Howard & Davis, Boston, No. 2 Banjo, ca 1855, one of the earliest of all Howard Banjo clocks and one of the rarest. It appears to be original with the possible exception of the painted glasses. The 8-day movement is time only and has maintaining power and dead beat escapement. The painted dial is original and has miniscule paint loss at the screw heads. The putty around the upper glass is original and the bottom glasses were held with wood strips. The brass pendulum bob and gold painted wood stick, pendulum tie down, and baffle board, are all correct and original. It even has a winding crank that I believe is original. The stained rosewood or fruitwood case is 44” tall, has the original finish, dark, but never cleaned, just polished. There is good graining on the case body, none on the upper bezel, and probably never was. Both push button door latches are intact and operating correctly although a little worn. The old iron weight is correct for the No. 2 and was cast with the number 2 indented. I would bet it was original for the very early models and were a little different than later ones. Some history of the clock was provided by one of the more recent owners. We can find very few recorded sales of this model but estimates put its value at $15,000 if all original. Ly-American Clocks, Volume 2, page 132. $5000-$7500.
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.
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.
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.
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.