Published: June 26, 2001
MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. – On June 1, Cottone Auctions presented the clock collection of Peter Zaharis of Ithaca, N.Y.
Mr Zaharis, who has been a collector for more than 35 years, concentrated his interests first with New York State makers, and later added fine New England examples to his collection.
Top lot of the sale was a monumental Asa Munger Stovepipe shelf clock with bowfront door, exquisite stenciling, and deep relief carved molding. The clock stands 45 inches tall, on impressively carved paw feet. A Pennsylvania collector bought the rare timepiece for $57,750.
Another stenciled Munger also drew much attention. Made in Auburn, N.Y., this shelf clock found a new home in New Jersey, selling to a collector for $22,000.
Record prices were also set for two other rare shelf clocks. A miniature by Mark Leavenworth, Waterbury, Conn., with a rich mahogany and rosewood case, carved columns, and Eli Terry label, sold to a New Jersey buyer for $53,900. A Curtis and Clark shelf clock, Plymouth, Conn., sold for $23,100 to a Rochester, N.Y. collector.
An E. Howard #12 wall regulator sold to a phone bidder from California for $15,400. A rare Timby solar shelf clock brought $6,600, while an example of an Ithaca #3 1/2 double dial calendar realized $5,225.
Two rare Aaron Crane shelf clocks were offered. The clock with a one-year brass torsion movement sold for $12,100 to a New England collector, while the 30-day movement Crane brought $5,500. A rare standing banjo clock in a figured mahogany case, sold to a New England dealer for $9,075, while a fine New England lyre banjo with figured mahogany case and carved gilt front, sold to a mid-west collector for $12,650. Another rare New England banjo sold to a New York buyer for $9,625.
Several Abner Jones shelf clocks, made in E. Bloomfield, N.Y., were offered. The top lot of these sold for $7,150, selling to a mid-west buyer bidding by phone. Another rare shelf clock, made by Charles Platt of New York, with an ornately carved rosewood and mahogany case with winged griffin crest, and original painted center tablet, sold to a New York collector for $15,400.
A Joseph Burritt, New York, pillar and scroll with beautiful reverse painted tablets and fine carving, sold to a Texas businessman for $13,750. Several examples by Joseph Ives were offered which included a unique hourglass, which brought $16,500, a Duncan Phyfe style shelf clock that sold for $19,250, and another Ives which realized $11,550.
An Ethel North pillar and scroll sold to a southern collector for $6,600. Several J.C. Brown ripple steeple clocks found new homes around the country, and ranged in price from $1,700/5,000. A Goodrich and Smith hanging wall acorn clock brought $6,600, selling to a New England dealer.
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