226. $100 ea
Parker Clock Co. “No. 11”, ca. 1907. Two examples of aesthetic-movement design, here focused on ornamental brasswork. The Parker Clock Co. was born out of the Parker & Whipple Manufacturing Co. of Meriden, CT when Charles Parker bought out the company in 1893. The company also owned alarm clock patents obtained by A.E. Hotchkiss, whose name appears on the dial of these clocks. The clocks themselves are just under two inches in diameter, but on the stands they are 9 inches tall. The chains are fixed to the solid brass stands, so they cannot be removed easily. The clock on the left is a one-day, time-only, while the clock on the right has a simple calendar function as well. They are not alarms. Both wind in the back, and although both are missing their built-in winding keys, they can be wound with a screwdriver; only the time-only clock will run, and the handle to set the time is missing on both. You advance the calendar hand when necessary by pressing a small button on the top front of the calendar clock. The dials appear to be a celluloid material, with the calendar dial very faded. The hands are as shown in the catalog illustration on page 190 of Ly, American Clocks. The chains on the time-only clock have been replaced and are copper. Both clocks are stamped with the maker on the back. Nest Egg Auctions sold one last year for $150, and Fontaine’s sold one in 2021 for $300. Indicate on your bid sheet which one you are bidding on (time or calendar). $100-$200 ea.
Antique American Clocks January 2023