1906 Black Walnut Pedestal Clock
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $8,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:41)
Clocks & Watches, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture
Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Partner, Executive Vice President & Chief Auctioneer
GUEST: It come from my aunt who lived in Chicago. And of course, when she passed away my mother inherited it, and I ended up with the clock.
APPRAISER: Do you know much about it?
GUEST: Not particularly, no. I really don't. It's just been in the family and something we've always taken real good care of.
APPRAISER: This clock is of German manufacture. It's ostentatiously carved of black walnut. I think, above all, we can look at the incredible quality and attention to detail. On the dial, which is brass and silver, is dated April 23, 1906. And I would judge that probably that's when the clock was made and it may well have been made and presented to someone, you know, on a very special occasion. The case style is roughly Renaissance Revival. Germans are known for carving, and this is a magnificent example of that craft. I think the thing that I find especially interesting about the clock-- and we'll turn it around here-- is that even at the turn of the century they were utilizing a type of movement that we normally think of as being early 19th century, this fusee movement. I think they stuck with old tried and true methods of power for this clock. This clock is very accurate, and it's of the highest quality. The thing that's, I think, even more interesting about it, as we look at the mechanism back here... This German company utilized an American innovation. These tubular bells were invented by Walter Durfee in Providence, Rhode Island. It's interesting that a German company got wind of this and decided to import these particular bells for use in Germany. Then the clock ultimately is put together and brought back to America. The result of these bells is that they have such a beautiful tone. Let's listen to it. (bells ringing in ascending notes) I think it's a little out of tune. That could be taken care of. But you can see, as we look at the clock, that no expense was spared. This was an expensive clock in its day. It's very evident. I also can attest to the fact, because I lugged it: it's incredibly heavy. Do you have a pedestal for the clock?
GUEST: Yes, sir.
APPRAISER: You do? That's significant. This is something we thought that it might have had originally, as it's much too large to stand on an average mantel. It's huge. The clock, with its pedestal, would be worth significantly more, in the area of, let's say, $6,000 to $8,000; without the pedestal, a bit less, perhaps in the $5,000 range. And it's a treat to see it.
GUEST: I'm very pleased.
GUEST: I had no idea.
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