Vintage clocks, Asian antiques and more at Converse auction, Sept. 9-10 A large two-session auction featuring Asian antiques, vintage clocks and watches, fine arts and furniture items will be held Sept. 9-10 by Gordon S. Converse & Company in Malvern, Pa.
Weatherby (est. $4,000-$6,000). There is also an English or Scottish example by John Kennedy, whose engraved brass dial has an upper signature boss signed by the maker with an 8-day bell strike clockworks (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Other clocks to be sold include an impressive late 19th century wall regulator by the E.N. Welch Company (est. 1,500-$3,000); a brass anchor escapement lantern clock signed on the dial “Thos. Mudge,” a weight-driven 17th century clock with a later wood bracket (est. $1,500-$2,500); and several mahogany veneer and reverse painted ‘pillar and scroll’ clocks by the Terrys of Plymouth, Conn.
Rounding out the clocks category will be a fine and unusual chime clock by G.W. Russell (Philadelphia, circa late 1800s), housed in a glass covered dome and set on an old wooden base (est. $1,500-$2,000); and the ‘Perpetum,’ a most unusual clock powered by steel balls that are stored above the clock and fall to the bottom, one by one (est. $700-$1,200).
The Sept. 10 session will feature much more than just vintage clocks. Furniture items will include a pair of cream-colored upholstered 1930s vintage easy chairs with laminated legs attributed to Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), circa 1931-1936 (est. $1,250-$3,500); and a fine, diminutive American mahogany Federal inlay server with two large cabinets and a central drawer (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Two violins are expected to get paddles wagging. One is a late 19th or early 20th century instrument by Leonardo Genaro with a fitted leather case, 23 inches in length and designed to be a copy of Antonius Stradivarius (est. $500-$2,500); and a 19th century example with labels from Wilhelm Fredel of Dresden, Germany (1875 and 1892), with fitted case and bow (est. $80-$100).
Also featured will be one of three impressionist oil paintings by Maurice Courant, depicting beach scenes; a large, professional-size astronomer’s refracting telescope attributed to W. & D. Mogey, with mounting stand and lenses (est. $600-$900); and a set of early 20th century Patrician stemware by Josef Hoffman (Austrian, 1870-1956, est. $600-$800).
Gordon S. Converse & Co. is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (610) 722-9004; or, e-mail them at Gordon@ConverseClocks.com. Gordon Converse replies promptly to all e-mails.
Anyone interested in finding out what an antique item might be worth may do so by sending a photo of the item, along with a check for $40, to Gordon S. Converse & Co., Attn: Gordon S. Converse, 758 Mancill Rd., Strafford, PA 19087. For more information, please log on to www.AuctionsatConverse.com or www.ConverseClocks.com. Updates are posted frequently.