Antique American Clocks January 2022
Seth Thomas “Office Calendar No. 6”, 1891. A 32-inch mahogany (or walnut with a dark stain) case. This is the successor to the Office Calendar No. 4, a bit larger with a larger calendar dial; the calendar mechanism was upgraded to the R.T. Andrews patent movement (1876), and a strike was available (as found here). The bezels were made from solid wood without veneer and a nickel trim ring was added. Buttons were still included, and on this example the two buttons above the calendar dial are improper replacements, the only flaw I can find here. The glass over the time dial is old, the calendar glass modern, and both dials have been repainted, the hands are correct. The 8-day time-and-strike spring-driven movement is signed and running, striking the hours on a wire gong, and the calendar is advancing. The rollers are rather dark and probably original. There is a large replacement hook to hold the door shut; a smaller hook probably would have been sufficient. Nonetheless, a nice example. Horton’s sold two in 2018, one for $461 and one for $885 (wow!). $400-$600.