American/English standing astronomical regulator, ca 1830’s or 1840’s. The mahogany gothic styled case is 96 inches tall and has no major repairs or replaced parts. The gothic arch top has the same style as glazed door. There are excellent carvings on the case sides and bonnet sides. The mahogany is figured, very clean and polished. So sorry the picture at the top is not clearer as it is too tall for my shop. Enlarge the picture and you will get more detail of the top. Because I have never owned an astronomical grandfather clock and being an accumulator of unusual and nice clocks I want to keep this one but better thinkers say no. It has a large 8 day, time only, weight driven movement, with maintaining power, large original pendulum bob and gold painted stick, and original hands. The weight is different and one would think had an extension on the bottom. Maybe so, but I have seen identical brass weights on other English clocks. The movement is a strong runner. Dial has good paint with slight fading after nearly 200 years. An identical clock sold at Schmitt’s auction in 2014 for over $8000. Their dial was signed, “John Stokell, New York”. They credited him as being the maker. Another clock with an identical dial and some other similar features was advertised in Skinner’s auction, April 2017. They credited the maker as “John Moore & Sons, Clerkenwell, London with case by T. N. Lowther, ca 1840”. I believe our clock was made in England or Scotland and perhaps retailed by an American dealer. $5000-$7500.
French Industrial Series type clock, copied from originals made in the 1800’s. The French companies produced several different styles of the Windmill and they are still popular today. The windmill blades wind different from the clock movement. The movement that drives the windmill is inside the door at the base. You open that door to wind the windmill blades. The case is metal, some parts silver plated, some brass, and some painted brown. Like the French originals this one has a thermometer on each side and a barometer above the clock dial. It has an 8 day time only clock movement. It is 20 inches tall to the top of the weathervane. If you are like me and drool over the French Industrial Series clocks but would never fork over the money for one, you will enjoy this windmill and its very reasonable minimum price. $600-$750.
French Portico clock, with wood base, top and four columns, ca 1870. The ebonized wood case has bronze ornamentation, four turned columns, bronze capitals and bases. The case is 18” high. Cast dial surround has cupids, flowers and vines. Cast pendulum also with cupids, flowers and vines. Round 8 day typical French movement is signed, running and striking a bell on half hours and hours. Encased different than most Portico clocks we have sold. I could not make out the makers signature. Overall the portico is in nice condition. $400-$600.
Scissors pendulum clock, a modern copy of an original made in 1820 by John Wilding / England. That clock is currently in the Henry Ford Museum. For details about the Scissors clocks operation see, “Skelton Clocks”, by F. B. Royer-Collard, pages 88-90. I have sold scores of the finer Asian made skeleton clocks since they were first introduced in the USA about 10 year ago. It is my favorite of all the contemporary novelty clocks, for a number of reasons. I have never had one that failed to run and keep on running, and they are interesting to watch. The 8 day movement is chain fusee driven and I have never unpacked one that did not run when I released the two criss-crossing pendulums that swing back and forth like scissors. The beautiful wood base has a drawer to keep the key and it is shaped like scissors. The clock is covered with a square glass dome. With the dome in place it is almost 25 inches high. We have seen other imported scissors clocks that were not nearly as nice as this one for this one has a 24K gold plated finish and not the cheaper antique finish that will wear and tarnish. I will admit that this type clock is not for everyone but if you want a clock that is different and beautiful, you will love this one. The two pieces will be shipped in separate and well packed traveling double boxes. $750-$1000.
Lenzkirsch one weight Vienna Regulator, ca 1852. The serial number on the movement (196603) and the maker’s signature identification on the movement and (ALG) dates the clock in the 1850’s. During that time period clocks of this style were called, “Transitional”. I would call the brass rectangular movement an 8-day movement but the previous owner said it was a “22 day” movement? Doubtful but I did not run it to check. The large two-piece porcelain dial has some very tiny spider webs, and is otherwise very nice. It has period hands, a brass weight; porcelain beat scale, wall levelers, brass pulley, and a very nice brass bob and wood stick. The wood stick has had some repairs at the top. There are three good glasses in the 50” walnut case. I judge the side glasses have not been out of the case but the big wavy glass has. Maybe while making repairs or maybe it is an old glass just not original to this clock. The finials are all nice but I cannot say they are original to this case. Some trim is painted black for accent as was common in that period. The case needs some touchup on paint chips, and just a good going over, plus a little polish would not hurt. The brass is fine, not dull. The movement is running and striking properly. $500-$750.
Gustav Becker Vienna Regulator in a black Serpentine case, ca 1872. This case is very unusual for many reasons. I guess mainly because we don’t get many of the early Serpentine cases as we are more used to all the millions of Vienna’s with finials everywhere. The black case is 43 inches tall, has only one finial, a carved top piece, wall levelers, and the usual three glasses. I cannot guarantee that any of the three are original to the case. If they are replacements someone did a professional job replacing all the wood strips. Inside is a porcelain beat scale, matching embossed weights and pendulum ball, two piece porcelain dial with correct Vienna hands, and the signed 8-day brass movement that strikes a gong. Being the clock fool that I am I seriously wanted to keep this clock and sell one of my other Vienna clocks. So now someone else can enjoy a magnificent clock that is complete, original, and running. $500-$1000.