E. N. Welch Mfg. Co. “Regulator No. 11”, ca 1889. This is probably my 3rd or 4th Regulator No. 11 in 45 years. I kept one in my downtown office for 25 years. Many of you still remind me of those nice clocks you stole out of my 12th floor office. This case is black walnut, 60” high, long and lean, clean and polished. All the wood parts are original, so are the inside parts, i. e. the large beat scale, brass bob, long wood stick, dial, three old hands, and the 30-day double spring movement. The movement is signed, clean and running. Most all the No. 11’s I have had ran 45 days or longer. I have never had a No. 11 that was not an excellent running clock, and I have never had one that had a label or any evidence there ever was one. The large beat scale is signed, “E. N. Welch Mfg. / Co. / Forestville, Ct. / U. S. A. ” The only thing keeping this clock from being perfect is the dial. It is just too nice to be paper and be 130 years old. I cannot decide if it was repainted years ago or is old paper. It is signed, “E. N. Welch”. This model books for over $4000. Ly-Welch – Second Edition, #661. $3000-$3500.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 18”, ca 1883. A clock for lovers of “big clocks”, it stands 54” high, great walnut case that is clean and polished, and came right off the doctor’s great room wall where it had proudly hung for many years. I wish he would part with more clocks each year. I may not be holding auctions long enough to get them all. They sure are nice for he bought very nice clocks. The case is all original, and the signed original dial has kept its paint, the three hands look to be original, same with the brass weight, brass pendulum bob, wood stick, brass beat scale, and the brass pulley. Part of the old label is inside. The label was beat up pretty well by the weight and pendulum knob hitting it. There are no extra holes anywhere meaning the dial and movement are original to the case. The 8-day movement is signed and running. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 300. Booked for $4500 a few years ago. That is what we got for some sold in previous sales. $2500-$3000.
Gustav Becker carved wall clock, ca 1895. The 8-day movement is signed by Becker with their trademark circle stamp. It is running and striking a coil gong on hours and half hours. The pendulum is correct for the movement as it takes a special attachment for both the movement and pendulum. The movement is clean, operating and striking properly. It has a one-piece dial ring and brass inner dial, and nice original hands. The dial ring is silver with painted numerals. There is a round glass over the dial but no glasses on the sides. Instead the sides are carved, same with every inch of the entire case. The door has a side hook. The walnut case is 34 inches tall and 18 inches wide, clean and polished, complete and original. The wood is very dark, probably never cleaned to remove any smoke. The inside of the case is covered with red felt. I have sold scores of Becker clocks but this one is sure different, and very attractive. $800-$1200.
Rare French brass and glass carriage clock with an 8-day time and bell striking movement, also with two calendar dials, day of the month and day of the week, ca 17th Century. It is running and striking half hours and hours on a nickel bell and the calendars are functioning correctly. All the hands appear to be original to the case. It is 5 ½ inches wide and high. Black marble base, brass case, glass only on the front and entire top, back and sides are brass. Both glasses are beveled and very good. The brass has scratches and shows wear on the back hinged door. Front door has a knob, back door does not. Not signed anywhere, movement and case are numbered, “1861”. $1000-$1500.
French brass cased carriage clock, ca 1870, time, strike, repeat, and alarm in a finely engraved case with center seconds hand. The alarm hand is off, now taped to the top glass. The 6 ¾ inch high case is loose. I am guessing one or more new beveled glasses were installed and case was not tightened by screws underneath the base. Neither the dial nor 8-day movement is signed. The movement is sluggish, runs a bit and stops. All five beveled glasses are perfect, top of case is full beveled glass. The hinged back door is not tight, probably because case not tightened from underneath. $1000-$1500.
French bronze clock with Napoleon and his horse on top, ca 1880. The bronze case is 16 inches tall and 11 inches wide, decorated with cast bronze adornments all around the case. The one-piece porcelain dial has small chips at 4 and 12 o’clock and hairlines around. The backside of the clock is just as attractive as the front. Napoleon has a long sword on his side and there is a bowed and beveled glass in a hinged sash, covering the movement opening. The 8-day movement is signed two places, “Japy Freres” and another place, something “Paris”. The movement is running and striking half hours and hours on a nickeled bell. There are floppy chain reins, and movable stirrups that he has his feet in. The gilt or bronze is bright but would be much brighter if the black were cleaned off the metal. Nice collectable French clock. $750-$1000.