Office Drop Calendar Clock, ca. 1885
This clock has been in my family as long as I can remember. When we were kids, we used to play with it. It hung in the basement of our farmhouse where we grew up. We would change the dial for the month and date with the key, so we kind of scratched it up a lot and got in trouble for that. And my mother and I were going to go to the Antiques Roadshow in Des Moines in 2010, and this was one of the items we were going to take, but she died of cancer before we could go, so this is kind of a second hurrah for the clock to be on the show. She'd be happy.
Well, that's great. This is a, uh, this is an office drop calendar clock made by the William Gilbert Clock Company in Winsted, Connecticut, and this was made circa 1885. They made many different models, and this is a fine calendar clock model. And you mentioned the dial, which is one of my favorite features.
When you were setting it as a kid, you would open up the bezel like that and insert this little hole and move it into place. And so it's a three-piece dial, which gives you the days of the week, the month, as well as the calendar days. It is missing on the center arbor a calendar hand that would record the day of the week and the calendar day.
But that's an easy fix. It's a walnut case, and it has its original stenciled glass here at the bottom, and it also has a wonderful label on the inside that's in perfect condition. So really, this clock has been a really good survivor, other than the calendar hand that’s missing. These dials are paper dials. Most of the ones that I see, they're in much worse condition. This clock would sell from $1,600…
…To $1,800 in a retail situation.
Wow! That's… that’s a lot more than I expected.
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