“Seth Thomas Clock Company. Thomaston, Conn.”, wall clock, “Suez” model, ca 1883. In an ebonized case 44 inches high with unusual features on top and bottom. Apparently you could sit a flower pot on top and empty your pockets at night and put them on a shelf on the bottom. The clock is entirely original with no repairs or new parts evident. The original dial is slightly faded but has no paint flakes as do most Seth Thomas dials this age. It has an 8-day spring driven movement that is running and it strikes a Cathedral gong on the hours. The dial ring, gong, and damascened pendulum ball are brass and the beat scale is nickel. Below the beat scale is a complete black label from which the first line above was copied. I could not believe when checked back thru tens of thousands of clock sales and saw that I had only sold one Suez in 45 years. You will never find a nice Suez, or any Seth Thomas for that matter. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 328. $1500-$2000.
E. Howard & Co. Boston, Mass. “No. 59-8 Regulator”, ca 1970’s. This model is sometimes called “Viennese style”, or just “Howard Vienna”. They made this model in several case sizes and many size dials. The movement is 8-day, weight driven, time only and recently serviced to guarantee running. The 46-inch-high walnut case has black highlighting in several places and the six finials are original to the case and are correct. The pendulum stick is painted gold and the special damascened pendulum bob is brass to match. The iron weight is correct, there is a correct beat scale, door latch, wood dial surround, painted dial with the correct Howard signature. The walnut weight chute was missing the 4 brass screws that hold in place so I used silver screws. You will want to install correct screws. If the case was not so nice you would swear it was a Howard original. $1500-$2000.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Regulator No. 4”, ca 1881. Here is another of Gilbert’s very fine clocks. Present are the top with its great carvings, a large bust of some character, and a lot of other fine wood work. There are three good glasses, original signed dial with seconds dial, three hands, nickel dial rings, nickel weight, nickel pendulum, nickel pulley, and nickel beat scale. The pendulum ball and wood stick are original. A former repairman, Bubba, polished the nickeled weight but in doing so he removed much of the nickel, leaving the weight with some copper showing. The walnut case is about 51” high. Gilbert’s original, unsigned movement runs fine. There are no surprises, i. e. extra holes anywhere; it is a good nearly original clock. The only repairs are the two pieces attached to the case sides opposite the dial. I found that I have sold only one No. 4 previously and it was missing the entire bottom. The picture of the #4 in Ly-Gilbert shows this clock with a finial on the base. We know of three other Regulator #4’s and they all had the same base as this clock. Ly-Gilbert #340. $1000-$1500.
Ansonia Clock Co. hanging, “Reflector”, ca 1883. This is the earlier example of this model, there were slight changes in later editions. Cherry case is 35” tall, gold stenciled designs around the top and base, and grooves filled with gold to highlight. There are four beveled glass mirrors on the sides and a wonderful glass in the door showing a young maiden picking fruit from a tree. Spindles top and bottom, small turned finials top and bottom, and a drawer in the base to keep your valuables. The movement is 8-day and strikes a Cathedral gong on the hours. Brass dial rings, correct hands, old dial, brass gong base, brass pendulum bob, wood stick, and a winding key. The 8-day movement is clean, signed, and original to the clock. Case is clean inside and out, a very attractive clock. We have sold these for $4000 when they were in excellent condition, especially the cherry cases. This one is very close. Ly-Ansonia, page 177. $1200-$1500.
Bundy Time Recording Co., Binghampton, NY, ca 1903. This is another great clock and case. The case is 45 inches tall and is a really nice looking clock. The oak has aged gracefully, now darker resembling walnut more than oak. Note the carvings on the top and bottom and on the dial board. The original, now dark, dial is complete and signed, “Made By Bundy Manufacturing Co. Binghampton, N. Y.”. The silver pendulum is signed, “BMCo”. Everything is original including the pendulum, beat scale, dial and hands, silver tag label on the dial board, glass, and door lock with key. The silver tag label says among other things, “Patented in Great Britain 1890”. The movement takes a special very large key and I would imagine it runs 15 or 30 days for it is also very large. $750-$1000.
New Haven Clock Co. hanging clock, “Standard Time No. 2”, ca 1883. This is an extremely rare clock that I have never seen or heard of. I did find evidence where a spring driven No. 2 sold many years ago, but none weight driven like this one. The company listed many uses for this clock and they can be read in Ly-New Haven, page 151. The first group listed is, “Commercial and public service, including the dropping of time balls, the operation of flash signals, the firing of time guns, and the control of time clocks”. Do I understand any of that? No. The 45-inch-high walnut case is so nice and clean it looks new. Again, no coal stoves in California. It uses a single round weight resembling those used in a Seth Thomas No. 2. It has a brass pendulum bob on a wood stick, original glass with gold leaf painted “Standard Time”, repainted dial signed, “Standard Clock Co. / New Haven”, correct hands, and a fancy metal beat scale. The 8-day movement is clean and running. For more information see Ly-New Haven, page 151. $1050-$1250.