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Antique American Clocks                     JULY 2024


129.              $150

Waterbury Clock Co. “Lotus V.P.”, ca. 1878. This model, by the Nicholas Muller & Sons Foundry, was usually marketed by Kroeber and this may be a Kroeber clock, but there is no label and the movement, which may be a replacement, is stamped Waterbury.  It is not shown in either of Ly’s volumes on Waterbury clocks.  The spelter metal case is 19 inches tall, the door glass appears to be modern, although the putty does not. The finish on the case shows remnants of verdigris in the crevasses and recessed imprints; the Egyptian theme is evident throughout and the paint on the figurehead may be original.  The dial is paper, unsigned, the hands appropriate.  The Waterbury 8-day, time-and-strike movement is running but the strike, on an unmarked wire gong, is slow.  The movement is mounted on wooden or cork feet, suggesting that the movement is a replacement.  The barrel pendulum is appropriate.  As noted, there is no label inside or out.  Waterbury or Kroeber, a rare model; I can find no sales records in the Antique Clocks Identification and Price Guide or on LiveAuctioneers.  $150–$300.

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