Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements
Tran Duy Ly
Third Edition, Volume 1
Published 2004 by
215 Shadowood Drive - Johnson City - Tennessee 37604 USA
Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements is a 2 Volume
set. Please note there are no duplication of
clocks from Volume 1 to
Volume 2. Volume 1 from pages 1 - 576,
quality illustrations and photographs.
Volume 2 from pages 577 - 1152,
with 1717 quality illustrations and photographs.
8 1/2 x 11 -
Smyth sewn hardbound in white gloss enamel text, with 2005 Price Up-date, $79.50.
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Review by David
Warner FNAWCC - Ballwin, MO
It was no surprise when Mr. Tran Duy Ly published his
first edition of Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements it received stunning
reviews! The book was greatly commended for many reasons, none more
important than being the first real comprehensive guide to the
identification and values of most Seth Thomas clocks manufactured during
the firm’s first century of production since 1810. Prior to the
publication of Mr. Ly’s guide, collectors everywhere often consumed more
time examining a myriad of individual clock catalogs than the clock
itself. Tran Duy Ly, in one innovative volume, eliminated that problem for
Seth Thomas collectors by exhaustively extracting a complete collection of
the best catalog representations of the clockmaker’s finest examples and
placed them in his guide. The pages of his Seth Thomas Clocks and
Movements contain refreshing, exact reproductions of Seth Thomas clocks as
found in original catalogs. Also, the arrangement of clocks are logical
and indexed for ease of use, reflecting the author's own insight as a
highly knowledgeable and respected collector. Subsequently, the
collector’s ability to quickly identify a clock and determine its
originality and value has been improved immensely by Mr. Ly’s work.
Tran Duy Ly is without doubt the leader in Horological
Reference Books and price guide information! This book includes his proven
and time tested methodology in the section "Important Tips," and
conveys a wisdom above and beyond the advice of a true expert! This
section is a staple in all of his publications, simply because it provides
sound advice for collectors from novice to experienced, as well as
dealers, restorers, conservationists, and preservationists! The section
also shares the life experience of Mr. Tran Duy Ly; his instruction, his
experience of buying and selling, collecting and investing, speculation
and auctioneering. The savvy that is revealed extensively in understanding
the factors that establish the price and value of clocks, including the
finer points of grading, is like having Mr Tran Duy Ly with you as you
examine and discover, objectively, Seth Thomas Clocks. Mr. Ly's expertise
in Seth Thomas clocks is undeniable.
INTRODUCTION By Richard W. Oliver, Jr. "The Clock Guy"
It’s Finally Here! When we opened our draft
copy of Tran Duy Ly’s Third Edition of Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements,
Volume 1, 3rd edition, it was instantly clear he had another best-seller
on his hands and that we were going to see some clocks we’d not seen
before. With the value of Seth Thomas clocks increasing more rapidly
than any other maker in the past several years, this book is a mandatory
investment for all serious American clock collectors.
Our Second Edition copy is the most frequently
referenced clock book we own. It’s simply the most definitive work on
Seth Thomas ever published… until now. (If "true
confessions" are in order, we’ve also rubbed our hands together on
more than one occasion when we’ve seen copies of our high-demand,
out-of-print Second Edition sell on the internet for $350. That’s
a 700% return-on-investment on the paper – let alone the content – in
a six-year period of time!)
Invaluable! When we began ClockGuy.com in 1998 it
was immediately apparent we could not run a major antique clock brokerage
without owning every one of Tran Duy Ly’s books. Couldn’t be
done. Period. That invaluable investment has paid for itself
over and over again. In our listings we always refer others to
"the source," Tran Duy Ly, to begin or complete their
horological library. That’s just good citizenship!
What Others Say: Pennsylvania clock dealer Ken
Markley says it eloquently, "Tran’s publications have shaped the
course of clock-collecting throughout the world. He is a brilliant
and resourceful person whose commitment to horological documentation and
appraisal are immeasurable." Recently, a major Midwest
collector bought a whopping four Walter Durfee tallcase clocks. He
commented at the time, "If the clock isn’t in Tran’s books, I’m
not going to buy it."
New Hampshire clock auctioneer Bob Schmitt tells this
story: "Tran Duy Ly came from Viet Nam 40 years ago. On a
bus during his first day here, he stepped on a lady’s foot and said,
"Thank you" instead of, "I’m sorry!" Now
he’s the King of Clock Books." What a country. What an
American success story where the effort of one man can make such a useful
contribution to so many!
Like No Other: Webster uses the terms importance
and merit to define "worth." Tran Duy Ly’s contribution
to horology Americana is both important and meritorious. For anyone
interested in American clocks, Tran’s books meticulously document the
life and work of numerous clockmakers and their enterprises. Each
volume tracks the ascent of the maker to marketplace prominence (and often
descent from), setting the stage for the reader to enjoy literally
hundreds of subsequent pages of photos of preserved clocks and original
catalogue drawings, along with sound, friendly advice that serious
collectors will wish they’d read before purchasing their first
"beginner clock." A detailed index by physical category,
then model name or number makes lookup simple and quick. We’re
convinced when you pore through this new volume, you’ll agree that
straightforward and genius are to Tran Duy Ly as importance and merit are
Pricing Guides: Though any antiquity is only
worth what a cash-bearing buyer is willing to pay for it on any given day,
Tran’s periodically updated Price Guides offer sound guidance based on
recent prices paid, with feedback provided by major dealers across the
country. Price Guides remind me of the North Star. We may
never reach it, but it’s always there as a consistent, reliable guide.
We always recommend purchasing Tran’s updated Price Guides. More
than anyone we know, he has his ear to the ground and hand on the pulse of
antique clocks in North America.
Seth Thomas 3rd Edition... At Last! Happy
reading, pondering, decision-making… and investing!
RICHARD W. OLIVER, Jr.