Apr 10 2007

Tobey Grandfather Clock with Horner Case

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Another grandfather clock with a case attributed to R.J. Horner is coming up for auction from Cowan’s. It will be sold on April 12th with bidding starting at $24,000 and range at $25,000 to $35,000. More from the listing:

Tobey Flemish Hall Clock with Tiffany & Co. Dial with silvered brass dial marked Tiffany & Co., made by J.J. Elliot, Ltd. of London with applied brass Arabic on chapter ring, outer minute ring marked with ticks and triangles every 5 minutes, silvered seconds dial above center with Arabic every 10 seconds, set in central scroll cut brass floral center with matching spandrels, silvered tombstone top with engraved world hemispheres, and painted phase of the moon dial with English cottage scene. The movement is also by Elliot with three-train steel pinion, dead beat escapement, time, strike and chiming 3-weight driven brass movement with 5 tubular Westminster chimes, signed Elite Patent Dec. 4, 1900. Case made by the Toby Furniture Co., in Chicago, No. 31168 (see Duy Ly, 1994: 422, fig. 979) case attributed to R.J. Horner and Company (New York), retailed by the Tobey Furniture Company, Chicago, ca 1900, in cherry and mahogany with poplar secondary wood. The case has elaborately carved decoration including a mask on the crown and pipers flanking the hood door, as well as lion heads, a devil, and cherubs on the waist, and lion heads and a carved medieval tavern scene on the base, all resting on bun feet. silvered and brass dial marked Tiffany & Co. with Arabic on silvered chapter ring with floral engraving, outer minute ring marked with ticks with triangles every 5 minutes, seconds dial above center with Arabic every 10 seconds, center with pierced brass floral scroll work and matching spandrels, polychrome painted phase of the moon dial with English cottage scene in arch with silvered engraved hemispheres, unmarked 8-day time, strike and chime weight driven movement, with seat plate stamped 4990, 5 tube chimes, 16″ x 23″ x 102″ high.

Here’s another Horner clock (signed) with less grandiose carvings up for sale as well. Bidding will close on the 10th (tomorrow, as I write this).

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Apr 06 2007

Maiden Victorian Grandfather Clock ca. 1910

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Here’s a gorgeous carved Hondura’s mahogany Grandfather Clock from around 1910. This is not a Horner, but I though Horner aficionado’s would appreciate the carving. Before I pass on more information from this listing from North Wind Antiques, I’ll let you know that bidding is currently at about $9,000 (reserve not yet met) and bidding ends April 9th.

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There’s nothing quite like an antique Grandfather clock, and in our humble opinion the Victorian Age produced the most fantastic examples, combining elaborate Renaissance inspired cabinet work with the refined “works” produced during that time! This wonderful combination of “art” and practicality will never be reproduced again, and what fine timepieces of yesteryear are still in existance are highly sought after to adorn and enrich ones home!

This is a fine example in an amazing state of preservation! Hand carved in Grand Rapids, Mi. and constructed of fine Honduras Mahogany for Colonial Mfg. Co., the case alone is a masterwork of proportion and the carvers art! The finish is original in an amazing state of preservation. The carvings are also perfectly preserved! The base boasts a symmetrical flame grain framed by fiercely posed Griffins with massive paw feet! The torso of the case sweeps upward into mermaid like maidens guarding each corner. The original beveled glass on all three sides shows off the organ-like tubes, gleaming brass weights, and the massive pendulum. The hood sits atop the torso like an ornate helmet over a suit of armor! Two statuesque women flank the timepiece, one representing “womanhood”, delicate, curvaceous and soft, the other portraying the protector, the “warrior”. The crest shows off the carvers skill with more amorial style carvings. The delicate swags, and shell sits under an angels face portraying an overall feeling of grace, pride and strength!

The works are all original, freshly cleaned, tuned in great working order. Stamped Colonial and W & H (Winterhalder & Hofmeier) and like the case in wonderful original condition. The original painted moon dial is still vibrant with minor crackling and only a few small chips. The nine tubes play your choice of either Whittington, Westminster or St. John’s every hour. The clock chimes on the quarter hour and is an 8 day movement. This is considered the best model Colonial made, and they were the largest clock manufacturer in the early 1900’s. The model # 1278 from the Colonial catalog is stamped on the back of the case. A Colonial label is on the inside of the door also. This movement is also self-adjusting. The chimes are not overly loud and of course can be silenced at the flick of a lever.

Condition is very fine and original. Measurements are 98″ high, 28″ wide, and 20″ deep. Shipping by our truck will be between 200.00 and 500.00 depending on location.

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