Terrestrial Globe Clock, ca. 1880
Appraised Value: $6,500 - $7,500
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Appraisal Video: (2:43)
Clocks & Watches
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GUEST: This was my grandfather's, and my father had it. It was one of his favorite pieces, and then, you know, it was passed on down to me after he died.
APPRAISER: Do you know anything about it?
GUEST: Well, mostly what my mother told me, and that it was about 65 years ago that my grandfather gave it to my father, and that it was a Masonic clock. There was only four of them made, and that somehow, it tells time all around the world. I'm not really sure exactly how it works. But they told me, you know, it's a windup and...
APPRAISER: Do you know who made it?
GUEST: No, I don't know anything about it. I've sent pictures to antique dealers and magazines that I've read and say send in the pictures, but nobody has ever been able to tell me anything about it.
APPRAISER: Okay, well, it doesn't surprise me, because this is a fairly rare clock. This is actually made by LaPorte Hubbell, and LaPorte Hubbell worked in the 1870s, 1880s, and was really well known for making balance-wheel mechanisms, which this clock has. And, uh, actually started a clock company called the Globe Clock Company of Millville, Connecticut, which is part of Bristol. LaPorte Hubbell's Globe Clock Company was founded in 1877, and we know that he died in 1889. So, as a result, this clock had to have been made before 1889, probably shortly after the company was first formed. So this clock was probably made sometime in the early 1880s. The case is walnut, and it does show some deterioration in terms of the way that the finish is presented, and it's also missing several finials here and a couple of moldings here at the top. It has a combination of two dials, which make it interesting. The lower dial has the time. You have the minute hand and hour hand, and that would follow the time in which you are in. And at the top here, you'll notice that this disk with this pointer here-- it actually rotates around in a 24-hour sequence.
APPRAISER: The globe is not made in Connecticut. The globe was actually made in Boston by Joslin. And it's thought that when the clock was built, they would send it up to Boston, have the globe fitted, and brought back down to Connecticut to be sold. It does have some Masonic themes, certainly the gothic architecture. This little sunburst here with its radiance connotes the sun or the sun's rays shining upon the earth. It's a rare clock, and as a result, it would be very desirable to a collector. In the condition that it is today, I would say that it's probably a $6,500 to $7,500 clock.
APPRAISER: If you spent another $500 to $800 to have it properly restored, have the globe cleaned up, you're probably looking at a clock that would sell very easily in the $10,000 to $10,500 price range.
GUEST: Wow. Thank you.
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