Simon Willard tall case clock chimes to the tune of $57,500 in Converse antique clock auction


featuredImage
Pair of clocks telling the world time and perpetual calendar by Swiss maker Gubelin ($16,100). Photos courtesy Gordon S. Converse & Co.

YORK, Pa. – A fine and beautifully crafted tall case clock by the celebrated U.S. clockmaker Simon Willard (Mass., 1753-1848) changed hands for $57,500 at a sale of antique clocks and related horology items held June 18 by Gordon S. Converse & Co., based in Strafford, Pa. The auction was held at the Yorktowne Hotel in York, near the York Fairgrounds.

Online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Following are some additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

A rare and fine set of twin clocks telling the world time and perpetual calendar by the Swiss firm Gubelin soared to $16,100 for the pair. The set, with its fine enameling and bold presentation, was one of only three pair produced in the 1950s. The set sold is the only one in the Western hemisphere. The clocks were in excellent shape, ready to grace a mall or hotel lobby.

A monumental clock depicting the Reims Cathedral topped out at $8,050; an assortment of English table (or bracket) clocks sold for prices ranging from $3,450 and $6,325 (all to buyers outside the U.S.); a rare 400-day clock garnered $1,092; and a small wooden wall timepiece by Vermont clockmaker Charles Alva Smith made $1,265.

An interesting picture frame clock, featuring an oil painting of a city in Austria whose town clock is set with a real chiming clock behind the picture, commanded $1,322.50; and an unusual battery-operated (and recently made) working orrery clock, with planets made from colorful minerals resembling the planets themselves, went to a determined bidder for $517.

A large Chelsea mantel clock fetched $1,610; several examples by New York City clockmaker Ferdinand Kroeber went for under $100 each; and a gold Tiffany lady’s wristwatch brought a seemingly reasonable $661. Also sold were American shelf clocks, and French clocks, to include a wall clock by the master Berthoud and a 19th century Tiffany wall clock.

Gordon S. Converse & Co.’s next big sale is tentatively scheduled for sometime in August (check the websites, at www.AuctionsatConverse.com or www.ConverseClocks.com). Offered will be prints and original art, pottery, porcelains, silver, silver plate and decorative accessories – all online. It may be a “5-10-20” sale, with opening bids of just $5, $10 and $20.

Consignments are being accepted for this and all future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call Gordon S. Converse & Co. directly, at 610-722-9004; or, you can e-mail them at Gordon@ConverseClocks.com.



MORE RESOURCES FOR ANTIQUE COLLECTORS and DEALERS

Great books, CDs, price guides & more

Learn the ins and outs of American antique clocks in The Encyclopedia of Antique American Clocks, 2nd edition

Interact with other antique collectors in Antique Trader’s online forum

Browse hundreds of FREE online classified ads

Sign up for your FREE AntiqueTrader.com email newsletter

For more columns and features for antique dealers, restorers and collectors, get your own subscription to Antique Trader magazine

More Images:

featuredImage
This Atmos clock fetched a surprising $1,265.
featuredImage
This wonderful early 18th century bracket clock brought $4,600.
featuredImage
The top lot of the sale was this beautifully crafted tall case clock by Simon Willard ($57,500).
featuredImage
Banjo clock signed Aaron Willard ($2,012.50).
featuredImage
Late 18th- or early 19th-century French clock ($8,050).

Leave a Reply