Gilbert Co. Optic Eye Clock, ca. 1910
Appraised Value: $4,500 - $5,000
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Appraisal Video: (-1:17:-7)
Clocks & Watches, Furniture
Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc
GUEST: My father found it in a dump in Cincinnati, Ohio, when I was a year and a half old.
APPRAISER: How did it come to you through the family?
GUEST: Well, when my sister and I was ready to leave home, well, Daddy told us he wanted the oldest one to take it, and my sister was a year and a half older than I am, and she said, "I don't want that ugly thing." (laughs) I said, "I'll take it any day."
GUEST: So he told me to take it that day.
APPRAISER: Well, it's a very interesting and unusual clock. It's called an optic clock, or an optic eye clock. It was made by the... William L. Gilbert Clock Company about 1910. These clocks were actually made for opticians' shops,
APPRAISER: where they would use it for advertising. And it's one of those interesting, what we call crossover pieces that appeals to different segments of the antique and collecting market. This type of clock would appeal to clock collectors, as well as people that collect advertising pieces and folk art. What's nice about this one is that it has its original paint on it. They've made reproductions of this form, and, in fact, I've never seen an original one in person, I've only seen the reproductions.
APPRAISER: So, this is the original, and it has the paper label on the back from the Gilbert Clock Company that helps to identify it as an original. Now, it's not perfect, it does have some condition issues. The paint is, uh, is flaking on the... on the top here,
APPRAISER: and the pendulum rod has been repainted, and also, the pendulum bob here, someone has put their monogram on it, where originally, this had another... eye similar to that one,
APPRAISER: and it's very faint, but you can actually see the paint sort of peeking through the paint that was put over it. The condition does keep the price down a little bit, but it's so rare to see an original version of one of these that it's still an interesting and valuable clock. In today's market, in a retail store, you would expect to pay about $4,500 to $5,000 for this clock.
APPRAISER: Now, I'm aware of an original one in perfect condition that sold a few years ago for $15,000. So condition is very important.
GUEST: Oh, yeah.
APPRAISER: Well, thank you for bringing it in. It's a wonderful piece.
GUEST: You're entirely welcome. I said, "It'll stay in my house as long as I'm living."
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