Antique American Clocks                      January 2022


205.    $150

William S. Johnson “Octagon Drop”, 1849-1861.  Johnson was a retailer in lower Manhattan, selling from several addresses over the years on Cortland St.  Here he was at 49 Cortland St., a location today less than a block from the World Trade Center Memorial.  This was a popular style of wall clock in the 1850’s.  It is 24 inches long with good rosewood veneer on the front; note the flourishes on both sides of the pendulum door; on most clocks like this they are carved; here they are molded wood composites.  The dial glass is original; the pendulum glass also looks original and has an unusual painted pattern.  The dial has been papered over, the hands are unusual and likely original.  The 8-day, time-and-strike movement is unsigned, running and striking on the wire gong.  A common clock from an uncommon maker of this model; I can find no other examples of his label on an octagon drop clock.  $150-$250.

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