Antique American Clocks January 2022
Seth Thomas “Flora”, 1885. One of my favorite Seth Thomas wall clocks, at 38 inches long in cherry with a clean finish. Both glasses are old/original, the painted dial is clean, faded, but still bears the ST logo. The hands are correct. The signed 8-day, time-and-strike movement is running and striking a cathedral gong on the hours, driven by two proper brass weights and regulated by a damascened brass pendulum. A dark, illegible label on the inside bottom, the date of manufacture on the back. Horton’s sold a Flora in 2017 for $1885. $1500-$1800.
Brett Berry has suggested that this clock was originally in ebony, a finish listed in the catalog description. He noted the black backboard and date stencil on top of the paint, and the traces of ebony paint/stain in the crevices and carvings. I looked carefully at the clock finish and believe he is right. The ebony finish has been removed; the only question that remains is what is the wood? It still looks like cherry to me!