Antique American Clocks January 2022
Hills, Goodrich & Co. gilt column OG, 1841-1845. One of those classic clocks everyone wants. The 31-inch OG case is veneered in flame mahogany; both glasses are original, the tablet nicely redone. The gilded gesso acanthus leaves (symbolizing immortality) have some cracks and wear, the gilded columns are also original but also have some cracks and losses. The two inside mirrors look original, again with losses; the paint color is likely original. The formed and fitted dial is pinned to the housing surrounding the strap-brass movement; the hands are period and correct. The 8-day, time-and-strike, unsigned movement is unusual in its design, and is running and striking. It is driven by two 9-lb weights that are specific to this clock and cast to fit behind the slanted mirror boards. There is an embossed pendulum bob. Unfortunately, the label is gone. Cottone’s sold an exceptional example last fall for $1400; these more typically sell for $400-$1000.