Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “No. 11 Regulator”, ca 1891. We have sold a good many of this model over the years always with great success for it has always been a popular clock. This clock may not be the finest of this model we have sold but there is loads of money making potential for a woodworker. The 50” high case is made of solid cherry and has not been loved like most No. 11’s we have sold. The problems I see are not major. Four of the wood balls on top and five small wood strips below the balls are missing. All the other wood parts of the case look to be original, no repairs or new parts visible. Some of the wood work is very detailed and most unusual. There is a door lock on the side, old winding crank, pair of iron weights and brass pendulum with the original wood stick. The weights run the clock okay but are not correct. I did not hang the weights for the picture. The paper dial is a replacement and I cannot vouch for the hands. The movement is 8-day, time and strike, mounted to a large iron back plate, and is powered by the two weights that descend each side of the case. The weight cords are wound around one spool on the bottom of the movement, then the cords go up to the top right, one crossing over the top of the movement to the left side, then both descend each side of the case. As you know we have always sold this model, in very nice condition, around $2500-$3500. Ly-Gilbert, page 135. $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.
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.
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.
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.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. hanging clock, “Office No. 6”, ca 1913. The case is a beautiful mahogany and stands 36” high. It has darkened over time, well taken care of, now with a very nice polished finish. It was made so you could remove the top if you want a plainer case. It looks nice and clean, even rubbed out. Both glasses are old glass, not sure if original to the case. Good signed Seth Thomas dial. The hands, pendulum bob, and wood stick are correct. The 8-day time and striking movement is signed and performing properly. There are some minor repairs and touch up spots where guys like me bumped it when hanging or hauling. Ly-Seth Thomas #1075. $400-$600.