Ithaca Calendar Clock Co. Model Number 3.5 Parlor with white dial. "Side Swinger."

This very good example is referred to as the “Late Model” which was made circa 1880. It does have a couple of early features. The case is walnut and features applied carvings and moldings which have been ebonized. Some of these moldings are highlighted or trimmed with a silver paint. (Earlier models are most often trimmed in gold paint.) The color contrast is quite nice. The upper dial measures 5 inches in diameter. The paper dial is applied to a dial pan. It features a white field and black numerals. This may have been a special order. The standard dial for this clock is formatted with a black field and the graphics are done in silver. This dial is original to this clock and is a special variant of the form. Several others examples are know to be constructed in this format. The trim ring or sash and both hands have been nickeled. The lower dial is the calendar dial. It measure 8 inches in diameter. This dial is actually glass and is decorated in paint. Remnants of the original gold remain. The day of the month is located on the outside perimeter of this dial. The date would be indicated by the long narrow nickle plated hand that is mounted in the center. The day of the week and month are indicated by separate roles that are original to this clock. This calendar mechanism is a perpetual design. This means that it will follow the calendar making adjustments for the variations in the lengths of each month and also for leap year. The glass pendulum is original to this example. It features the Maker’s monogram, “ICC C0.,” which is engraved into the back surface. This monogram also includes the early “Dog Bone” shaped I for Ithaca. The bob is constructed from two pieces of glass. The edges of each piece features a different size bevel. Looking from the front, the result is that the outer perimeter looks like it has been lit up. This pendulum has a means for adjustment located at the bottom of the rod and also above the bob. It swings in front of the calendar dial slightly off center.

The time and strike movement is designed to run 8-days and is well constructed. It strikes the hour on a nickel plated bell which is mounted inside the case. The striking sequence is controlled by a count-wheel. The movement is spring powered and was made by the E. N. Welch Clock Company. It features a dead beat escapement. The works are mounted to a seat-board. One can gain access to the movement from the back of the case. This model originally featured a two piece backboard that was hinged. (Earlier models feature a one piece backboard.) Both boards have been replaced. This example is accompanied by the original set up label. It is very well preserved and can be found pasted to the inside of the case.

This fine clock measures approximately 20.5 inches tall and is 10.5 inches wide and was made circa 1880.

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About Ithaca Clock Company of Ithaca, New York.

The Ithaca Calendar clock Company was formed in 1865 to manufacture clocks with calendar mechanisms. It was located in Ithaca, New York. Henry B. Horton applied for and was granted a patent on April 18, 1865. This patent was improved several times over its life span. This clock venture ended its operations due to bankruptcy on March 14, 1917.

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