the result of the craftsmanship of a master cabinetmaker in every detail. It is simply a spectacular piece, measuring 23"w x 97-98" tall (hard to tell without a ladder) x 17.5"d. The width measurement is at the widest place on base. The case was professionally restored by rubbing out, overcoating with shellac (as originally used), then rubbing out again. It is in excellent condition as is the original 12" dial with two different hand-painted scenes on the moon dial.

Mechanical (again from the actual original catalogue description):
"The Chime Gongs are made of the finest cold-rolled imported flat-steel wire, tuned and mounted on a brass stand, fitted in the case with my improved Sounding-Board which re-inforces the tone.

"The Pendulum is fitted with a double suspension spring (such as used on Fine Regulators) hung on pivots, and the Pendulum Bob is made of brass, finely finished and suspended on a seasoned wood rod.

"The Weights are of lead, covered with finely finished brass shells or Cylinders which can be removed when necessary."

The eight-day time and gong-strike movement (see catalogue description above) was professionally overhauled in 2004 and is in excellent running order. It strikes the half hour and hour on a large coiled gong.

There is also a subsidiary calendar dial on the clock that is in excellent running order.

Shipping: Shipping-related charges are paid directly by you to the provider. We will arrange to have our blanket-wrap mover deliver it right to your front room. They have a great track-record with us and the cost is surprisingly low, especially when compared to crating/trucking. We will be happy to get a quote for you if that is a consideration in your decision-making process.

Comments: This is a tremendous tallcase clock... its quality speaks for itself. The casework is spectacular. If you've been seeking just the "right clock" for your entryway, or perhaps family room/den, this would be one to seriously consider. A piece of American history, an incredible piece of workmanship. Give us a call to make your arrangements.

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Description
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Front View
Crown Closeup
Bonnet
Bonnet Side Closeup
Upper Left Detail
Upper Right Detail
Claw Foot
Base
Base Closeup
Dial
Moon Dial
Weights
Pendulum Bob

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.314

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PLU-02
$10,500



Seth Thomas Hall Clock No 21 in Old Oak Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From Vista, CA

Seth Thomas Hall Clock No.21
in Old Oak, c.1894

It's a treat to occasionally see one of these Seth Thomas clocks. Because of their length, it is extremely difficult, without professional photo lighting (which we don't have) to get a great full-length photo. So look at the front shot, but study the others (additional photo have been added to the original listing to try and clarify the color of this clock). Ths is a great clock!

Physical: The "old oak" case is 94"h x 18.5"w x 11"d. This clock was originally sold with a panel in the trunk door or beveled glass. This particular clock has the beveled glass. The finish has been rubbed out and overcoated.

The 12" diameter silvered brass dial was professionally re-silvered by the well-known dial restorer, Martha Smallwood... she did an excellent job on it. Note that the bottom of the clock opens to a hidden storage compartment.

Mechanical: The eight-day three-weight, solid-plate movement (see Tran, pg411, photo 1344) strikes the quarter hours on a series of four nested cup bells. It strikes the hour on a deep, resonant cathedral gong. Per Tran, these clocks most commonly have two 7.5" weights for the strike trains and a smaller 4.5" weight powering the time train. Note the beautiful Seth Thomas "clam-shell" pulleys on the weights. The movement was professionally serviced in 2005 and is in excellent running order.

The original catalogue says of the movement: "Good strong movement, lantern pinions. Beats seconds. For striking the hours, we fit a catherdral bell or a large cup bell, as may be preferred."

Comments: This is an exceptional clock. And an exceptional opportunity for you to acquire one of the most desired Seth Thomas tallcase clocks. The original price of this clock was $165... it costs a little more today and will be worth a heckuva lot more in the future. Give us a call to make this your next serious investment.

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NOTE: We have added eight additional photos of this clock taken at a different place in the same room. It is very difficult to photograph large dark clocks against a white or nearly white wall. The first photos were also taken during a remodel/repaint just after the old carpeting had been removed. The new photos were taken before the maid came to dust!

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8 NEW PHOTOS ADDED

Description

View

1) Base
2) Front
3) Front Right
4) Front Left
5) Lower Right
6) Upper
7) Upper Left
8) Upper Right
Front View
Trunk Door
Crown
Upper Right Detail
Dial Surround
Lower Right Detail
Base
Dial
Bells on Movement


 

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements, 2004, p.410-411

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