“Seth Thomas, Plymouth Hollow, Conn.”, printed on the label of this hanging, “Regulator No. 1 Extra”, ca 1863. I have several early trade catalogs dating back to 1863, and this model was pictured in the 1863 catalog. The Plymouth Hollow on the label and pendulum also dates the clock back to the 1860’s. Rosewood veneered case is 44” high, complete with all original parts. The doors have original glasses, key locking lower door and a locking knob on the bezel. The veneer is exceptional and if repairs have been made to the case, and it is reasonable to think there were, I cannot detect them. I do notice some rough places on the base caused by hauling the clock to me. The only change I see to the entire clock is a Dial House repainted dial. The hands, brass bob, gold stick, door key, sliding weight partition, beat scale, and the two old weights, are all near perfect and original. The weight partition board with the label attached is now covered with a piece of glass to prevent damage by the pendulum. The 8 day time and strike movement is pictured in Ly-Seth Thomas #846-A. Other photos of the No. 1 Extra are on pages 272-273. This clock has been hanging in the home of a long-time collector until removed to our location. Mr. Ly’s panel of experts give the No. 1 Extra Time and Strike, a book value of $5000. Our experience has shown that this model in excellent condition should bring $4000-$6000. Wait a minute, that was years ago. Now one of my favorite clocks is selling for chickenfeed. This clock even has the special Seth Thomas pendulum with the factory engraved and is signed by Seth Thomas at Plymouth Hollow. The pendulum alone is worth a ton. Also the time and strike models are exceptionally rare. $2500-$3000.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Regulator No. 10, Hanging”, ca 1910. We seldom see this model, and have only seen a couple sell in 40 years. There was one sold in an east coast auction 15 years ago for over $5000, not nearly as nice as this near perfect clock. We have sold many Regulator No. 11 models, none as nice as this clock. Some may complain that the 53” oak case is too nice but we see no indications it has ever been overly cleaned or refinished. Perhaps polished or rubbed, but when you see no black in the multitude of grooves and carvings, you have to feel that it has been protected thru its existence. It came to us with the superb collection of clocks, and the collector said it was the one clock in his house that everyone tried to buy. Label on the back is mostly there. Accessories are brass and nickel; bob, weight, pulley, beat scale, and dial rings. Two good glasses, one side glass has a crack, one held with the original putty, other two with new putty, colored over. Good wood stick, burl insert in the back board, repainted dial, three correct hands, and the original 8 day time only movement. If I were a Gilbert collector, this clock would not leave the house. Ly-Gilbert, page 135. $1500-$2000.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 9”, ca 1899. One of the most popular case styles, at least for the four feet and under clocks. I have had a case like this since I first started collecting in the early 1970’s. It is hanging in my den to this day. This 48” high case may be cleaner and nicer than mine but I do not wish to swap. The books say it was made in walnut and cherry, sorry but most seem to be made of oak. This case was never very dark like most old clocks that lived where coal was burned or tobacco was used. The case has been lightly polished but there are still sections that have smoke accumulation. My collection of wood samples tells me this case was made with red oak, not white oak like most oak cases. It certainly has a different look, straight line grain, not curly cue like white oak. Everything appears to be original, the movement, the signed dial, three hands, brass bob, wood stick, brass pulley, brass weight, and brass beat scale. There is some touch up on the dial. The back of the case has a factory stamp indicating the clock was made in 1899. It is running and only needs a place to call home. If I only had a bigger house it would stay here. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 287. Has booked over $4500 for several years. The last sale I can find was 2015 for over $3600. $2000-$3000.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 2”, ca 1890. Dark oak case is 36 inches tall, very clean, highly polished, but is dark and ready to hang and enjoy. Thankfully it has not been cleaned of its nice original finish. It has darkened over the 125 years since it was made but personally I like my oak clocks to be dark like walnut, mahogany, etc. All wood case parts and internal parts appear to be original to each other. The painted metal dial is only slightly soiled/aged, the slightest hint that the paint may be fragile, but that is normal for ST dials for they usually have lost a lot of paint by this time. It is signed in two places, and has three correct hands. Signed 8 day movements is running, pendulum, pendulum stick, brass weight, and beat scale, are all correct. No label or evidence there ever was one. America’s most collected clock. There must be one in every home. If I had unlimited money and a huge warehouse I would buy everyone that came up for sale. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 277. $500-$750.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 1”, ca 1874. A very nice polished mahogany veneer case stands 34” high, and is like all the examples pictured in the catalogs except most had a seconds dial. It is interesting that when they styles were changing from No. 1 to No. 2 they were almost identical. Some No. 2’s had the label on the sliding partition in the beginning. All the cases with bases like this one, were 34 inches. Gold gilt and black painted tablet is extra nice. If there is a serious nick, chip, or repair anywhere on the veneered case, I cannot see it. The veneer is polished, smooth, and as nice as you will see on a clock 140 plus years old. The old dial pan has new paint, and it appears they did not completely clean the pan of original paint. Good black label and white beat scale on the sliding partitions over the weight chute. Pendulum bob, stick, hands, and gold paint around the lower glass, are all original. There are no key locks on either door which leads me to believe the clock is a very late No. 1or an early No. 2. The clock is in operating condition and will make a fine addition to any collection. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 269-277. $1000-$1500.