Seth Thomas “Regulator No. 6” in oak, ca. 1880. An original issue, 47 inches long in a nice medium oak finish. Original dial pan and probably and old repaint, with some minor crackling. Correct hands, old glass in the door with no evidence that it’s been replaced. Signed 8-day time-only movement with an old pendulum stick and bob, weight, door locks and beat scale. No label and nothing on the back. Only flaw I see is the lower finials, which are duplicates of the upper finials and so not quite to specs; the bottom center finial from the back also looks like a replacement. Clock is running and keeping time, slightly out of plumb. The most recent sale I can find for an oak original No. 6 was in 2013 at Schmitt’s for $1900. This model is hard to find in oak. $1200-$1800.
Seth Thomas Office Calendar No. 13, ca. 1890. An original issue, 49-inch double-dial calendar clock in refinished oak, repainted original dials, original hands, old glass in the door, and recovered calendar rollers. The time-only, 8-day, unsigned weight-driven movement is running, keeping time and the calendar date and day indicators are advancing. The damascened brass pendulum bob and stick are original; the gold-painted weight is correct. The case is about perfect. The only thing I can find to complain about is the calendar dial, which could have been numbered a bit more sharply. You won’t notice that unless you press your nose to the glass. Big, heavy, and impressive. We sold an original oak No. 13 in January of 2015 for $3000; Schmitt’s sold a refinished oak original in 2008 for $4750. $2000-$3000.
Brewster Manufacturing Co. “Scroll Front”, 1852-1854. This short-lived company out of Bristol CT lasted only two years. The ribbed movement is signed “Brewster & Ingrahams | Bristol CT US” and there is a good green label inside. Both glasses are old, the lower repainted by Tom Moberg in the appropriate style. The gold detail on the papier maché front has darkened and some of the mother-of-pearl has been replaced. The painted metal dial is likely original and has a yellowed coat of lacquer over it. The replacement hands are correctly sized and correct to the period. The 8-day movement with a rack and snail strike mechanism is running and keeping time, striking on a wire gong. These clocks didn’t hold up well, but this one is better than most you find. $250-$400.
Seth Thomas “Regulator No. 2”, ca. 1928. This is the twentieth century version of this iconic clock; note the simple rectangular base on the 36.5-inch case. This version is shown on page 277 of Vol. 1 of Ly’s books on Seth Thomas clocks. Quarter-sawn oak in a golden finish, clean as can be; a beat scale and a brown paper label on the bottom of the case, polished bob and weight. The 8-day time-only movement is unsigned, running and keeping time. The metal dial is the original paint I think, with Seth Thomas hands. If you like oak this is the clock for you. $550-$750.
Telechron Model 8B02, “The Executive”, 1932-1938. Another early digital clock using rollers to show the time; there is a large disk that rotates to show the seconds in the arched window below the hour and minute windows. The front plate is engraved brass with a GE symbol at the top. The 6.25-inch high brown Bakelite case is in good shape, with the following caveats: Two small corners are missing on the back plate, with a larger corner piece broken but in place; part of one hinge on the top piece that swings up to allow you to adjust the time is missing, but the top still flips up and stays in place, open or closed. There is a lever on the back that you press to reset the red flag in front that alerts you that the power has failed (between the hour and minute windows). The clock is running fast, by about 30 min/day. These guys sell on eBay for about $150. $100-$150.
Waterbury “Drop Octagon Gilt” calendar, 1880’s. A 21-inch case with rosewood veneer, missing in a few places and in need of polish. The gilt trim is still evident around the inside edges, top and bottom. Original lower glass, not sure about the dial glass. Dial is very old paper, signed, with logo; hands likely replacements. Signed 8-day time and calendar movement, no strike; it wants to run but can’t quite do it. May just need the spring unwound and rewound to loosen it up. Old Waterbury pendulum bob and a good black label inside. $50-$125.