Seth Thomas Calendar Clock, ca. 1870

Value (2012) | $600 Auction$800 Auction

This is my mother's clock. It's been in her family I guess since it was new. And the story always was that there was a family fire, their house burned, and that this was one of the few things that was rescued. I guess they grabbed the clock when they ran.

These clocks were not made by the Southern Calendar Clock Company, but rather they marketed them. The movements in most instances were made by Seth Thomas Clock Company in Connecticut. At one point, this company had a sales force of 100 people, and they basically sold these clocks directly to clients. There were different models made. This is a fairly plain model-- some of them are larger and fancier-- but they cost originally between $11 and $85, and if you didn't have the cash, they'd give you six months to pay for it, 10% interest, so these were very determined sales people. A lot of these Seth Thomas clocks, the dials were painted zinc, and the paint has chipped off. Most of them are in really tough condition. You can see there's some paint loss up here, but wisely, over the years, nobody has repainted the dials. So this clock, except for the little paint loss on the dial, has survived in original condition. The only thing missing is this finial. I can see vestiges of glue there, so maybe it's hanging around the house somewhere,

I don't know. I'll start looking now.

At auction, this clock would be estimated in the $600 to $800 range. Maybe a decade ago, this would have been worth several hundred dollars more. That's the antique business, it never stops changing.

I think I didn't value it enough.

Well, now you will.


Appraisal Details

Skinner, Inc.
Boston, MA
Appraised value (2012)
$600 Auction$800 Auction
Tulsa, OK (July 23, 2011)

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