Antique American Clocks January 2022
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.