Antique Clock, Watch & Jewelry Auction

Saturday, October 29th at 1pm Watches, Lots 1 - 197
Preview Begins at 9am
Saturday, October 29th at 4pm Clocks, Lots 198 - 396
Preview Begins at 12pm

Sunday, October 30th at 10am Clocks, Lots 397 - 688
Preview Begins at 8am

No Sales Tax in New Hampshire, Buyer's premium 15%, less 2.5% for cash or check.

R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts General Conditions


LIVE BIDDING:  Although there is NO substitute for attending the auction and bidding yourself, you may register and bid live through using your internet connection.  High speed internet is a must for this.  There is an extra 3% fee charged by Artfact for internet bidding.  On higher value clocks, you may also register to bid via telephone, and you need to contact us to make your reservation in advance.


ABSENTEE or LEFT BIDS:  We receive advance bids on many of our lots from distant customers.  In all cases, a left or absentee bid will be executed for as low a price as possible.  We are NOW offering plus one (+1) bidding format to allow our absentee bidders to be more competitive, contact us for details.  Bid forms are available on our webpage or in the rear of the catalog.  You may submit your bid by fax, snail mail or e-mail to:  Absentee bidding and phone bidding services are provided by R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, LLC as a courtesy to our clients to the best of our ability.  R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, LLC cannot be held responsible or liable for failure to receive or execute absentee bids.


ONLINE ABSENTEE BIDS:  We now have a sophisticated online and interactive absentee bidding system; see our homepage for links to this service.   It is offered at no additional charge.  You may change or cancel your bid amounts or lot numbers up until Friday, May 13th at 6pm.  We are still refining our own "live-bid" software and hope to have it operational this year, until then we will use (advanced on-line registration required).


BUYER’S  AGENT:  Some absentee bidders have in the past requested assistance and flexibility with their bidding.  To some, this may be in the form of an independent set of eyes to validate the purchase they’re considering.  To others, it may be in the form of executing a fixed budget in pursuit of several clocks - necessitating bidding flexibility, which the mechanics of proxy bidding (Left Bids with Auctioneer) cannot handle.  We notice that some absentee bids lose by only one bid, a frustration that can be reduced if a live person has authority to bid “one more time”.   Others are looking for additional services such as careful packing, and flexible delivery options.  Should you need such assistance, consider contacting John Fletcher, via email at, or phone at 802-849-6016 in Vermont. 


PAYMENT FOR ABSENTEE BIDS:  We will normally notify successful bidders within seven days.  It has proven difficult to Fax all winners reliably, so we use postal mail & e-mail.  Personal checks drawn on a U.S. bank are acceptable.  Note that shipping charges are extra and will be billed at the time of shipment.   Payment is due on receipt of invoice, and no later than 30 days from the date of the auction.  The buyer’s premium for bidders using Artfact is 15% for all forms of payment plus the 3% Artfact fee.


OVERSEAS  CUSTOMERS: may remit payment via AirPost with money orders or amounts over $500 may be wired directly to Bank of America, 100 West 33 Street, New York, NY, 10001, Swift code BOFAUS3N, for credit to R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, LLC , North Broadway Branch, Salem, New Hampshire, 03079.  We will provide our account number on request.   Paypal remittances are subject to our standard 15% buyer’s premium.


SHIPPING:  We use two companies to ship clocks that provides services worldwide:  Parcel Place in Hampton, NH managed by Frank Hagstoz, phone number (603) 964-8555, email and the local UPS Store managed by Alex Williams, phone number (603) 434-9899, e-mail  Note: we are often able to offer “in-house” shipping on the watches.  Hand delivery specialists are listed below:

            > Alex,, 194 Bell St, #2, Manchester, NH 03103  603-540-6345

> Mr. Scott Salzarulo, 200 W. Housatonic, #20, Pittsfield, MA  413-212-1252

> Ms. Wendy Buckus, 64 Hutchins, Concord, NH, 03301,  603-491-5199

            > Mr. Keith Bradshaw, 7386 Old Hwy 18, Connelly Springs, NC  828-432-7510


PICK UP IN LIEU OF SHIPPING:  If you or your agent/friend would prefer to drive to our home office in Windham, NH to pick up purchases, an appointment can be arranged.  You should still plan to settle your account within 10 days of invoicing.


SALES TAX:  There is NO sales tax in New Hampshire.


RESERVES:  There are few items in this sale with a reserve, or confidential minimum selling price established with the consignor or vendor.  Items failing to sell will be noted in the results sheet as $0.00.   The major collections, Pharr Clock Museum items and all Canadian consignments are selling without reserve.


ESTIMATES:  After each description, we’ve indicated a high and low dollar estimate that should be used as a general guide in making bidding decisions.  The final price may vary considerably from these estimates.


CONDITION SCALE: in order:   Poor, fair, good, very good, excellent,  & outstanding.  If the lot description includes the words “as-found”, the item came to us from storage and, although we may have noted external shortcomings, we have not looked inside.  General maintenance items such as broken suspension springs, broken or missing weight cords, & missing keys are not mentioned.  Although most clocks were running when we took possession of them, we cannot guarantee that they will run without adjustment when you get them home.  Dimensions are approximate.  In the rare case where there has been hidden and undisclosed damage or restoration that materially affects the value of the item, we must be notified within 7 (seven) days of your receipt of the merchandise. We are fair in straightening out oversights. Transit damage alone is not sufficient reason to return an item.  We will assist in claims against transport companies.


AGE & PROVENANCE:  We do occasionally offer modern reproductions of earlier models, but they are clearly indicated {Howard reissues, for example}.  Restoration to older models is clarified: “new paper dial” or “new tablet” should prove self-explanatory.


KEYS: Some clocks may have keys, but we do NOT provide them for all clocks;  they are available from suppliers such as or Merritt’s Antiques.


NUMBER LABELS: on each clock are quite sticky; apply mild heat to make removal easier; pull SLOWLY.  Hand cleaner or goo-gone will loosen residue, use razor on glass.


DEFAULT:  R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts will not be liable for default by either the buyer or the vendor.  No purchase shall be claimed or removed until paid for in full.  Schmitt’s reserves the right to refuse to accept bids made by a defaulting buyer at any future auction.


RIGHTS TO PHOTOGRAPHS:   Both buyer and seller grant unrestricted use of auction lot photographs and prices realized to both R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, and to


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