Harris’ 85th antique clock and watch auction to be held April 30-May 1


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Howard Banjos No. 1 through 5 will sell at Tom Harris Auctions on May 1. Photos courtesy Tom Harris Auctions.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Tom Harris Auctions will be conducting their 85th Semi-Annual Gene Harris Clock & Watch Auction on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. Friday’s session features over 500 vintage wrist and pocket watches of all types. There will be over 300 wristwatches from many important companies to be sold in individual and group lots. There are many great examples from Illinois, Elgin, Waltham, Longines, Bulova, Bradley and others. Vintage wrist watches have a great appeal to collectors due to their shapes and styles, in some instances gold content and the many different functions a watch can offer; besides the elegant ladies and men’s watches, there will also be many Mickey Mouse and other character watches.

The pocket watch section will feature more than 100 railroad grade watches, as well as other important gold and silver models.

Saturday, May 1 will include 500 high quality antique clocks. The auction company has traveled the nation picking up clocks for the last four months to put this museum quality auction together. The sale will feature items from the estates of Keith Miller of Minneapolis; Eddie Foster from Greeley, Colo.; and the Robert and Velna Brabham estate of Willis, Texas; along with items from private collectors throughout the country.

Highlighting Saturday’s sale will be a super carved mahogany J.J. Elliott 10-foot-tall grandfather clock with animals and mermaid type figures carved throughout the entire clock. From the Texas estate, a rare Seth Thomas No. 19 hanging wall regulator in 76-inch oak case; and a super group of Vienna Regulators will find new owners. A great group of the highly sought after Howard clocks will be sold, including all five sizes of Banjo clocks, made by the company; a Howard 59 wall regulator, in walnut and birdseye maple; and others.

The Eddie Foster estate from Colorado includes a group of 18th and 19th century French bronze clocks. These clocks are fabulous examples with men, women, children and animal figures. Foster lived in France with his family and after World War II he moved his family to Colorado. He brought with him an important group of European clocks. The children came to America with only the clothes on their backs, because the cargo space allowed on the ship was reserved for clocks. Foster also collected a great group of early tall case clocks, including a 1750 inlaid 8-bell grandfather with an animated ship.

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Keith Miller from Minneapolis has been a long-time friend and customer of the Harris Auction family; he will be missed by many in the clock and antique business. Miller traveled the globe in search of his treasures and gathered a very important early American wooden works clock collection. This collection includes many fancy carved and original glass door panel clocks. The finest and earliest known makers in America are represented and some of the nicest examples include: Eli Terry; Hotchkiss; Jerome & Darrow; J.C. Brown; Atkins; Norris North and Many More. There are many clocks with all hand-made wooden works in their original carved American cases with original glass.

Other clocks will include: fashions and Ithaca calendar; music box clocks; statue and figural models; Welch Patti clocks, including a rare Baby Patti; china clocks; skeleton and other early dome clocks; the highest quality group of elite crystal regulators offered for sale in years. Also, annular dial and multi-function clocks; American office clocks; weight driven banjos; Chinese and American Fusee chain driven clocks; advertising models; jeweler’s regulator; 3-piece French garniture sets; battery electric wall regulators; time clocks and every other type of clock imaginable will be offered.

Future auctions already scheduled include: Tuesday, May 18, Great Toys Primitives and Antiques Sale; Tuesday, May 25 Old Fashioned Antique Sale, including a building full of all types of antiques, lamps, lamp parts, and lots of furniture Items. Wednesday, July 21, Antique Clock and Watch Auction, featuring a choice collection from Columbia, Mo., and other consignors. If you can’t make the sales, you can bid live at LiveAuctioneers.com, via absentee bid or telephone bid. Contact the auction company by phone at 641-754-4890 or e-mail them at Tom@TomHarrisAuctions.com to participate in buying or selling in any of these future auctions.

Harris encourages you to visit his website, www.TomHarrisAuctions.com, for thousands of pictures and details on current and future auctions.




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The rare and unusual clocks offered at Tom Harris Auctions on May 1 will include this conical, cherub annular dial and calendar globe crystal regulator.
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This is a small sample of the high end crystal regulators and table clocks selling at Tom Harris Auctions on May 1.
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Hanging Lenzkirch disc music box clock; ornate Vienna with hanging game; mahogany Ansonia antique among the 150 hanging wall clocks selling at Tom Harris Auctions May 1.
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This 1700s French crown wheel with alarm and Muirhead & Arthur miniature bracket is selling at Tom Harris Auctions on May 1.
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Seth Thomas & Southern Clock Co. Fashions selling at Tom Harris Auctions, May 1.

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