Gubelin, Lucerne, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fine watches and jewelry since the mid 1800’s, and they also retailed clocks, many made by other Swiss manufacturers. This clock on a shelf is such a product. The painted wood case is covered with brass, has a key locking glass door in front and a latching door in back. The dial, movement, pendulum, and case are all signed by Gubelin. The clock is 18 inches but on the shelf both are 25 inches high. The dial is comprised of large porcelain cartouche numerals, porcelain inner dial, and original hands. Interesting that the pendulum is also signed by Gubelin. The clock is running and striking on a bell. $750-$1000.
Waterbury Clock Co. “Regulator No. 53”, ca 1906. This is a rare model that seldom comes on the market. This clock is for those collectors who want the clock to be original with a crusty crazed finish but is very dirty, unassembled, was in the beginning stages of restoration, but they did not get around to doing the work. It has never been polished in the sense of removing any of the crazing or finish, or dust for that matter. The black and gold label, inside, on the base is worn badly, about half there, but you can read, “Regulator No. 53 / Waterbury”, and other things not so important. It is senseless to report the good original parts, but some collectors feel better bidding if I say the following things are all original; signed dial, hands, brass ring, two weight pulleys, signed porcelain beat scale, correct brass bob, wood stick, door glass, and the 8-day, two weight, time only movement. It has dead beat escapement, retaining power, and needs to be restrung. The painted dial has some chips, touched up. What is missing; door lock, dial board, and weights. All I did was wash the glass a little so you could see inside. Believe me, it is dirty. I have sold this model for $4000 in the past. Ly-Waterbury #564. $800-$1000.
Polyphon Musikwerke was founded in 1890 in Leipzig, Germany, and in 1894 began selling music boxes in America. Polyphon, Regina, and Symphonion, the big three, had about 90% of the music box market. In a year of two the disc music boxes became obsolete as the phonograph became dominant in the home entertainment market. Most music box makers went out of business by 1914. This walnut meandering case is 11 inches wide and 6 inches high with a colorful lithograph on underside of the lid. The comb has 41 teeth and plays discs 8 inches to 8. 25 inches. It is operating as expected and comes with more than 25 discs. The case lid has a key lock in front, with a key. The winding lever is in front and is the activation knob. The case is in near mint condition. $1000-$1500.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. Plymouth Hollow, Conn. early model of the “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1863. This clock was made during the time the name “Plymouth Hollow” was being changed to “Thomaston”, to honor Seth Thomas. I have seen identical clocks with Thomaston labels. This early model does not have a seconds ring and the weight descends down the middle of the case and behind the weight baffle board. There is a complete paper label and beat scale on the baffle board. It is unusual to find them both intact, especially in such good condition. The large iron weight, pendulum bob, and wood stick, are all correct for this model. The 8-day brass rectangular movement is not signed, but they rarely are, and it is correct for the case. You will note that the movement has a second’s hand post. That means to me that the movement was one of S. B. Terry’s movements purchased in their 1859 bankruptcy sale. The movement is identical to movements I have seen in other S. B. Terry regulators and many early Seth Thomas regulators. Another big plus for this 150-year-old clock, is the original paint on the original dial pan. The only chips are around the screws and the hand arbor, plus a small scratch or two. The 34” high cherry case is very nice and all original except the backboard. It would fly right on thru most auctions because you can hardly tell. The clock came from a long-time collector who is beginning to downsize his collection of fine wall regulators. This model has always sold in the $2000-$3000 range when in good original condition. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 274. $1250-$1750.
“Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. Winsted, Conn.”, hanging “Regulator No. 11”, ca 1891. This clock is exceptionally nice. I cannot point to any place where I can tell it has not been cleaned, for there are no cracks or corners where smoke and grime is hiding except perhaps on the back. The 50” high ask case almost looks new. That may disqualify some collectors but thankfully a great many of us like our clocks clean and shining for that is the only way they can make it into the house, otherwise, they go to the garage or basement. We have sold a few of these unusual clocks in the past with many different movements. This one has an 8-day, time and strike, double weight movement, both weights wound from the same arbor, cords extending to the top corners of the case and descending the sides. Brass weights are half the size of normal weights. The strike is spring operated and wound like a normal strike. Pendulum bob, weights, and dial rings, are polished. Glass front and sides, original putty is clean. The putty could not have been black then cleaned. The new paper dial is signed the same as the first line in quotes above, and it is clean. Correct hands and all case hardware. There is no label and I do not think there ever was. I have never had a No. 11 with a label. Ly-Gilbert #353. $2000-$3000.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Arcade No. 1”, ca 1918. The back of the oak case is 25. 5” in diameter and stamped by the ST factory that it was made “1918F”, or June 1918. This is a significant clock, not one you will want to move from room to room. You will want to hang it someplace permanent. The case is 5” deep, and has a layered look, one on the other and the back of the case is an oblong box arrangement. The case has been cleaned and polished. Locks on the bottom with the winding key, hinged at the top. 18” painted dial is signed Seth Thomas. It has very attractive large hands, excellent dial, brass pendulum bob, large glass, and the 30-day double wind movement, are all original. The movement retains the original Geneva locks. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 351. $600-$900.