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Lot 875

Seth Thomas Adamantine Shelf Clock. Circa 1915. Sonora Chime clock. 14" tall, 11" at widest part of base. Mahogany and dark tan colored adamantine with two pillars accented by brass bases and capitals. Chime works marked "90 D" and clock works marked "Made in U.S. America" and "80 M". Original pendulum. A good portion of the original paper label remains and pencil notations are visible inside the back cover. Case is very solid, with some finish wear to the adamantine and one small chip at top rear. The face needs to be cleaned and if there were brass rings around the winding holes, they are no longer present. We are unsure if the clock is still in running condition, however the works appear to be intact and merely in need of cleaning.

Adamantine, a very popular veneer around the turn of the century, was used by clock makers to compete with the (much more expensive) French marble clocks that were steadily gaining popularity in the United States. In colors from black to dark green and shades of brown, adamantine veneer turned up on clocks, writing boxes and many other items. The adamantine combined with the very desirable Sonora Chime mechanism results in a highly collectible piece.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.

Realized $380

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