Antique American Clocks July 2022
Wm. Gilbert Clock Co. “Oriental” calendar,ca. 1901. A 31-inch walnut case with detailed carvings and a clean finish. The door glass is original, and the painted tablet appears original as well and is well preserved, protected from damage by the door-mounted calendar. This is one of six models that used McCabe’s 1896-patent calendar mechanism. There are instructions to set the calendars on the board on the back of the calendar and they claim that “any person with a little judgement should be able to adjust them”. I’ve read the instructions and I am pretty sure I lack all judgement. You may be better off. There are more instructions behind a plastic sheet on the interior back wall. There are a lot of instructions with this calendar clock, and I think a Seth Thomas or Ithaca calendar clock might be easier to use. The previous owner insists he restored this mechanism, and it will work just fine. I can confirm that the lift bar attached to the movement will advance the date, but the weekday does not advance; the month is advanced by hand according to information I have found elsewhere. On the positive side, the clock does run and strike on the hours and half-hours. The movement is signed and runs 8-days, spring-driven, and strikes on a Gilbert cathedral gong; the pendulum is Gilbert issue. The dial is old paper in a brightly polished brass bezel; note the original inner ring with A and B notations, which are explained in the instructions. The hands are original. AAC sold an oak Oriental last January for $850. $750-$1000.