Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 1”, ca 1860-1865. Complete black and gold label covering the weight chute panel, says in part, “Manufactured and Sold by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. Thomaston, Conn.”. Some of the paper beat scale is also on the weight chute panel below the label. Rosewood veneered case is 34” high; the veneer is grainy and appears to have never been cleaned. Both door locks are in place but latches were installed on both doors and apparently moved at least once leaving holes that should be filled and stained. The painted door glass has lost all of the black paint and much of the gold. It can be restored if you choose. The hands, glasses, weight, pendulum ball and stick, all appear to be original. As you can tell the pendulum ball has lost all the brass covering and now has a copper appearance. The movement is the early type, rectangular, unsigned, which is normal, and the weight drops down the center of the case like the later No. 2 regulators. This very early clock is running, and could be made to look good once more. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 269-271. $500-$750.
Waterbury Clock Company, “Regulator No. 67”, ca 1906. Dark oak case is 50” tall, retaining the original finish, clean and polished but retaining the natural darkening from smoke accumulation. The case is not perfect but very near. There are pressed designs on the top rail, ripple molding below that, and several layers of other molding. The large door has ripple molding all around. There are two door hooks and a large glass. We cannot say for sure the glass is original. The base has applied wood ornaments. The signed dial is holding its original paint with light flaking especially around the screw holes. The brass bob, wood stick, signed porcelain beat scale, and brass pulleys, are all original. The brass weights are probably more modern than 100 years old. Ly-Waterbury #573. $1200-$1500.
Waterbury Clock Co. hanging “Regulator No. 4, Rosedale”, ca 1881. This is a great clock, with one problem, the top is a replacement, but someone did an outstanding job. If the back were darkened and the peg holes were darkened it might fool me. I believe every No. 4 I have ever seen had a missing or a new top. The dark oak case is 51” tall, and has a bushel of style points. Note the spool rail on top, full turned columns, sloping decorative bottom, and the stylish bottom board. The case is original, (other than the top) lightly cleaned but still has some light crazing and smoke in the grooves and cracks. There was originally a key lock on the door, now replaced with a turn latch. Porcelain beat scale, brass bob, wood stick, and the three hands, all look to us to be correct. The dial has no problems other than normal wear and the pair of brass weights appear to be original. The movement is 8-day, double wind, time only, has dead beat escapement, retaining power, and solid polished movement frames. Ly-Waterbury #524. Would be worth twice our minimum if it had a top. $1000-$1500.
Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Regulator No. 14”, ca 1901. This is a large clock, 50” tall, made of oak and is really a well constructed clock with good cabinet work, applied ornaments, ripple moldings, some OG type moldings, some fine jig saw work, and pressed or carved objects top to bottom. The wood has been routinely cleaned and polished, and has gracefully aged to a medium dark shade. There is evidence of crazing all over, and dark in the grooves and edges, meaning it has not been harshly cleaned as much as just polished over the years. The original 8-day time only movement is running, powered by one weight, and has dead beat escapement and retaining power. The large weight and old dial we believe to be original. The dial is signed and has darkened over time. The hands, brass bob, wood stick, and beat scale, all appear to be original to this clock. The backboard inside is painted black which shows off the bob and weight more clearly. On the back is a complete paper label. Ly-Gilbert #359. $1250-$1500.
E. Howard & Co. Boston, “Regulator No.70”, the early model ca 1900. They made some changes in their Ca 1923 and later models. This case is 32” high and made of fine light oak. The case has been cleaned and polished. Both special Howard door latches are in place and operable, glasses are original, the old iron weight is stamped “70”, and brass key and pendulum also look to be original. There is no paper label on the baffle board, and part of the pendulum tie down on the baffle board is missing. Original metal dial is signed, “E. Howard & Company / Boston”, and is in excellent condition. Both hands are correct. The movement runs 8-days with the one weight, and is signed and running properly. Thankfully a large number of collectors like these light oak Howards. Ly-American Clocks, Volume 1, #427. Depending on overall condition this model will usually sell between $1000- $1500.
Waterbury Clock Company, “Regulator No.3”, ca 1891. This is a clean oak cased clock, 46” tall, just in to us from a long-time collector along with many other fine clocks from his collection. The stain and finish on the wood is outstanding. The wood parts including finials and other woodwork, are all original. The glass is old and it has the proper door knob and latch. On the base inside is a signed beat scale. The brass weights, pulleys, brass pendulum bob, and wood pendulum rod are all original. It has three correct hands, original signed dial and brass rings. The movement in this model runs 8-days, is time only, and powered by two brass weights. You won’t have to do anything to the clock for it is ready to hang and enjoy having come from a fine home where it has been enjoyed for years. We sold a walnut No.3 in our January 2011 auction for $4700. Gosh how times have changed. Ly-Waterbury #555. $1000-$1500.