Waterbury Clock Company “Regulator No. 53”, ca 1906. This large walnut case is 53 inches high, and has led a privileged life. Unlike most clocks this old it appears to have never been exposed to smoke or other elements that penetrate the wood. Let’s say I could be wrong and someone long ago cleaned it to look original. At any rate it is beautiful. Also, it is the only No. 53 I have noticed selling that was not made of oak. The consignor of this clock will only part with it because of downsizing to smaller quarters. The glass is old, original, no way to be sure. The old dial pan has been expertly repainted. Beyond that, everything else appears to be original and in excellent condition. It has a correct/original brass bob, wood stick, signed porcelain beat scale, original hands, and compounded pulleys in the case top, iron movement mounting brackets, and the two brass weighs. In the case is the small door key and the winding crank. The 8-day movement is time only with retaining power, dead-beat escapement, and was recently serviced, so it is running and keeping time. In the base of the case is a perfect label. We have sold very few No. 53’s, and the ones we have sold have sold have gone as high as $4000. We have seen sales on the east coast for large amounts even with top or bottom decorative trim pieces missing. Ly-Waterbury #564. $1750-$2500.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 17”, ca 1884. The oak case is 68 inches tall, stained very dark to more resemble mahogany and nothing has been cleaned. The door has three key locks on the side, all operational. The dial I believe to have original paint, hands are correct, brass dial ring, brass beat scale, wood pendulum stick painted black, large pendulum bob appears to have originally been a nickel color but someone painted gold over it to make it look brass to match the other brass accessories. I would remove the rest of the paint then go from there. The 8-day timepiece movement is their No. 62 movement, properly signed, has cut pinions, maintaining power, and beats seconds. The case is 68” high, beautifully polished and well-maintained oak that is all original including the seven small finials and the bottom decorations, wood door knob, the wood dial board, and the two glasses. There has been repairs made to the top and base but it looks to be identical to the originals. The brass weight, brass beat scale, and brass pulley all seem to be original to the clock. The case and movement are pictured in Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 298-299. In nice original condition we have seen this model sell for over $10,000. The only two we have ever sold went for over $5000. $4000-$6000.
George A. Jones & Co. pinwheel Regulator No. 4, wall clock, ca 1864-1873. Jones made clocks in Bristol, Conn. and New York, all of which are extremely rare and valuable today. This clock is an original Jones pinwheel regulator and in a similar style to many other models he made over the years. The beautiful mahogany case is 7 feet tall with a large finial on top and 3 finials on the bottom. It is practically impossible to carry and hang the clock with the bottom finial intact. It is not broken but apparently everyone removes it before hanging the clock. The porcelain dial, hands, 8-day movement, brass weight, and large lyre pendulum are all original to the case. Jones workmanship on the movement and case are extremely high grade and this clock is typical of Jones’ quality workmanship. The movement is running properly but I suggest inspecting the weight cord and movement before long term use. George Jones clocks do not come up often and this is an excellent example of one. $3500-$5000.
Ansonia Clock Company, handing clock, the “Capitol”, ca 1901. Ansonia made this clock many ways, with several different looks, movements, etc. Our clock has a double weight driven time only movement, with seconds dial. The 8-day movement is nickel plated and signed by Ansonia. The old dial is original, the three hands are correct, it has brass dial rings, brass bob and wood stick, the beat scale, and Lady Minerva on the top, all look correct. The 54” cherry case, YES CHERRY, is clean and polished; there are three good glasses, and a door latch on the side. The consignor thinks the bottom side finials may be replacements of the early style design. This is a lot of clock for this minimum. Depending on condition and accessories, we have seen these sell from $1500-$2000. Ly-Ansonia, page 184. $500-$750.
Ansonia Clock Co. hanging, “Prompt”, ca 1901. One hundred percent original walnut or mahogany case, 50” high, has the original finish and no repairs or new wood. As you can see the large glass is fantastic and has only slight wear. Note the original humming bird glass with the flowers and butterflies. There are glasses on the sides. All the clock parts are unquestionably original including the 8-day weight driven movement, good eight-inch dial, hands, brass pendulum bob, wood stick, and a signed beat scale. The movement is signed and is running very strong. If you want an original and hard to find Prompt model, this one is certainly all original and you should give it consideration as it is as nice as we have ever seen. Ly-Ansonia #599. $2500-$3000.
Ansonia Clock Co. wall clock, “Medina”, ca 1886. Perhaps the most rare and hard to find clock of any in this auction. In 45 years this is only the second one I have offered for sale. The near mint mahogany case is 52 inches tall, original finish with no more done to it than occasionally polished. There is no damage or replaced parts. All finials and attached parts are original and the carvings are unusual and were expertly done. The 8-day double spring movement is running and striking hours on a gong. It has an 8-inch porcelain dial that is also perfect. Other than our sale some 30 years ago I cannot find another Medina that has sold anywhere. Ly-Ansonia #553. $2500-$3000.
Welch, Spring & Co. “No. 7 Regulator”, ca 1882. This clock is also called the hanging “Patti Regulator No. 7”. They made this model using three different movements, double spring, one weight, and two weights. Our clock is the one weight model that is rarer than the two-weight model. The one weight model has a sweep second hand while the two weight does not. This case is made of Black Walnut with what Welch called, “Extra Fine Finish”. It is 47 inches high, has five finials on top and five on the base. On first glance they all look alike; however, the top finials are slightly different than those on the bottom. All the finials look like those pictured in the catalogs. It has a large brass beat scale signed, “Welch, Spring & Co.”, a large door glass, two glasses on each side, five glasses in all, and they appear to be original. It has a brass weight and pulley but we do not know if they are original. The eight-day sweep second hand movement is time only, running, and original to the case. It mounts to an iron back plate. Included is the correct size hour and minute hands, pendulum hanger bracket, and an original Patti No. 7 Regulator winding crank. It is missing the dial and pendulum. If we had those items we would be talking five figures for this rare clock. Ly-Welch, page 104. $3000-$4000.
Welch, Spring & Company, “Regulator No. 5”, ca 1873-1884. The No. 5 Regulator uses an eight-day nickel plated movement with double springs. The front plate is stamped, “E. N. Welch, Forestville, CT. U.S.A.”. This is the same movement that was sold to the Ithaca Calendar Clock Company for use in some of their clocks. This is another fine clock from the northeast doctor’s collection. He acquired his clocks many years ago, buying only the best of the rare models. It has the original finish, very dark with some crazing, needs to be polished and some small details attended to. The walnut case stands 52 inches tall. Complete with all the correct fragile finials, two original glasses on each side, inside gold frames, original glasses in the two front doors, and overall the case is nice except the top was broken off and glued back in place. It has an original painted dial that is near perfect, correct hands, pendulum bob, gold wood stick, and key. The bottom door is key lock, with key, escutcheon is missing. We have not seen this model previously, and if they are out there in collections, we do not see how they could be very many of them. Ly-Welch, page 98-99. $1250-$1500.
Ingraham Clock Co. store regulator with a new advertising glass. The 8-day movement is time only and running well. My wife wanted this clock in the kitchen in place of a cherry Seth Thomas #2 Regulator, but I balked. If one had to go it had to be the Ingraham. It has the correct pendulum, door latch, hands, and top glass. The dial is also a replacement. $200-$350.
Ansonia Clock Co. hanging, “Queen Elizabeth”, ca 1901. The walnut case is 37” high, the original finish has been cleaned and polished, not stripped. A new paper dial with the Ansonia logo was installed on the old pan, all the brass was polished, movement cleaned and serviced, so that now it is ready to hang and enjoy. I cannot find any flaws, or replaced parts on the wood case. We believe all the finials and other wood parts are original to the case. The door glass, pendulum bob, pendulum stick, and the hands, are probably original to the clock. On the back is a paper label, about 95% still intact. Ly-Ansonia #620. Books for $1050. $300-$500.